Cool DIY Maleficent Costume for a Man



This is my first time attempting to make a Maleficent Costume.

I have been very eager to do this for a long time. I was very excited that I finally get to dress up as her, as she is one of my favourite Disney villains. I recall it was last year I saw Maleficent’s costume sold in a store. It was badly made and sold at an unreasonable price. Better to DIY, I thought, especially since I loved going through the process of designing and making the dress.

Actually, the first thing I made was her staff. I made it long ago before I started on the costume. I simply used a wooden stick, modelling clay and Styrofoam ball. This time, I’ve decided to create another version of the staff, a light up version.

It was indeed quite a challenge to try to match and get as correct as possible to the Sleeping Beauty movie. I did lots of research on her costume, and on other people’s interpretations and versions of the evil fairy. I’ve also looked at movie clips and stills where Maleficent appears. As I watched the movie, I pressed the pause button many times to study her carefully. Furthermore, I’ve looked at some figurines of Maleficent I collected in the past, and images of figurines from the Internet. I also have a doll of her from The Great villains Collection in 1992 that I’ve used as my main inspiration/reference. It is, in my opinion, the best version portrayal of the Villainess.

People say that my costume was very accurate, and I’ve had people ask me how I made the staff  (the non-light up one).

I began with designing and developing sketches of the overall look. For instance, it would be hard for me to walk if I made the spikes at the bottom of her dress go pass my feet to the floor, so I made only a few of the tips touch the ground. A few days later, I went and bought the fabrics. I had some pictures of Maleficent saved on my phone so that when picked out the colors.

It was indeed quite a challenge to try to match and get as correct as possible to the Sleeping Beauty movie. I did lots of research on her costume, and on other people’s interpretations and versions of the evil fairy. I’ve also looked at movie clips and stills where Maleficent appears. As I watched the movie, I pressed the pause button many times to study her carefully. Furthermore, I’ve looked at some figurines of Maleficent I collected in the past, and images of figurines from the Internet. I also have a doll of her from The Great villains Collection in 1992 that I’ve used as my main inspiration/reference. It is, in my opinion, the best version portrayal of the Villainess.

It is the day before Halloween, there wasn’t enough time for me to carefully plan out and design the horns. I have been studying Maleficent for a long time, drawing her horns again was easy for me.  I quickly drew four horns, sewed them together and stuffed them with lots of cotton pieces.

On Halloween, I used the old staff I made long ago, it doesn’t light up, the sphere was just a  Styrofoam ball painted green, but the overall effect still looked great. It matched with the dress very nicely. Before starting the light up staff, I took some time to figure out how to create a circuit with LED bulbs and the placement of the LED light bulbs, the battery holder and the switch. For the stick, I used a pipe tick enough to contain a single double A battery. I used two double A batteries, one stacked on top of one another. For the sphere, I happen to find a yellow ball in the dollar store. I thought it would be the perfect fit. I took it home and dug a hole at the bottom for the LED light bulbs to go in. Finally, I glued the plastic sphere onto the staff and everything is completed.







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    • Chris

      I would really like a step by step!

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