Hello, hello! Sorry it’s been so long, but after a bit of a hiatus I’m back with lots of new, fresh ideas.
As Halloween is approaching, I’ve started preparing my costume (although we’ll have to wait and see whether I actually wear it or change my mind at the last minute…) and one of the most awesome, “scary” characters ever is Disney’s sassy villain, Maleficent. Here’s how to make yourself a headpiece like hers.
- PVA glue
- Plaster bandages (optional)
Step 1: Blow up a balloon to about the size of your head and sit it in a bowl. You may need to secure it with tape. Then tear up newspaper pieces, dip them in a mixture of PVA glue and water and stick them to your balloon. Cover it until you’ve got the shape you want your headpiece to be, then stick a couple more layers over the top to thicken it.
OR cover your head and hair with a protective cap (I simply used cling film) and then dip pieces of plaster bandage in water and smooth them over your head to create the shape of the headpiece. Make sure you don’t cover the back of your head because you need to be able to get the headpiece on and off. You can papier-mâché over the plaster to even out the shape afterwards.
Step 2: Make cones in varying sizes using your card, then tape them together in a sort of spiral to make the shape of the horns. Try to make them symmetrical.
Step 3: When the headpiece is dry, tape the horns to it and cover these using the same papier-mâché method as before. Give them a few layers to make sure they’re strong and secure.
Step 4: Once everything is dry, paint your headpiece. I used acrylic paint to do this.
Step 5: To keep the headpiece on your head securely, make a hole in each side and thread some elastic through. My headpiece has three strands of elastic running across the back to ensure it is held securely in place.
Now find yourself a staff and a pet raven and live your life as a glamorous and powerful villain! (Or you could use your powers for good!)