Persephone Costume DIY

Monday, October 12, 2020

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I made this gorgeous Persephone costume two years ago and didn't get a chance to share it.  But this year I've been into the wonderful comic that is Lore Olympus, and man, if this costume doesn't fit those vibes. In case you aren't into Greek lore (look into it! It's super cool, and I am no expert.), Persephone is the Goddess of Spring Growth... and the Queen of the Underworld. So if you're into those kinda creepy but also historical costumes with a little bit of fashion flair, this might be the costume for you!



I'm going to start out this tutorial (I use that term loosely) with the inspiration for the costume! To come up with this idea I did what I normally do when I'm brainstorming for a character: I researched some shapes, pulled some inspiration images together, and drew out a sketch. The basic idea was a black greek inspired silhouette with flowers that peeked out when you move, almost as if you were planting flowers with your steps. I wanted to keep with a more gothic look, so that's where the crown of flowers came into play. 


The next step was shopping. I was on a time crunch so I was limited to what I could get quickly. I bought a black shirt and two skirts that I layered, giving me the draped shape I wanted. Then I bought this lace skirt for the underskirt and this crown for the base of the crown. I went to my local dollar store and bought a colorful array of fake flowers, trying to get flowers that were burgundies, blues, muted greens, and oranges. For the final decoration, I found the straightest sticks I could in my back yard.

  

The crown I bought was great for what I was creating because I could move the leaves and mold them into the shapes I needed. I positioned the sticks, and hot glued them on. I kept the skull pictured above on hand to help get the shape correct, also trying it on periodically to make sure it looked okay. When I liked the position of the sticks, I started gluing on flowers, keeping the bulk of the flowers on the bottom and "fading" up to the top.

For the floral underskirt, I used hot glue to attach flowers onto the bottom two feet of the skirt. I tried everything on as I worked to make sure that the flowers would peek out as I walked. If you have more time I would suggest sewing, but I wore it a couple of times and I didn't lose any flowers.


For how beautiful and unique this costume was, it was pretty simple to make. The most difficult part was the crown, but I really loved how it turned out. So much so that I actually just keep it displayed on the skull in my bedroom all year round. Someday, if I get time to create this costume with all of the attention to detail that it deserves,  I would love to have a train with flowers so it looked like I was leaving a trail of spring behind me. Also, embroidered flowers on tulle? I think so. And to really take the costume to the next level I think it would be such a great touch to carry around a goblet full of pomegranate seeds. This could be a really unique couple's costume as well. Hmm... what kind of Hades costume could I create for my husband?
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Spooky Fish Bowl Decoration DIY

Monday, October 5, 2020

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Amazing your friends with this spooooky fish bowl! This is a craft that I had had in mind for a while, but I never got around to making. I had a plan, I had the supplies... and they sat on the shelf. Then when I did create it... well let's just say maybe I gave myself too much time to think. Turns out my plan was over complicated. But I simplified everything and the project is better for it.



Supplies:
Black Fish Rock
Model Magic
Pipe Cleaners
Small Fish Bowl
Clear Tape
Gray Permanent Marker or Paint

1: Make your fish. 
You can follow along with the step-by-step instructions in the photo below. Take your Model Magic out of the bag and work with it until it is easy to squish. Pinch a tiny piece off and roll it out to create the spine. Take the end of the piece and pinch it flat, creating a tail. Next make the head by shaping another piece of clay into a triangle. Attach the head to the spine. Now roll out one thin coil and cut it into three pieces. Lay these pieces across the back to create the rib cage. The Model Magic will let you work with it for a while, so feel free to tweek until your fish looks how you want. I must warn you, though, that once one part sticks to another it is hard to pry apart.



2: Create your gravestone.
This is a little simpler. Roll out a small flat piece of Model Magic, about 1/3 inch thick, and mold it into the shape of a gravestone. Using a pointy object, gently carve your message into your gravestone (RIP is easiest). Roll out another small section of model magic, thinner this time, to create your base. Attach your gravestone to your base and let dry. Once it is completely dry paint or color the stone gray.


3: Make your plants.
Cut your pipe cleaners in half and wrap them around a pencil. Gently pull them off and mold them until they are a spiral shape you like. Bend the pipe cleaner to a 90-degree angle on the end you would like to be the bottom. Tape the plants to the bottom of the fishbowl.


  


5. Add your gravestone and your gravel.
Place your gravestone where you want it to be, taping it down if you feel it needs to be secured. Gently pour your fish rock into the bottom of your bowl, being sure to cover the base of your gravestone and any tape.


  

6. Add your fish.
Gently wedge your fish onto the pipe cleaners, using the space between the rib bones.


With that step your new adorable pet is all set up in it's new home! Be sure to feed it plenty of air and spooky vibes. Please do not actually submerge your pet in water. Please do love your pet with all of your Halloween lovin' heart.




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