First, I grabbed this awesome pack of fall leaves from Amazon. (The assortment of vivid and earthy colors in this pack were PERFECT for what I was going for. Cannot recommend them enough!)
Fall Woodland Fairy Costume for Renaissance Festival!
Fall is my absolute favorite time of year... Mostly because it means REN FEST IS COMING! My boyfriend and I have a tradition of going at least once a year, usually more. Here's how I transformed my sister, Hannah, into a woodland fairy for the fall Renaissance Festival!
I then grabbed this poufy tulle skirt. (I recommend going for a red, orange, brown, or yellow skirt to be a little more cohesive but at the time this was the only thing available.
It really isn't too noticeable except for the waist-band but that's me being a perfectionist
I worked my way up the skirt in sections. Putting down a line of hot glue and and placing 5-6 and then placing the row above. Always going from bottom to top so that the leaves have a natural scale effect. I used gorilla hot glue -- which I really recommend.
That's it for the skirt! It's a time-consuming process but it's very simple AND worth the effort!
On to the wings:
I wanted these wings to be a mix between butterfly wings and fall leaves. SO I grabbed some thin poster-board and drew 2 leaf shapes per wing, one about twice the size of the other.
And cut them out.
I then grabbed these paint colors from Michaels.
- Antique Gold
- Dark Red
- Red Rust
In a paint palette, I poured the 4 paints leaving a space in between each. (The original colors are marked with a star.) Then in the empty spots, I mixed half and half of the two colors around it to create a really gentle ombre.
Starting from the tip of the wings, I painted the very darkest color and then worked my way down the wing, getting lighter as I went down. Always going back up into the previous colors as I went to create a smoother transition and more artistic look.
Repeat this for all 4 wing pieces on both sides.
Tip: Personally, I found the bright yellow at the bottom to be a little flat so I brought streaks of the orange into to create dimension and I'm SO glad I did!
Now for what I affectionately call "Magic in a Bottle". Martha Stewart's liquid gilding is THE BEST! It's bright, reflective, genuinely metallic, and goes on smoooooth.
I mean just look at that application!
I grabbed a small brush and on all 4 wings drew on some simplistic leaf veins.
To give the wings some sparkle (and seal them) I sprayed them with some of Rustoleum's glitter blast. If you love the look of glitter but hate the mess that comes with it this spray is perfect!
Lastly, I glued the two wings together using some more of my Gorilla hot glue.
EEK! I am so thrilled with how this costume turned out, two simple projects came together to make a really gorgeous piece.