DIY Paper Costume, Lisa Kettell

DIY Paper Costume

By Lisa Kettell

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Halloween is right around the corner. Do you know what that means? Halloween parties that you need to find costumes for. Why not make your own costume using crepe paper, tissue paper and Beacon Adhesives Mixed Media Glue?

In under a 1/2 hour you could create your own magical costume straight out of a Vintage Dennison’s Costume Book. The only extra thing you need is your imagination. So let’s get started and make a costume or two….



  • Mixed Media Glue, Beacon Adhesives
  • 1 Package Folded Crepe Paper, 20″ wide by 7.5 Feet
  • 3 Packages Tissue Paper, 20″ wide by 26″ in length (I used tissue paper that had an iridescent sheen to it)
  • Sequin Trim
  • Scissors
  • Clothing Snaps
  • Sewing Needle and Thread
  • Other, Paper Stars, Rhinestones

Step One

Measure your whole torso area with a piece of crepe paper, wrap it around yourself or your child’s torso area. After wrapping it around measure an additional 5 inches of crepe paper.

DIY Paper Costume Pattern

Step Two

Once you have measured your torso area, fold the crepe paper in half 2 times.

DIY Paper Costume

Step Three

Tuck in the ends of the crepe paper. Top, bottom and both ends. Glue in place with Mixed Media glue. Do not glue closed.

DIY Paper Costume

DIY Paper Costume

Step Four

Open all three packages of tissue paper. Layer all the tissue paper on top of each other. Fold one of the long sides of the tissue paper over by 1 inch.

DIY Paper Costume

DIY Paper Costume

Step Five

Thread a needle, knot the thread a few times and sew a quick running stitch along the folded edge. Gently pull the thread and push the crepe paper together. This will form the waist of the skirt portion of the costume.

Step Six

Glue the threaded part of the skirt to the inside of the crepe paper bodice using mixed media glue. Lay a book over the glued area to help secure the glue. Let dry.

DIY Paper Costume

Step Seven

Cut triangle shapes from the crepe paper and glue around the waist area of the dress using mixed media glue. Add paper stars, Let dry.

DIY Paper Costume

Step Eight

Stitch snaps along the back of the dress. This will allow you to close and wear your dress.

DIY Paper Costume

Step Nine

Finally add ribbon to the top of the bodice for straps. Layer sequin trim along the bodice for more decoration.

DIY Paper Costume

You could also try printing a pattern from a vintage 1920s Dennison Halloween Book or find one from a Simplicity Pattern. This project is great for last minute adult or kids costumes, using as a Halloween prop or party display.

Don’t forget to enter A Very Beacon Halloween Contest ending Nov.5, details on our blog and media sites.

A Very Beacon Halloween

See you soon and remember; “Be Creative and Be A Beacon”




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