DIY PaperBag Princess Costume Tutorial

DIY PaperBag Princess Halloween Costume

DIY PaperBag Princess Halloween Costume

Paperbag Princess CrownThe 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.

 

DIY PaperBag Princess Costume

Supplies

PaperBag Princess Halloween Costume Supplies

Dress:

  • 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

Crown

  • Gold wire
  • Gold coloured crystals

Make-up

  • Regular make-up routine and,
  • Brown eyeshadow to make your face look dirty.

Accessories (optional)

  • Boyfriend to be your Prince Ronald
  • Cover your shoes with brown paper bags

PaperBag Princess Robert Munch

Prince Ronald and the PaperBag Princess - Couples Costume

Instructions

Skirt

  1. Cut an elastic band a length slightly smaller than your waist (approximately 1-2 inches). Sew in place
  2. Cut bags apart to create flat rectangles
  3. Lay them flat and cut the corners off the top part which will loop around the elastic.
  4. Loop the top part over the elastic and secure with glue – SCRUNCH the bottom part of the bag
  5. 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)
  6. 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).

PaperBag Princess Skirt in progress

Shirt

  1. Tape multiple bags together until it can reach around your chest
  2. Tape closure on the back or side while you wear the shirt
  3. Play with accordion folds to make the strap more interesting
  4. Add a dragon!

Dragon on shoulder

Crown

Paperbag Princess Crown

  1. Make a circle with the gold wire
  2. 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.
  3. Once the points are complete add a thin wire with a gold bead above the first circle; twist around the points to secure it.
  4. The crown doesn’t have to be perfect, being bent adds to the look.

Happy Halloween! Have fun and be safe!

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Bright Shadows

DIY, Fashion, Allergy Life. Toronto jewelry designer, blogger & starving artist at heart.

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