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Coolest Homemade Paperbag Princess Costume

by Donna H.
(Sault Ste. Marie, ON Canada)

Homemade Paperbag Princess Costume

Homemade Paperbag Princess Costume

I love Halloween and I love Robert Munsch's childrens' stories... especially The Paperbag Princess. This past year I was racking my brain trying to come up with a quick, cheap and easy, yet unique, Halloween costume idea when I took a gander at my book shelf. There it was.

This homemade paperbag princess costume cost me a total of $1.20. It's 2 paper lawn waste bags. For the dress, all I did was cut holes out for my head and arms to fit through.

The crown took a bit of work, but was still pretty easy. I cut a long, wide strip from one of the bags, folded it length-wise a few times, rolled it onto a tube and stapled the seam closed. The spikes on the crown were made by cutting out long, narrow triangles, folded in half with low-gauge wire inside so they could be bent and twisted. These were then affixed to the tube part of the crown with clear packing tape.

The whole crown was then wrapped and covered in the same tape to make it a bit sturdier. I stapled a narrow elastic headband to the crown (the same colour as my hair) to keep it on my head.

I wore a flesh-coloured bodysuit underneath and a pair of ratty shoes. DONE!

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Paper bag costume
by: Liz

Can anyone tell me where I can purchase a couple of these large brown bags without having to purchase in bulk?

Thank you for sharing!
by: Anonymous

Thanks! Was looking around for ideas on the crown, and yours looks like it's exactly what I'm looking for. :)

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Coolest Homemade Paper Bag Princess Costume 2

by Kasso P.
(North Bay, Ontario, Canada)

Homemade Paper Bag Princess Costume

Homemade Paper Bag Princess Costume

Well my homemade paper bag princess costume is made out of brown wrapping paper and clear duct tape.

I started with the brown wrapping paper and wrapped it around me and I then got my friend to put the duct tape on me to keep it in place, after that I went and got “fragile” duct tape just to add a little touch to make it a little more sexy.

After my homemade paper bag princess costume was made, it was very tight and hard to sit at first then I broke it in and now it’s awesome :)

I would consider making another costume like this but probably a duct tape dress this time. You will get a lot of feedback because it’s so awesome

What u will need:

Brown wrapping paper
Clear duct tape
Scissors
And possibly a friend to help with the duct tape

Def. a good way to stand out, because it’s so different! :)

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Coolest Paper Bag Princess Costume Idea 4

by Christine
(Windsor, Ontario Canada)

Paper Bag Princess Costume Idea

Paper Bag Princess Costume Idea

Paper Bag Princess Costume Idea
Paper Bag Princess Costume Idea

This Paper Bag Princess Costume Idea is from Robert Munchi's famous book. I used a leaf bag and turned it inside out to hide the logo on it.
Then cut two holes for my arms, and one for my head.

I made the crown out of a piece of foam and painted it with some gold paint I had. I took MAC's Carbon eye shadow and rubbed it all over my arms, face and the bag, to create a burnt effect.
I also crimped by hair to give it that frazzled burned out hair look.

Just so I didn't feel so frumpy I added a belt and some cute shoes! This is DEFINITELY the CHEAPEST costume I've ever made!
Happy Halloween!

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How did you get the crown to stay on your head?
by: Anonymous

Did you use an elastic or bobby pins or something?

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Coolest Paper Bag Princess Costume 3

by Jessica
(Richmond Hill, ON)

Homemade Paper Bag Princess Costume

Homemade Paper Bag Princess Costume

I work at a kindergarten school and always have a hard time finding an original costume that the kids will reckon. So after reading the book, Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch to the kids for a couple weeks, I decided to create the character myself.

The kids loved my homemade Paper Bag Princess costume. I even wore the costume to a Halloween party but the bag ripped.

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