Skip to content

DIY Paper Doll Costume

You were invited to a last minute Halloween party or perhaps just looking for something creative and affordable this year…let us help!



1.  We started our model off with loose curls to help create our textured and whimsical updo.


2.  Secure the hair in a high ponytail at the top of the head.  We wanted an exaggerated bun so we added this hair form.  You could also use a rolled (new) tube sock, hence the term “sock bun”.


3. Taking small sections, we create texture by “teasing” the hair with just our fingers.


4.  Finishing the look by loosely securing our model’s hair around the form.


Finally,  using bobby pins to create a base …


We attached a foam board bow.



We asked our model to apply her normal daytime makeup.  Afterwards we added a bold blush to the apples of her cheeks and applied a punchy pink lip just to the center of her mouth.  To add a dramatic flair to her eyes, a white liner was used on her bottom lash water line in addition to artificial lashes.



We wanted something sturdy so we grabbed a reinforced foam poster board from Michael’s Craft Store for $1.99. (20 x 30 x 3/16 in)   Our awesome bookstore manager, Sativa, used her artistic abilities to draw a dress on the board with a black permanent marker and then we cut the image out with an Xacto knife.


Looking for more creative costumes on the cheap? Tune into Good Day Sacramento on Monday, October 21, 2013 during the 7 & 8 o’clock hours.  We will be creating looks suitable for any budget!