I had been working on a costume idea for a while. While helping my friend find makeup ideas for her costume, I came across a marionette costume with makeup. I just knew then and there that’s what I had to be. It looked like so much fun.
The core of my costume was homemade. The skirt was made from strips of plain and glittery black tulle that I purchased at Walmart. Another internet search revealed a fantastic way to make a no-sew tulle skirt. The best part is that I can always take the skirt apart to reuse it for something else. I’m all about repurposing stuff for other costumes or decor.
I must mention that my mini top hat is my proudest accomplishment to date. It didn’t cost me a cent. A paper coffee cup taped to a cut-up manila folder served as the top and the brim. I then covered it using a Sephora shopping bag and gift box. Their colors were a perfect complement for my own black and white color scheme. Next, I trimmed the hat with shredded black paper and red tissue paper, which were included. Finally, I glued an old hairclip I found in my drawer to the underside and voila! What was being sold in stores for about $10 a pop, I made for FREE!
To pull the whole marionette look together, I made the control bar out of three dowels and some string. I just slid the stick down my back and it held nicely with my bra. A lucky trip to the Goodwill store landed me the perfect vest and I purchased the striped tights on Amazon. Those purchases were about $7 a piece.
I had great fun wearing this costume, but I think I had even more fun putting it all together. What a treat!!!