This Mother Nature costume has been brewing in my mind for two years. I envisioned myself as a force to be reckoned with, representing the power and beauty of nature. Over the past 12 months, I meticulously refined my sketches and gathered all the necessary components to bring this vision to life.
Gathering Flora and Fauna
A significant portion of the flora, including the 3D butterflies, was sourced from the Dollar Tree. I also diligently collected various natural elements along the way, aiming to incorporate a harmonious blend of the four elements.
Celestial Headpiece: Illuminating Wisdom
The celestial headpiece, a symbol of Mother Nature’s cosmic connection, was meticulously crafted using a headband, zip ties, polyfill, cardboard, and gold and silver spray paint. Witnessing it light up for the first time was an exhilarating moment. Its lightweight design ensures comfortable wear throughout the festivities.
Verdant Skirt: Embracing the Earth
The skirt’s base consists of hunter green broadcloth, featuring a sleeve at the top for the belt to pass through. Remarkably, we discovered this fabric, the last available bolt, in the outdoor fabric section at Joann’s. A green flap conceals the white belt, and my mother’s sewing expertise proved invaluable in creating the sleeve for the belt. Our collaborative efforts added a special touch to the costume.
Layering the Elements: A Tapestry of Life
My best friend, my unwavering companion, and I worked tirelessly under my direction to complete the remaining elements of the costume. The skirt itself boasts multiple layers, starting with ivy, ferns, and leaves, followed by a variety of flowers, and accented with moss at the top. This process inevitably resulted in a few glue gun burns! An open panel at the front of the skirt reveals brown leggings and thigh-high boots that perfectly match the skirt’s color, resembling a majestic tree trunk.
Bodice: A Symphony of Nature’s Treasures
The bodice is adorned with real seashells, 3D butterflies, multicolored gems, and real bark and lichen sourced from my parents’ property. Fake moss adds an additional touch of natural beauty. My self-applied face makeup features an array of gems in four different sizes, reflecting the abundance of nature’s treasures. (Several practice sessions preceded the big night.) For lips, I blended three shades of gold eyeshadow, complemented by voluminous lashes.
Embracing the Applause: A Triumph of Creativity
At the costume party I attended last night, my Mother Nature costume was a resounding success. Everyone admired the intricate details and the overflowing creativity evident in the design. I was overwhelmed with joy and appreciation, and tears of happiness welled up in my eyes. The countless hours devoted to planning and executing this masterpiece were well worth it. She is undoubtedly the most detailed costume I have ever created. MOTHER NATURE BECOMES ME!!!