Coolest Homemade Dorothy in a Tornado from Wizard of Oz Costume

In honor of the 70th Anniversary of the Wizard of Oz, my little girl wanted to be Dorothy. We wanted to add a twist to just making a standard Dorothy costume, so we decided to trap her in side the tornado that carried her away to the land of Oz.

We sewed up her Dorothy dress, then I constructed a tornado with wire, that I purchased from the local hardware store. After I got the form of the tornado, I then soaked some tuelle in a sugar water solution to act as a stiffener. After it set I surrounded with spider webbing. Then sewed on cars, trees, miniature fencing, gas tanks and some miniature Wizard of Oz Christmas ornaments including the wicked witch of the west,the scarecrow, lion, tin man, and Gelda the good witch.

We got a basket carrying Toto and some red glitter shoes to complete this Homemade Dorothy in a Tornado from Wizard of Oz Costume. It took some time to construct, but was really fun for her to wear. It seemed as though it came together well, it was lightweight for her to wear, and was a fun spin on a Wizard of Oz themed costume.

Altogether, it was a cute costume, she loved it, and was a fun project for Halloween.

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  1. Link to picture: http://bhaney.drivehq.com/oz/Dorothy-and-the-Tornado-A.jpg

    The Dorothy costume was store purchased with custom ruby red slippers made with glitter and bows. The basket was added along with a little dog from home. The Tornado was fabricated out of a chicken wire frame covered with paper maché. It was painted and air brushed, then accessorized with photos from the movie (the flying witch, Gulch on the bicycle, the men in the boat where across the back) all scenes that Dorothy saw through the window from inside the tornado.

    We also took the audio from the scene in the tornado as the items are flying by and Dorothy was yelling for Auntie Em. This played from an ipod nano and small speaker just inside the top of the funnel. We also added some farm toys and cows hanging from the bottom of the funnel. The port-hole was made to look like the one in the first scene at the Emerald City. Dorothy and company ring the bell only to find out that it is out of order (“Who rang that Bell?!?”). It had a door that would open allowing me to see out of the front.

    The bottom legs of the pants had a picture of Dorothy’s gate and the house from the movie imprinted on them with more airbrushing to
    who the destruction flying up around the tornado.

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