Fortune Teller Costume
This Halloween take on a tarot-card reader's disguise, complete with chains, medallions, and deck of cards. The necklaces may look flashy, but they're just "costume" jewelry -- gold paper circles glued to lengths of cord. A tattered skirt doesn't require any sewing; instead, cotton squares are tied together with twill tape. Ours is made from 10 squares of fabric; add or subtract squares to adjust the size.
- Eleven 30-inch squares of cotton fabric, in floral
- 36-inch square of linen, fringe edges if desired, in lilac
- 5 feet of 1/2-inch twill tape in white
- Double-sided metallic gold craft paper (or glue two pieces together, back to back)
- Circle punches
- Gold cord
- Fabric glue
- Safety pin
- Hair clips or bobby pins
Pinch the center of one square. Tie twill tape around pinched end about 1 inch from point, starting about 12 inches from the end of the tape. Repeat with remaining squares, spacing about 2 inches apart.
Use a craft punch to cut circles from gold paper. Adhere to gold cord with fabric glue. Make necklaces in different sizes (our longest is 36 inches) with different-size circles, plus two to embellish head scarf.
Fold square in half on the diagonal. Wrap around head, with forehead in center of folded edge; gather in back and secure with a safety pin. Clip to hair.
Tie cotton skirt over another skirt that is slightly shorter; pair with a long-sleeved white blouse and tights. Cinch leather belts around waist (we layered a narrow belt over a wider one). Tie on necklaces, including forehead, and drape shawl over shoulders.