DIY Queen of Cards Costume

Oct 17, 2014

DIY Halloween Costume 



It's about that time! Halloween is approaching and it's time to start figuring out what or who you're going to transform into. It's that one night of the year where you can seriously be whatever or whoever you want to be. While some people take this time to wear the least amount of clothing possible (taking "minimalist" to a whole new level), for me it's all about being creatively put together and still myself. No masks or bloody faces for me. I'm more of a happy costume person.

In the past I never really put much thought into my costumes. I'd normally just throw something together last minute (i.e. an old homecoming dress and a tiara, or my track uniform lol) and that was that. But last year I decided to try something different. About a year and a half ago I saw a picture on Facebook of a girl wearing a dress with some playing cards glued on. I thought it was the coolest thing ever and Snap Chatted a picture to one of my friends with the caption "halloween costume anyone?"

It was around May and no one was thinking about halloween, but I never forgot about that outfit. The problem was I never saved the picture, I have no idea who the girl is, and it was impossible for me to find the outfit on Google or Pinterest, so I decided why not make my own and put my own twist on it. The only inspiration I had was the picture I saw for 10 seconds, but that was all I needed.

I was set on making this idea come to life, and that's exactly what I did. I put the outfit together.... last minute.... I swear I am the worst procrastinator ever. You would think that since I had the idea months in advance I would've had everything prepared we'll in advance. Wrong. There I was the day of Halloween glueing playing cards to my skirt and burning myself along the way.

But it turned out so perfectly. Just like I had imagined. The time and effort it took was so worth it because I seriously felt like I just created a masterpiece. Seriously. So proud.So here we are a year later and I really want to share this DIY project with you.  Today I'm share all of my tips with you including how to get the most bang for your buck.

Let's be real. Who really wants to spend a fortune buying a halloween costume that you may only wear once and risk the chance 3 other random girls having the same costume on. Don't let that happen. This DIY is sure to keep your look original and I can almost guarantee that at least one person will say something along the lines of "OMG. Love your costume!"

I'm excited!! Lets get started.

Things you'll need 

Step 1 

Decide what you want to use as your base for the cards.  I chose a skirt and top combo, but you can choose whatever your heart desires. It is probably a good idea to keep the color of your base to either red, black or white, just incase every spot isn't covered. You wouldn't want your neon orange skirt to be the center of attention.

tip: To keep the cost down try Goodwill, Buffalo Exchange, or Amazon

Step 2 

Glue the cards on to your outfit keeping a pattern in mind. I went for a collage look so there wasn't a set pattern, just make sure not to fill an area with just one color card.

Personally, I think the easiest way to go about it would be to put on your skirt and top (or whatever base you decide to use) and glue the cards on while you are wearing the clothes. Have a friend help you out with the spots you can't reach, or you can twist the outfit to a place where it is reachable.

tip: If the material of the outfit is really thin (my top is a spandex material) make sure the hot glue doesn't get on your skin. I just pulled my top away from my body when I first applied the glue and waited a few seconds until it cooled down. Please DO NOT burn yourself :)

Step 3 

Once you are done gluing the cards try the outfit on and make sure everything is secure.

That's it! Super simple steps. Gluing the cards can take some time but if you have a friend help you out you'll be done in no time.

If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask!

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