What do you do when you need a wig to complete the look of your costume?
You make one, so your little one can look like Thomas Edison.
(Note: Please look past my poor quality images. I was working on this wig project in the final hour. I used my smart phone to take these photos in poor lighting conditions. Now you know when I worked on this project. But on a good note, the project took me about an hour to complete, so it was a doable project.)
masking tape/clear scotch tape
double-sided clear tape
pen/light colored marker
Step 1. Make the head piece.
Cut plastic bag into a large square. Using tape (either masking or clear tape), wrap long pieces of tape to shape the bag to your model’s head. Although it’s difficult to see in the photo, there is a long piece of tape around the forehead wrapped close to the nape of the neck and ears. Right now, this is what it should look like:
Using a pen or marker, mark the shape of the head piece to fit around your model’s ears, adding sideburns if need be. Cut extraneous parts of the plastic bag to look like this:
Yes, the head piece looks like it should belong on the set of Tron, but wait until you get to your final product.
Step 2. Cut strips of white paper.
Lots of it.
I cut about 1/2 inch wide strips to make it easier. Remember, the thinner your strips, the more strips you will need to cover the head piece. Sometimes going wider makes it easier and takes less time.
Step 3. Create a hairline.
This is very important. It defines the shape and style of your wig. If you look very closely, there is a piece of clear tape defining the hair part.
Step 4a. Start making your wig.
I like to think there is no right or wrong way to make a wig. After all, this is where your creativity comes in. As a general rule of thumb, I learned that it is better to start at the bottom and work your way up.
Using double-sided clear tape, I added strips straight down.
I cut strips to the desired length, but then I remembered I did not need to do this step yet.
After working my way around the sides, I wanted to work on the overall shape. Here, you can see that I added strips upwards to curve it around.
Keep working in layers until you get to the original taped line in step 3.
Step 4b. Don’t forget to work around the back and sides.
I added shorter leftover strips to cover the sides. I was very careful to think about how to cover the pen marks, so that it didn’t peek through the white strips.
Step 5. Give your wig a hair cut.
Here is the fun part. You will have uneven strands (strips), and now you can cut away.
Step 6. Voila! Project complete!
You have a short paper wig for your costume. Whether this project is for you or for a loved one, it was sure fun to make it, right? Although this the wig looks feminine because of the head bust of my model, Piano Man’s outfit looked complete. Everyone loved the look.
Check out all the other paper wigs I’ve made:
TUTORIAL: Mozart-Inspired Paper Wig
TUTORIAL: Betty Grable Paper Wig
TUTORIAL: 1960s Bouffant Paper Wig
TUTORIAL: Betty Boop Paper Wig
TUTORIAL: Bettie Page Pinup Paper Wig
TUTORIAL: Bette Davis Paper Wig
TUTORIAL: Betty Draper (Classic Low Bun) Paper Wig
Amazon recommendations to help you get started on your next project:
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