Creating a costume, headdress or prop when you don't a lot of money is an art. Especially if your sewing skills are pretty basic, like mine. I'm a proud glue gun expert and while I would like to have the means, time and talent to create couture/fine art costumes for now I've had to rely on my sheer will power and some glue sticks...and some hand stitching. In these posts I'm going to explain how I crafted some of my favorite costumes on a dime.
The Swan Headpiece
What I used: Newspaper, masking tape, white feathers, rhinestones, and felt
What it cost: $40 for the swan, $15 for the flowers. $65 total
The Lowdown: In celebration of our Christmas show coming up I decided to breakdown this "Swans-a-swimming" headpiece. I wanted to create a headpiece that was fairly large but also light weight to wear and dance in for an entire act. This headpiece was created as I went (meaning there wasn't any planning). I started with newspaper and sculpted the swan form, using masking tape to hold it together. I covered the whole swan in white felt (except the beak- which I used orange and black felt). Then I glued feathers to the body (ostrich plumes for the wings and chest, small feathers for the neck/head). The head is covered in white and orange rhinestones (acrylic rhinestones around the top, swarovski around the beak). The bottom of the swan is felt and fits that shape of my head. There are tabs of felt and an elastic band that help secure the swan in place. The roses on the side are two separate clusters that are added as the finishing touch. The result is a beautiful unique lightweight swan that sits right on top of my head. It's so light that I wore this piece to a NYE party comfortably for 5 hours straight.