Halloween 2015 // DIY Snake or Mermaid Costume

I am so excited to be a snake this year for Halloween. I planned out every detail of my costume, from scale like earrings to green pumps. Once I finally assembled everything together I realized that the costume could double as a mermaid costume. To differentiate between the two when I wear it out saturday night, I am going to do very distinct snake makeup so it is very clear which of the two I am portraying.

Materials:

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-Long Green Skirt
-White Top
-Grey Shoes
-Green & Gold Paint
-Sponges
-Fishnet Stockings
-Large flat piece of wood to tape shirt down onto
-Glue Gun
-Green sequins & Jewels
-Extras: Snake Necklace, Snake Clutch & Earrings

I started by mixing a light and Β dark green paint and sponging it onto the heels.
All while I watched How to Get Away with Murder because making your own Halloween costume is much more fun with a scary show in the background.

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I let dry for a few hours.

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(The grey underneath gives a cool speckled effect)

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I then added some gold paint along the toe area and the sides.

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Next I tapped the top down onto a wooden board (which happens to be my families NHL playoff board. I still need to clean the green paint off of it).

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I stretched the fishnet stockings over top of the shirt, trying my best to cover the entire surface.

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Isn’t is weird how cats couldn’t care less about what you’re doing until you’re working with something (namely paint) that they could make a huge mess of? I picked up Beatrice off of the table at least five times, but she kept jumping back up to see what I was doing.

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Similarly to the shoes, I mixed the two green paints together and sponged them onto the shirt to create a scales pattern. Then I added a little bit of gold. I let it dry completely, flipped it over and did the same thing on the front side.

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Once the top was dry on both sides, I whipped out my gluon gun and started gluing on some gems. This is where it started to look like a mermaid top. I may add some more sequins before Saturday to make it look a little less uniform.

Here are some pictures of how the main pieces all go together:

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Thanks for reading πŸ™‚

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