Dragon DIY (Psst! It’s the Last-Minute Halloween Costume Post)

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Hey, I’m talking to you!  No, not you putting the finishing touches on the matching clutch for your bespoke zombie ensemble.  You.  Over there, with the folder full of bookmarked costumes, the single handful of ribbon you scrounged from last year’s costume, and a ton of half-baked (but awesome) Halloween costume ideas whirling around your beleaguered brain.

Don’t worry!  There are so many no-sew, no-muss, just-a-tiny-bit-of-fuss costumes around.  You still have plenty of time to whip one together in time for the big Halloween event – whether it’s trick-or-treating, a masquerade bash, or just wandering the corn maze at your local pumpkin patch.

Coincidentally, we have a fine selection of super-easy DIY costumes on our site and all the supplies you’ll need at your local Michaels store.  How handy is that?!  Just click on what you’re looking for – adults or kids – to find instructions and a list of everything you need.

One reliable staple of last-minute costumes is my favorite:  the no-sew tutu.  It’s perfect for creating a glorious gown without pins, needles or thread.  All you need is a length of ribbon, a pair of scissors, and lots of strips of tulle – buy it in spools like this so you don’t have to have to cut all the strips yourself.

A lark’s head knot will hold each strip of tulle in place.  Never tried one?  It’s really very easy.  Watch this video, in which we used lark’s head knots to make a Snow Princess costume, to learn this simple technique:


And if, like me, you find yourself thinking, “I wish they’d done that in slow motion,” well, here you go:


This tutu is perfect for princesses, ballerinas, fairy queens, even a spectacularly spooky Halloween skirt (I particularly love Skip to my Lou’s version, here).  But, maybe you or your little one is in the mood for something a little fiercer.  In that case, try this adorable (but still fiery!) dragon costume, made with Duck Tape®, felt, chenille stems and, of course, lots and lots of tulle.

Dragon DIY

Here’s our dragon lady in action. Isn’t she the cutest?


Here’s what you’ll need:

Dragon DIY supplies

2 rolls of Celebrate It™ Occasions™ Tulle in Lime Green

2 rolls of Celebrate It™ Occasions™ Tulle in Black

1 roll of Celebrate It™ Occasions™ Glitter Tulle in Lime

1 spool of Celebrate It® 360™ Grosgrain Ribbon, 7/8” in Green

1 short-sleeve T-shirt in Black

Duck Tape® in Island Lime

Creatology™ Stiff Felt

Sharpie® Fine Point Permanent Marker in Black

Peel N Stick™ Fabric Fuse Roll

Creatology™ Chenille Stems in Kelly Green

Bow-tique™ Plastic Headbands

And, here’s how to make our DIY dragon.  The whole process should take about two hours from start to finish.

Step 1  Begin with the skirt.  Cut a strip of ribbon that’s long enough to circle the costume-wearer’s waist, with enough left over to tie a large bow. Measure around the waist and add 30” – you can trim the ends later, if necessary.

Step 2  Measure the distance from waist to where you want the end of the skirt to be.  Cut strips of tulle double this length.  For example, if the length from child’s waist to below the knee is 13″, cut 26″-27″ strips.

Step 3  Fold one strip in half and lay the center “loop” over ribbon. Pull the ends of the tulle strip around the ribbon and through the “loop,” then tighten to create a lark’s head knot.

Step 4  Repeat Step 3 to add more strips of tulle all along the ribbon, alternating colors.  For more fullness, keep adding strips of tulle!  Do not cover the last 15” at each end of the ribbon – these are the ends you’ll be tying together.

Step 5  Now, it’s time for the T-shirt.  Cut small square pieces of Duck Tape® to create scales and stick them to the front of the shirt.

Step 5

Step 6  To create the wings, trace wing shapes onto two pieces of stiffened felt.  Use the image below as a guide.

Step 6

Step 7  Cut out each wing and mark the wing details with a Sharpie® marker, following the image below.  If you use peel and stick felt, just peel the backing and apply the wings to the back of the T-shirt.  If you use regular stiffened felt, use the fabric fusion tape to adhere the wings.

Step 7 Step 7a

Step 8  Wrap the headband with chenille stems to cover it in green.

Step 9  Bend four more chenille stems into horn shapes and twist them onto headband.

Do you like your costumes scary or sweet?  Tell us all about them in the comments below.  Happy Halloween from your friends at Michaels!

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