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Paper Wigs

Make these paper wigs for a fun and easy way to add to your Halloween costume!




  • Plastic grocery bag
  • Scissors
  • Round object to use as a head form (we used a cabbage)
  • Masking tape
  • Newspaper, thin colored paper, or curling ribbon for "hair"
  • Double-sided tape


  1. Step 1

    Cut down a plastic grocery bag to create a single sheet of plastic. Place plastic sheet over cabbage.

  2. Step 2

     Apply strips of masking tape to plastic, overlapping each slightly, until you have formed the shape of a skull cap. Add two to three more layers of masking tape to create a firm wig base. 

  3. Step 3

    Remove cap from cabbage, and trim excess plastic around cap. To add extra support, place a few strips of masking tape around the edge and inside the skull cap.

  4. Step 4

    Place cap back on the cabbage and begin styling the wig. Cut colored paper or newspaper to 1/2-inch strips, or cut lengths of curling ribbon to create hair. Curl "hair" by carefully dragging across the closed blade of a pair of scissors.

  5. Step 5

    Add 4- to 6-inch strips of double-sided tape to the bottom rim of the cap, and begin adding hair. Continue adding more tape and "hair" strips until you reach the crown of the cap and the wig is full.

The Martha Stewart Show, October 2008



Reviews (9)

  • hometownbetty 1 May, 2014

    Dear Martha, thank you for sharing you tutorial. I added a twist to your idea to make my son's Mozart-inspired wig for his Mozart costume.

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  • shereesews 8 Mar, 2011

    Crazy and fun - a new idea I've never seen! I'll try it someday.

  • zalenski 14 Oct, 2010

    cutest thing i ever saw! fun for everybody and practically FREE! i can't believe the newspaper curls so well. OMG! wish I knew someone with a head who could wear that

  • my5crazkids 14 Nov, 2008

    I made one with blue and gold ribbons to match my sons school colors. We went trick or treating and then to the game. I used a cotton winter hat for the base and weaved the ribbon through. Danielle

  • my5crazkids 14 Nov, 2008

    I made a wig after I saw this show. But I made mine out of ribbon. I used the colors of my sons school and wore it to the football game that was on Oct 31. Everyone loved it (except my son lol) I use a winter hat as the base and weaved the ribbon through it and tied each piece and curled the gold and left the blue straight. It took a wile but it was so cute and warm.

  • trampolinegirl 29 Oct, 2008

    this sounds great. i missed the program. a photo or video would be very helpful

  • chousholder 29 Oct, 2008

    OHMIGOSH!!!! this is stinkin cool! will be doing tonite and then spray painting them to match the costume!

  • plynne 29 Oct, 2008

    such a great idea...I told my daughter, who couldn't watch...where's the pictures ?