The classic feminist fairy tale The PaperBag Princess by Robert Munch was always one of my favourites as a child. She was so different from all of the other princess books and it was a good message that perhaps planted the seed to me studying gender studies at university – but maybe that’s a stretch. Anyways, it is such a great kids story.
This usually is an easy, straightforward costume to create – a square bag with a hole for your head and arms and a yellow construction paper crown. Of course, I wasn’t going to do a normal version of this costume, I wanted create a haute couture version of the dress. See instructions on how to create your own fancy Paperbag Princess dress below! As a bonus this costume is CHEAP to make – since most of the material is brown paper bags.
- Brown paper bags – lots of them!
- Glue gun and glue
- Elastic (to make a skirt waistband)
- Duct Tape (to secure the bags on the backside of skirt)
- Mini dragon stuffed animal
- Gold wire
- Gold coloured crystals
- Regular make-up routine and,
- Brown eyeshadow to make your face look dirty.
- Boyfriend to be your Prince Ronald
- Cover your shoes with brown paper bags
- Cut an elastic band a length slightly smaller than your waist (approximately 1-2 inches). Sew in place
- Cut bags apart to create flat rectangles
- Lay them flat and cut the corners off the top part which will loop around the elastic.
- Loop the top part over the elastic and secure with glue – SCRUNCH the bottom part of the bag
- Create multiple layers of bags under the first layer until you receive the desired length and fullness. Tape the layers into place with duct tape (glue may also work)
- Scrunch the bags to get the a puffy crinoline look
Note: You need to wear something under this dress; especially in case it rains (which it did when I wore it – hence the costume did not survive a second Halloween).
- Tape multiple bags together until it can reach around your chest
- Tape closure on the back or side while you wear the shirt
- Play with accordion folds to make the strap more interesting
- Add a dragon!
- Make a circle with the gold wire
- Loop five triangular points around the circle. As you make the points add a gold crystal at the top, twist the wire to secure the bead and create the next point.
- Once the points are complete add a thin wire with a gold bead above the first circle; twist around the points to secure it.
- The crown doesn’t have to be perfect, being bent adds to the look.
Happy Halloween! Have fun and be safe!