Here is the fourth costume in my last minute diy halloween costume series!… the adorable Paper Bag Princess!
Who doesn’t love the Paper Bag Princess?!… if you want to make this costume dig up the following materials:
Large paper bag… if you’re in Calgary you likely have a stack of these kicking around with the new composting collection kits that were rolled out this past summer… if not you can create a paper bag shape with some brown kraft paper!
Cereal box… for the crown!… or you could use a heavy card stock or construction paper… or even a thin sheet of glittery gold foam
Gold Paint… some gold acrylic from the dollar store will do the trick… or even gold spray paint!
Gold Glitter… this isn’t necessary but what princess doesn’t want her crown to glitter!?
Twine/ribbon… to attach the crown to the melon of the wearer 🙂
Tape… clear packing tape works, or duct tape… I also used two way tape for the tapeless look
Hole punch… if you don’t have one don’t worry… you could poke a hole with a pen or a knife just the same 🙂
Dragon stuffie… okay its a dinosaur but it’s the closest I could find quickly!… another idea if you are making the Paper Bag Princess costume in adult size and you have a little is to dress them as a dragon! OMG HOW CUTE!?
To get this last minute costume underway peel open the cereal box… I like to start with the crown… as by the time the dress is done the paint should be dry 🙂
Draw out a rough crown shape… the Paper Bag Princess’s crown is by far perfect… its a little twisted and banged up… so don’t fret about making the shapes perfect!
…as you can see the first coat of paint looks rough!… depending on the paint it may take 2-3 coats to cover the printing… acrylic dries pretty quick but if you want to speed it up bust out the hairdryer on medium/low and give it a quick dry… I painted both sides and stood the crown piece up against the bottle so that both sides could dry at the same time…
After my second coat was painted on and still wet I sprinkled gold glitter over the tips of the crown for a little sparkle… I used a sheet of parchment under the crown to catch the glitter in an attempt to not get glitter eeeeeverywhere… tinfoil works here too!
Because the paint was still wet the glitter stuck without needing the extra step of applying glue to adhere the glitter once the paint dried 🙂
To create the round crown shape I used my handy dandy glue gun to glue the edges of the crown together… in a pinch you could use crazy glue or some other glue and hold it together with paper clips or clothes pins until that glue is dry… heck even a stapler would work if you don’t have glue on hand…
After the crown was glued together I twisted up the crown tips… to match the crown of Robert Munch’s Paper Bag Princess…
Next we need to make some holes in the crown to tie that sucker onto the wearer… if you don’t have a hole punch don’t fret…
…you can use a pen or knife to poke a couple holes on opposite sides and that will work just fine!…
Tie strings or ribbons… yarn… whatever you have on hand that will work to each hole… leaving the pieces long enough to be tied under the wearers chinny chin chin…
Okay the last minute costume crown out of the way it’s paper bag dress time!… Have any large paper compost waste bags kicking around!? Perfect! Those are the easiest way to create this last minute costume… if you’re looking to make the costume in adult size you may have to use two bags and do a little cutting/taping to work the two bags together to get the length/width that you need… OR pickup a roll of brown kraft paper from your nearest post office and tape/cut/fold that paper into a custom sized bag for your paper bag dress!…
To make this dress for the darling little I started by cutting it to length for her… from shoulder to above the knee… then I cut the bottom off of the bag…
Because the bags that I have are printed all over the outside I cut the bag down one side and turned the outside to the inside… reversing all of the folds and taped it back together with duct tape on the inside.
…see! Print on the inside!… nice plain bad on the outside!
…duct tape on the inside to put the bag back together… and turns out the bags I have are double walled… so I used two way tape to secure the outer layer of the back back down so that I wouldn’t have to apply tape to the outside of the paper bag dress… really though you could put this seam a the back and use clear packing tape on the outside in a pinch 🙂
…I’m just a smidge too persnickty for that… so two way tape it did the trick for me!
Next I cut down the sides of the bag from the top of the “dress” a few inches… this will vary based on the wearer and you can adjust as you assemble and try the dress on.
Cutting down also allows to attach the top of the bag together so that it will be attached at the shoulders…
To do this I folded the top edge of the back of the “dress” down an inch and taped it into place…
…then I folded the top edge of the front of the “dress” over the top edge of the back of the dress and taped it into place with two way tape
…that sounds complicated but when you see this picture it makes sense… right!? lol essentially we’re preparing the top of the back to have shoulder straps!
…once the top of the bag is attached draw on a neckline on the front of the bag…
…and on the back… the back does not need to be as large as the front… and you can always cut small and make it larger as you try it on the wearer… a real custom fit
I also drew on the rough arm holes and cut those out too… again these can be easily adjusted once you start fitting on the wearer…
Once you’ve test fit and made any additional cuts to fit you are done!
If you are going to an indoor party this works best with a small dress or tank top and shorts underneath… if you live in cold Canada and will be wearing it outdoors then it definitely works with pants and long sleeves!
To checkout the other costumes in this last minute costume series: