Are you ready for this years costume? I don’t even know where to begin because it’s always a tough one with our daughter. (If you are new around here you can read up about her struggles HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE, yup it’s a lot) I always have to start out her costumes with a plain muumuu type dress and then she loves villains now (sigh), she’s opinionated beyond any normal reasoning and very moody.
I thought Queen of Hearts would be awesome but when I showed her the photos again from the Queen in the latest movie played by Helena Bonham Carter, she almost lost it and was beside herself how ugly she is. When I showed her my red wig that I had leftover from my adult Elmo costume (click HERE there is a small photo at the bottom of the post) she was starting to like the idea again. I had to promise her that we’d come up with our own version of her.
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Cheap and Easy Queen of Hearts Costume
You can also just buy this dress HERE and skip the duct tape part.
Aditional costume supplies:
- red and yellow duct tape
- cards (click HERE) and
- a cape
- I already had the dress, crown which I originally bought in Germany but you could use this one HERE or HERE
- face paint
- adult red wig I already had as well
In my head I mapped out a combination of all the inspirational images I found of the Queen of Hearts and I felt like I really wanted to include the yellow and black dress detail from the cartoon and that is where the duct tape came in place. I started laying out a pattern, drew a line in the middle and cut the line. After that I taped red duct tape together on my kitchen countertop, measured a rectangle of the size heart I wanted on her chest, drew a heart on the duct tape within that rectangle and lifted it all off my countertop so I could cut it. I used regular craft scissors to cut out the shape and pasted the hearts on the chest of the dress.
Here is what I ended up with and it wasn’t all that exact to be honest but it was ok in the end:
I also used the cards to tape them to the collar of the cape with black duct tape which you can see in the upcoming photos. I taped them together on the back of the cards with the duct tape and then glued them with super glue to some cardboard which then was taped to the cape with duct tape again.
For her makeup I used THIS paint again and ended up doing a simple version of the Queen’s makeup with white face, blue eye shadow, black eyebrows and eyeliner, a black heart mole and red heart lips:
Over the makeup part she had a major fit because the dress was bothering her again. I guess even a muumuu wasn’t cutting it this time. I ended up having to redo the white face paint twice because she was crying and flipping out. Ugh I’m sure it’s so hard to imagine for parents who’s kids can wear just about anything. She can’t and she is still driving me insane, especially when I put a lot of work and thought into something like this.
I was thrilled how it turned out but I’m not sure about her.
I told her to smile but she said that the Queen is miserable and doesn’t smile….Ok young lady. Whatever!
Also check out my other costumes ideas:
My husband and I loved it but guess what she is doing now? Sitting in her room cutting up sweat pants so she can make her own comfortable Zombie outfit (What happened to wanting to be a princess?). I don’t know if I should laugh or cry about it. I’m glad she wants to be creative in her own way but also upset that she can’t just put this one on. Did you notice in the photo that I had to stick the cape on the wall because she couldn’t even handle wearing it on her shoulders? Sensory issues galore here again and my nerves are wearing really really thin.
Besides what my daughter thinks, do you like it?