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Fringe Paper Wig

This crinkly cotton-candy confection of a wig is a costume unto itself. And a conversation piece: Its base is made from a plastic bag and masking tape — using a cabbage as a wig stand.

Photography: Barbara Donninelli

Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 2014

Introduction

A pink-tissue fringe drape, made to decorate table edges and doorways, mimics the look of hair (albeit in a very Dr. Seussian way) and can be stapled, taped, and styled in place.

materials

  • Plastic grocery bag
  • Head of cabbage
  • Masking tape
  • Stapler
  • Hair elastics
  • Tape

steps

  1. To make skull cap, cut grocery bag to create single sheet of plastic. Place over cabbage.
  2. Apply strips of masking tape to plastic, overlapping each slightly, until you have formed shape of skull cap. Add 2 to 3 more layers of masking tape to reinforce.
  3. Remove cap from cabbage, and trim excess plastic around cap. To add extra support, place a few strips of masking tape around edge and inside skull cap.
  4. Cut hemmed edge of drape to 1 1/2 inches. Then cut drape to diameter of skull cap. Staple around edge of skull cap.
  5. Pull fringe hair up into a ponytail, secure with elastics, and trim. For a double-decker bun, use an extra piece of drape to create a ball. Tape onto wig.

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