Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Harry Potter and a DIY Paper Wig

Now I am one of a rare and dying breed...those that have never read any of the Harry Potter books or seen any of the movies. Gasp, I know. And it just so happens that Ryan and I were invited to a Harry Potter-themed Halloween party. What's a girl (with no Harry Potter knowledge) to do? Google it.

We decided on Gilderoy Lockhart for Ryan. One rented 3-piece suit and a carefully styled wig later...

When it came to me the first suggestion was Madame Maxime. She's a French teacher...I'm a French teacher, she has a brunette bob...I have a brunette bob. My research revealed that she is mighty tall. Ryan's suggestion: "Just walk around on stilts." Um...I was definitely not committed enough to the character to risk a broken ankle.

Then we came across Sybill Trelawney, Professor of Divination. Big coke bottle glasses, hippy attire, and long wild hair. Now that's a costume I could put together.

Call me weird, but I refused to wear a wig from the costume rental store. The wigs I looked at had bobby pins and leaves still in them from the last customer. Scenarios ran through my mind of how someone ends up with leaves in their wig. No thank you. 

The used wig was out. Store-bought wigs were pricey. I had made a paper wig in the past while working at a summer camp for kids. Trelawney's crazy hair would be easy to make out of paper. It's really simple, let me show you...

All you need is a hot glue gun, scissors, paper of your choice, and a beanie. The first time I made a paper wig, I didn't use a beanie. I simply made a skull-cap by holding butcher paper over my head and wrapping masking tape around, then trimming it.

Since Trelawney's hair is sort of a brushed out perm, I wanted to give the paper texture. This paper crimper did just that.

After running sections of paper through the crimper, I cut them into strips. Next, I folded the strips accordion style.

The last step is to glue the pieces to your beanie (or paper cap). 

The possibilities are endless with paper wigs. The first paper wig I ever made was with green butcher paper I had laying around and I curled it. It curled just like ribbon would. But you could also make an amazing looking wig with curling ribbon as well. These are fun to make for crazy hair days at school if you have kids.

This is what we look like normally, before the Harry Potter transformation.

Could we be more unattractive in this photo? Someone actually thought that those were my real glasses. That would be awkward.

Although I've confessed that I know nothing about Harry Potter, I could still appreciate all of the details that our friend Karen put into the party. So I will leave you with some of the incredible decorations.

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1 comment:

  1. You look amazing. I love it. Very creative wig... Im impressed!


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