Coolest Homemade Ariel Costume

I’m a bit of a Disney freak. Anytime there’s an opportunity to craft a costume I usually go for one of the characters. I’ve been everything from a wicked step sister, to Malicifent, to Snow White. I decided to be Ariel from the Little Mermaid. I was determined to win best costume at the event we were going to.

For the hair I ordered a vibrant red wig from eBay… cost me about $20.00 with shipping. For the flower I purchased felt from a dollar store and pipe cleaners. I cut out petals from the felt and hot glued two pipe-cleaners to the inside edges. This allowed me to bend the petals in more life like shapes.

For the shell bra I actually bought plastic shells from the dollar store, painted them and glued on purple gems. I hot glued them onto a purple bra I already had. To finish the back I purchased purple felt that I cut in scalloped strips and glued them on the sides and back of the bra.

For the fin I found really cool green metallic green fabric,which I sewed together. I took it slow, sewing tighter and tighter down the sides until I found a comfortable fit.  For the fin part I bought three different kinds of green tulle and sewed to the bottom starting from the knees to the floor. I even made a clay pipe with seaweed as a prop. And cut an old t shirt up to make the purse she uses to store her thing a ma bobs.

Reactions from the costume were amazing. Everyone was amazed that I made it. Tons of people asked to get their picture with my friends and I (who dressed as fish) and we had a blast! Definitely worth the time spent making it!

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    • Lorena

      you look amazing, is that a wig or your hair?

    • Nathy F.

      Omg I so want to try this!! I don’t know how to sew though. I’ve been thinking of signing up for classes at Michael’s. Ariel’s my favorite Disney princess and I’ve never dressed up as her! Pinning this and revisiting it later. :)

      -Nathy @ Earnestyle


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