I’m finishing my paper wig series with a classic low bun paper wig. This paper wig was used to look like Betty Draper (character from “Mad Men”) in her riding outfit. Of all the paper wig styles, this one probably looks the most modern of all. Enjoy!
(Please note: Since this one of my first paper wigs, I don’t have many photos to share for a step-by-step visual. But I have provided steps explaining how to make a low hair bun.)
- Styrofoam head bust (optional but highly recommended)
- Yellow raffia ribbon
- Double-sided tape
- Masking tape
- Pen/Permanent marker
- Plastic grocery bags
- Ribbon (for headband)
- Photo of Betty Draper’s hairstyle
Step 1. Cut plastic grocery bag into a large square.
You may need two and tape them together in order to create a square large enough to cover the circumference of your head. (I taped two pieces together, so that I could make sure my hear wig covers back to the nape of my neck.)
Step 2. Using masking tape, create a headpiece that fits to your head shape and size.
I pulled a long piece of masking tape, and then I placed the plastic bag on top of my head. I wrapped masking tape lengthwise around my forehead. Then I pulled a second long piece of masking tape around the back of my head, making sure it wraps around the bottom/close to the nape of my neck.
Step 3. Create the head shape/hairline to match that of your hairline.
I outlined the shape of the head/hairline using a permanent marker. Then I cut the head bodice carefully, making sure to not cut away too much. Remember, it’s always easier to cut little by little then to add to the shape of the wig.
To make it a little easier, I decided to add a layer of unraveled raffia ribbon to cover the white plastic grocery bag. Otherwise, I would have spent a lot of time and raffia ribbon trying to hide the white.
Step 4. Create base with strips of raffia ribbon.
I created a tiered hairline from the top and sides of the headpiece and wrapped it to the back of the hair, so that it looked more natural. This also saved on raffia ribbon.
Note: Make sure that the natural curve of the raffia ribbon follows the curve around the headpiece.
Step 5. (Optional) Add highlights to hairpiece.
Unfortunately, I don’t have any images for this step. But you can see the colors used to give it a little color variation in Step 3.
Step 6. Add a bun to the back.
Using double-sided tape, I curled a long strip of raffia ribbon starting the center of the tape and worked my way out. I used more double sided tape to attach the bun to the bottom back of the hair wig.
Step 7. Voila! Project complete!
Now wasn’t that fun? If only I could get the courage to share my revived and remade photos….
See more fun Betty paper wigs:
TUTORIAL: Betty Grable Paper Wig
TUTORIAL: Mozart-Inspired Paper Wig
TUTORIAL: 1960s Bouffant Paper Wig
TUTORIAL: Betty Boop Paper Wig
TUTORIAL: Bettie Page Pinup Paper Wig
TUTORIAL: Bette Davis Paper Wig
From my hometown to yours,