The Queen of Hearts DIY Costume

It’s finally here! My Halloween costume reveal! I worked on this all last week and am SO excited to show it to you! I’m all about do it yourself costumes! Nothing makes me more mad than going to a Halloween store and paying an arm and a leg for something I will wear only once or something that makes me look like a baby prostitute. I’m just going to be honest, I once liked those skimpy little costumes they sell…but really? A sexy Crayon….really? No thanks, I will stick with my DIY kind that I can make, reuse parts of, and be proud of when it’s all said and done! So here you have her…..the Queen of Hearts!
DIY Queen of Hearts Costume
I owned almost everything for this costume, which left it at a mere $5! I’m pretty sure that is an all time low! The tutu skirt is reused from last year’s Minnie Mouse costume, I just added a little bit more red tulle to it and cut out the hearts and spades from felt I got from Joann’s (30 cents per sheet). I wore black spandex shorts that I owned underneath though you could wear any black shorts, or just black leggings. The glittery dot tights were from Target last year and you can still get them here. The red heels are from Aldo about 5 years ago, but you could wear black or silver/gold if you don’t have red.
Queen of Hearts Halloween Costume
The card collar was probably the most intense part of the costume. I used photo squares that I have for scrapbooking to hold the cards together initially just to get the shape correct. I placed them where they wouldn’t be seen and then once they were all in place I taped the cards together more permanently with clear packing tape, once again, where you couldn’t see it. I then put a layer of modge podge on the cards to make them a little more stiff and heavy duty. If you cut out a piece of paper in the shape and size of your neck and follow along with the shape of it, it should fit and stay perfectly around your neck without help!  DIY Queen of hearts collar Queen of hearts card collar
The crown was made out of yellow craft foam I got from the children’s section of Joann’s. I cut the shape of the crown and then stapled it together in the back. The glittery foam hearts on it are also from the same section. They have sticky stuff on them already and I used them all around the crown AND to cover the staples on the back. Then, I attached it to a black headband.
Make Your Own Queen of Hearts Costume
My favorite detail is the playing card bracelet. I saw one of Etsy for $10 and I knew it would be easy to make. I made a few folds in the center of the card and then tied a red ribbon around it to make the bow shape. Then I cut a piece of black ribbon and tied it around my wrist with that! Oh, and who could forget the flamingos! The Queen of Hearts played croquet with flamingos, so I plan to use my summery flamingo cups from Party City when we have friends over on Halloween. DIY Card bracelet Queen of Hearts Playing Card Bracelet
DIY Tulle Tutu for Queen of Hearts Costume
This tutu was from under my Minnie Mouse costume last year. I bought it on clearance at Joann’s for pretty cheap because I didn’t want to stand in monstrous fabric cutting line. This year I moved the tulle pieces on it around so that there were chunks of colors instead of every other strand being different. I also added a little bit of extra red tulle. If you are not sure how to make a tulle tutu it’s super easy. You take a piece of elastic the size of your waist and tie or sew it into a circle. You then cute pieces of tulle twice the length you want the skirt to be and loop tie them around the elastic like shown in the photos below!
Making a tulle tutu DIY Tulle tutu
There you have it! My Queen of Hearts costume for Halloween 2014! Have fun making your own! If you have an awesome Halloween costume post, shoot me an email at allthatglitters810 (at) with the link and I might feature it here on the blog this week!
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DIY Halloween Costume: Minnie Mouse

(With the growing popularity of this post, I have made a Minnie Mouse costume available on Etsy for the little ones. See here for the listing.)

Hi Lovelies!

Halloween is less than 2 weeks away, and it is my FAVORITE holiday! Obviously, I already have my entire costume all together and today I am going to show you all how to make a skirt for YOUR Halloween costume! My friend, Chelsea, is having a Disney Halloween party….so naturally, I needed to be Minnie Mouse. You can get any sort of different fabric and use this skirt for any costume you want:)

So, some of the outfit I had just lying around, but I didn’t have a red and white polka dot skirt. I looked around on the internet and found some like this one and this one, but I didn’t find any that I really liked, so I decided I would make my own:)

How to make a Minnie Mouse skirt:

Minni Costume Steps 1-3

The first step is to cut the fabric. I started with red and white polka dot fabric that I got at Hobby Lobby. You will want to measure your hips with a tape measure and then divide your hip measurement by 6.28. This will tell you the radius of your hips. Then fold the fabric in half, like it was on the bolt (hotdog style).  Then fold it in half again the other way (hamburger style). Take the corner of the fabric and measure your hip radius length and mark on the fabric with chalk. Do this all the way across the fabric as shown in the second photo above. Then cut along the dotted line to make the waist hole.

Minnie Mouse Steps 4-6Take Then take your tape measure and measure how long you want your skirt to be. For your reference, mine was 13 inches long. Then measure this length down from the waist hole. Move your tape measure around and mark on the fabric with chalk, just as you did at the waist. Cut along this chalk too. Open the fabric up and it should look like a doughnut! I then cut down the fabric from the waist to the bottom so that I could adjust my skirt and make it smaller more easily once I attached the elastic.

The next step is to cut the elastic to the size of your waist. Once you have the correct length elastic start pinning it to the waist of the skirt. You will need to make a few small pleats as you go around your skirt in order to use up all of the extra fabric and make a skirt that doesn’t go straight down.  Sew the elastic to the waist band. I then put the skirt around me again to make sure it fits alright. Mine didn’t, I had to make it a bit smaller (hence why I cut up the side). Then sew up the side seam and keep going smaller until it fits you as you would like. If you want to finish it off by hemming the bottom, go for it. I didn’t since I am only going to wear it one night and it doesn’t look messy not hemmed.

I wanted cute ears, but everything I found that was specifically “Minnie Mouse” was too expensive for one use (These Lilly inspired ones are adorable, but obviously wouldn’t match…lol). I just bought some plain mouse ears from the Halloween store, but I did make the bow with left over fabric from the skirt. I wanted a big bow and the ones in the store were all too small. I took some of the extra skirt fabric and cut/sewed it into a rectangle and then tied a small piece of fabric around the center to make the bow shape. I then hot glued it to the Mickey ears. I already owned the black shirt, sparkly tights, and yellow shoes:)

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There you have it, a homemade Minnie Mouse costume! Hope you enjoyed!

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