I like to be frugal when it comes to making kid’s stuff, especially when it comes to costumes.
You know how it goes. Your kids outgrow things faster than grass growing in the summer season. Thus, the word longevity doesn’t come to mind. And when you’ve got a major school project that only gets used once, you want to make it memorable, beautiful, and on budget, right? Piano Man could have lived without a wig to finish off his Mozart transformation, but it wouldn’t have looked complete. And come on, to look like Mozart, it’s all about the hair. (Oh wait, that’s Justin Beiber’s line, right?) I did some research, like any good frugal mom, and I found Martha Stewart’s paper wig tutorial. Using strips of newspaper, curling ribbon, construction paper, she demonstrated an economical way to make a quick and simple Halloween costume. However, her video presentation visually explains how to make a paper wig much better than her website tutorial since it doesn’t offer step-by-step photos. Here’s my modified photo tutorial of Martha Stewart’s original peer wig tutorial.
Step 1. Cut plastic bag into a square piece.
Step 2. Make a mold of the headpiece. Place plastic square cut out over child’s head. Cut strips of white duct tape.
Run a taped line from the forehead to the back of head. Then run another piece of tape from ear to ear. Tape a third line around the head to finish it off as a cap. Add additional strips of duct tape around headpiece until duct tape strips have covered the entire headpiece.
Note: In hindsight, I would have created a more widow’s peak hairline at this stage, which would have looked more like Mozart’s hair. So keep the hairline design in mind when creating your mold.
Step 3. Design hairstyle.
Cut strips of music paper (or any other sheet of paper). Martha Stewart’s tutorial recommended cutting paper in ½ inch width strips. I chose to go a full inch to give a fuller appearance, especially when it came to styling the curls on the side.
Use as much double-sided Scotch tape as necessary to create the look.
Don’t forget to curl the ends of the paper to create the look you desire. Add finishing touches such as a piece of ribbon to tie paper strips into a ponytail. In my example, I used navy blue ribbon to gather Mozart’s hair at the back.
Step 4. Voila! Project Complete!
Piano Man wasn’t too convinced that musical notes scattered on his headpiece would accurately portray the look of Mozart, but he was a willing participant and gave me the artistic freedom to try something new with his costume. I appreciate that he trusted me throughout the creative process. Finally, I have to give major thanks to Martha Stewart and her staff for creating something so simple and fun. It was so neat to take one idea and transform it into something uniquely different.
Come back on Thursday when I share one final tutorial to complete the Mozart-inspired look. Who knows, your little one may want to be a modern Mozart recreation someday. If you do make one or part of this costume, it would be great if you could share it on Hometown Betty. Send me an email, message me on Facebook, or send a pigeon messenger. I’d love to hear your feedback too!
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