I came up with this idea while shopping in a thrift store for Halloween. I found this dress and for $2 I just had to do something with it. I bought the dress and used double sided (sticky back) Velcro to along with a needle and thread to fasten a whole bunch of small dolls around my waist. To stick with tradition, I wore almost no make-up. I wore socks over thick white tights and black lace up sneakers. The essential to this costume was the hair. I tried a few practice runs and did a ton of internet research, however found no “how-to” for polygamist hair, even my hairstylist friend could not figure it out. What I settled on was taking a thin toothed hairband and putting it about an inch and a half farther back then I normally would and then pushed it forward to create a “poof”. I then did a french braid down the back of my hair. I used a TON of hairspray to make to poof stay poofed. I honestly have no clue how real polygamist women do it.
Tip if you’re planning on doing this, traditional polygamist dresses are one solid pastel colour, not patterned like to one I used. They also usually have a collar.
My daughter's birthstone is a sapphire, but the type of gem can easily be changed by using a different color paper. (Purple=amythest, red=ruby, green=emerald, etc.)
We started with a piece of cardboard (18 x 13 inches, for a larger person use a bigger piece), then cut the corners to make a gem shape. Next use tape to fasten smaller pieces of cardboard (9 x 7 inches) to the center of the first piece. This gives the gem more dimension. Wrap the whole thing with solid blue wrapping paper. Optional: add glitter to make your gem sparkle! Make a second gem exactly the same way. Then attatch the two gems at the top with 2 pieces of rope to make a sandwich board. Use yellow or gold card stock cut into 1 inch strips to make 2 paper chains the same length as your arms. Fasten these to the top of the front gem with tape. To put on the costume, slide the sandwich board over your head & slip the last loop of each chain over your wrists.
My mom would say snakes because she thinks they're gross and slimy. My dad would say spiders because he got stuck underneath a trailer as a kid and had them crawling all over him. My parents went to a party where you were supposed to dress as what you're most afraid of. M
y mom bought snakeskin fabric and made her dress, then made snakes out of coat-hangers, cotton filler and the snakeskin material to wrap around herself. She used green eyeshadow and very pale powder to make her skin appear a greyish-green.
My dad wore all black and made a hourglass out of red felt that he hot glued onto his shirt. He put black fabric around wire to create the legs (make sure to attach all of them together first with rope/wire) that he attached to his belt/back of his shirt with safety pins.
Krampus is a traditional creature of German/Austrian pre-christian origin. Typically large groups of Krampus would descend upon towns and villages on December 5th and punish the naughty children and wicked adults, then the following night Saint Nikolaus would come and give candy and gifts to the good children.
Here in America, Krampus could surely find full-time work with all the naughtiness and wickedness that abounds...
We wanted to come up with something creative, so we based our idea of Miley Cyrus's hit song: party in the U.S.A...literally. The song is in every public place you walk into, there is no escaping it. We used poster board, paint, and sketched the U.S.- Then made confetti, party hats and used glowsticks to be the PARTY! People thought it was a great idea!