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Little Miss Monstrous Costume

With her streaked hair and striking red lipstick, this sinister sweetheart sure makes a fashion statement. To complement such bold hair and makeup, keep the rest of the costume simple: You need little more than an easy-to-assemble bedsheet "shroud" and some bandages to complete the look.

Photography: Henry Leutwyler

Source: Martha Stewart


A homemade wig is more chic and better fitting than a store-bought alternative, especially for kids. This model starts with an oversized curly black novelty wig, which is then trimmed down and embellished with white yarn.


  • Makeup sponge

  • White cream makeup

  • Black eye pencil

  • Black eye shadow

  • Gray eye shadow

  • Black mascara

  • Red lip liner

  • Clear lip gloss

  • 2 Ace bandages

  • Black fabric dye

  • Scissors

  • Safety pins

  • Ivory twin-size flat sheet

  • Twine

  • Large, curly black wig

  • Hot-glue gun

  • 2 9-inch strips of Velcro

  • Thick, white yarn

  • White craft glue


  1. Use a makeup sponge to apply white cream makeup to face.

  2. Use a black eye pencil to draw in heavy brows, tilting them upward at the outer corners.

  3. Add gray eye shadow under brow line, blending with black eye shadow to create a dramatic, smoky eye. Apply black eye pencil around upper and lower lids, and finish with black mascara.

  4. With red lip liner, draw an exaggerated Cupid's bow over lips; fill in with liner. Apply clear lip gloss over liner.

  5. For the sleeves, dye 2 Ace bandages gray using black fabric dye; let dry. Cut thumbholes in the corners of the bandages. Insert thumbs and wrap bandages around arms, safety-pinning together behind shoulders.

  6. For the shroud, fold an ivory twin-size flat sheet in half lengthwise and then again horizontally. For a neckhole, cut a rounded wedge half the width of head from the corner and unfold sheet; drape over shoulders. Gather at shoulders and tie with twine to cinch. Trim excess length from hem, if needed.

  7. For the wig, download and print the template; cut out. Use template to cut a rounded triangle from a large, curly, black wig (measure hairline all around head and adjust size if necessary). Hot-glue two 9-inch strips of Velcro where indicated, with loop side on one inside edge and soft side on opposite outside edge. Cut two 28-inch pieces of thick white yarn; unravel with fingers until loose and hairlike. Hot-glue edge of 1 piece to each side of wig's underside as indicated. Pull yarn to outside of wig; tease into curls with fingers to form a lightning-bolt pattern and secure with white craft glue. Wrap wig around head, securing in place with Velcro.

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