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Hair-Raising Costume: Rose Garden

Source: Martha Stewart Kids, Fall 2004


It's locks and locks of fun! Clever Halloween getups for kids needn't be a chore, so don't pull your hair out -- pull theirs up. Kids will go wild for these "natural" styles. A great costume is easy with a few tricks, plus aerosol hair spray and washable spray-on hair dye (fix hair in a well-ventilated area). Details such as plastic creatures will add extra flair. The products we used are available at beauty, party, and crafts stores. What to wear with the hair? Plain clothes in colors that coordinate with the style won't distract attention from the top. Kids will amaze everyone, but don't (or do) let it go to their head.

Rose Garden

Loyal butterfly subjects hover around a glittering garden princess. She wears a picket-fence crown in her hair and a mantle of colorful silk roses glued to a forest-green leotard; vinelike tendrils frame her face. The wired butterflies and additional sprays of blossoms and greenery are tucked into a regal updo.


Get more hair-raising costumes: Beehive, Earth, Wave, Wind, Ice.


  • Bobby pins

  • Leotard

  • Hot glue

  • Plastic flowers

  • Hair lacquer

  • Glitter hairspray


  1. Hot-glue flowers and leaves to neckline of leotard.

  2. Pull hair into a high bun; arrange picket fence (cut off excess) and bobby-pin in place.

  3. Spray glitter onto hair, and use bobby pins to secure additional flowers and leaves. Remove original wires from butterflies.

  4. Cut lengths of wire from 8 to 12 inches; hot-glue to butterflies. Wrap wires around bobby pins, and affix to hair.

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