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Project

Swamp Couple No-Sew Costumes

Start with a simple dress, jacket, and tie -- nothing you'll want to wear again in its original form. Have fun with the wide selection of silk and plastic leaves and flowers that are available; you need not follow our choices.

Materials

  • Dress
  • Jacket
  • Tie
  • Wide Selection of Silk or Plastic Leaves or Flowers (we used Silk Spiderwort)
  • Leaves and Plastic Maiden-Hair Ferns
  • Hot Glue
  • Scissors
  • Safety pins
  • 2-inch length of slender ribbon
  • Bobby pins

Steps

  1. Step 1

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    To make the dress, we cut the sleeves off a thrift-store dress and covered it by hot-gluing silk spiderwort leaves interspersed with plastic maiden-hair ferns. Put a dab of hot glue at the base of each leaf, leaving tip free; start gluing from top of dress. Do a design with the leaves, let vines crawl up your dress, or go for colors and patterns with roses, daisies, or flower petals.

  2. Step 2

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    To make the men's tie, first knot tie on wearer's neck, then cut through in back; use a safety pin to fasten in back for easy removal. We chose silk French-smilax vine, and hot-glued it onto the tie.

  3. Step 3

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    To make the jacket, we hot-glued plastic cedar branches onto the body and plastic maidenhair fern onto lapels and pockets. To make hat from an extra-large leaf, make a tiny double loop from a 2-inch length of slender ribbon: Bring both ends to center of ribbon and glue in place; then hot-glue ribbon loops to back of leaf. Attach with bobby pins through loops.

Source
Halloween 2000, Fall 2000