Making a Fairy Costume

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Girls everywhere love to dress up as fairies or pixies. This fanciful costume is perfect for Halloween or just dress-up fun. This is a page about making a fairy costume.


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October 29, 2009

Here are the instructions to make a cute costume for your child for Halloween.



Measure child's waist and cut a ribbon 3x that measurement. Make a mark in the middle, this will be the center of the waistband. From that point, measure half the waist measurement on each side. Tie knots to mark end of waist.

Cut tulle strips twice the desired length. My daughter wears a 4T, and I used approx 30 strips of tulle to make her skirt. To attach to the waist band, fold tulle strip in half and form a loop under the ribbon. Pull the ends through the loop, forming a knot. Do this all the way to the knots on both sides of the ribbon/waistband.


Once you have the desired fullness of the skirt, go back and double knot the strips of tulle.

Tie a few strands of curling ribbon around waist band for a little sparkle. Hot glue or sew (or pin!) a plastic sunflower to front waist. Skirt will tie around waist in the back.

Tip: I tie the ribbon around my thigh while tying the tulle. It keeps the ribbon in place and helps judge fullness.

For the headdress, we found orange with fall leaves at a dollar store. Any Halloween themed will do. Use the same curling ribbon and tulle as used in the skirt. Measure child's head and cut garland to size. Tie tulle and ribbons to the garland.

Wings can be made by shaping wire hangers or thin wire and covering with pantyhose. Or you can luck out like me and find them for $1 at the Dollar Tree! Pair with a dark shirt, tights and shoes!


By Laura from Columbus, OH

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Recently, I had the opportunity to attend Fairieworlds, which takes place not too far from my home. It is an all-ages art and music festival where everyone is encouraged to dress up, like a combination Renaissance Faire and ComiCon. Nearly everyone was dressed up, sometimes very elaborately and the idea of "fairie" was loosely interpreted. You might see a pirate or a little boy in a dinosaur costume or a cavewoman. Such fun people watching!

I put together this outfit from a dress I already had and maybe $10 of dollar store craft items. I felt very cute and comfortable the entire afternoon.


Time to Complete
30-45 minutes


  • Flower Crown
  • 2-3 bunches flowers
  • floral or gardening wire
  • ribbons for decoration
  • decorative butterfly ornament
  • Wings
  • Dollar Store wings (green)
  • red permanent marker
  • isopropyl alcohol

The red sparkle freckles were applied by a friend but I have seen those plastic gems available in many places. Use eyelash glue to make sure they adhere well. None of mine fell off and some of the face gems were still on from the day before.



    Flower Crown

    I bought 3 different artificial flowers at the Dollar Tree, in red and orange colors that went well with my dress. I also bought a package of butterfly ornaments in a similar color. I already had the floral wire, which was a copper color and relatively thick. I don't have the exact weight. If I were more skilled at attaching the artificial flowers, I think I could have made a crown without the underlying wire, but it was helpful as a guide for me.

    1. First, I measured the floral wire to fit my head. Make it a bit larger than you think. I had to start over and make my crown a second time as it was too small once the flowers were added.
    2. I spaced the flowers out relatively symmetrically around the crown. I just wrapped the green wire stems around the floral wire and then snipped off the long ends.
    3. Once I had it all put together and knew it fit, I wrapped the wire with a matching red ribbon.
    4. I had intended to have the ribbon be long and drape down the back, but the length I had was just enough to cover the stems. Instead, I added additional ribbons for that effect and curled them. I attached one of the butterflies to the hanging ribbons and another one to the front of my dress.
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    I had intended to make my own wings like I did when I was a kid, using wire hangers and pantyhose. However, pantyhose is relatively difficult to purchase cheaply anymore, being unfashionable. At least, I didn't find it at my local dollar store or grocery store. And the wire hangers of my youth are not available anymore either, as the dry cleaners use the ones with a tube more often. So I altered a pair of wings that I purchased at the Dollar Tree. They were a bright lime green before I started in on them. I thought that would be more organic looking than a pink or purple color as a base.

    1. I took a red permanent marker that I had recently purchased at the dollar store and colored in the green wings. There were noticeable pen strokes no matter how thoroughly I colored it in.
    2. We decided to spray it with rubbing alcohol. This spread out the red color and made it look more organic. Be careful though because it is easy to spread the red color off the wings when it is wet. I may have to repaint a wall in my bathroom. :)
    3. I then tied the wings directly onto the back of my dress. This was necessary because the elastic broke the very first time I tried to put them on. But it also made the wings very unobtrusive and seamless with the outfit, since the colors I used matched my dress. I was worried about damaging the wings so I put the dress on once we got there, but I was able to sit in the car no problem on the way home.
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