So, when you’re in a family of nerdly types, the idea of “dress-up” takes on entirely new proportions. As in, coming up with scaffolding for horns made out of a person’s actual hair, because the dress-up requires such things.
And then people want to know how the heck that happened, so you do up a photo tutorial, because it is 2014, and people expect such things. And pin them to Pinterest. And maybe even do them at home, too.
We designed this last fall for Salt Lake City’s Comicon, and mine Eldest is doing it again for SLC Comicon 2014, and for tonight’s movie opening for Maleficent at our local cinema.
Start with hair that’s near shoulder-blade length. Take four chenille stems (pipe cleaners!), and fold them in halves, then twist the halves together. Bend the bottom 1.5″ at a 90* angle, and twist the endy bits to form a basic four-sided pyramid. (Yay! Geometry!)
The pyramids go onto high ponytails (smooth any stray hairs upward and spray the heck out of them), and get anchored with a few bobby pins.
Then, the wrapping commenceth! Wrap small strands of hair up and down the pyramid, coming back to the base to secure them. Spraying with ultra-hold hairspray as you go helps.
The tips are the hardest to arrange; you want all the scaffold covered, so wrap a bit more tightly, but don’t compress it too far. Seriously, spray the heck out of it.
You’ll be able to bend and mold the horns to a certain degree. Then, spray all the heck out of it.
Eldest created a wrapped black wire headpiece to go with this costume; we made a standing collar to mimic dragon wings. When it’s all in place, it’s remarkably effective and evocative of a very young Maleficent, kind of cranky about being left out of the fairy parties again.
Trust me, she may be smiling on the outside, but she’s still pretty evil within.
Well, maybe a little evil.
Okay, not so much. But the horns are magnificent.