When I start a project, I know usually after a few steps in whether I am going to love the end result or if it will be a total fail. I am SO over the moon with Bug’s costume idea I may have taken it a bit far. Today, you can decide for yourself after you read this insanely simple DIY unicorn costume tutorial. Seriously, this is so easy I could have finished it in one day had I not had to wait on Prime Shipping. (Two WHOLE days. Ugh the terror.)
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For your beautiful DIY unicorn costume you are going to need:
White sweatshirt (Amazon, with prime shipping)(get creative, you can modify this to ANY color!)
White Leggings (Amazon, with prime shipping) (see above)
Yarn * see below for suggestions
Please note that this tutorial is ONLY for the DIY unicorn costume, and not for the flower crown and horn. That tutorial is coming soon!
The Tail Comes First
My projects never start where a normal person would, and this DIY unicorn costume is no different. I was so excited to find out what the tail and mane would look like, I started with the tail. I searched high and low and found this tutorial from I Save A to Z blog because I love how soft it looks. Her tutorial is much better at explaining then I can do for this part, so please do check her out.
For my tail and mane, I went with Lion Brand Landscapes 100% acrylic. It’s rainbow. And oh so very vibrant. And soft. ( Clearly, I love this yarn.) I also used the standard Red Heart yarn for the “spine” or backing for them both. I double strand braided it before I did anything and left about 6 inches out. Now just brush softly and slowly the yarn. it’s going to be really curly, and that’s ok.
After you have gotten your tail to fluff on the end of the braid, its time to give it some body and fluff. Take several strands of that beautiful rainbow yarn and tie them with the other yarn. Now start to unravel it. Using a brush (SOFT BRISTLE) begin to brush the strands until they start to resemble hair. I happen to like the wave and slight curl, so I stopped there.
*word to the wise: you can use your flat iron or straightening brush, on a low setting to get the hair to be flat. But don’t get it too hot because it will melt*
When you are satisfied with your puff of hair, go ahead and start tieing them onto the braid. When you are finished, fluff it and make sure there are not any obvious holes that need to be filled. Leave about an inch of room at the top as to attach to your DIY unicorn costume pants.
For the mane, you are going to do the exact same thing, except instead of making it bushy, you will make it one long “spine” and long tufts of hair in a single row that extends vertically. I know this is a terrible job of explaining the mane for the DIY unicorn costume, so please just see the photos below.
Pants Fit For A Unicorn
These pants. Ladies, I loved them when I first got them in the mail. They are rouched on the sides in white and look so cute when they are finished. BUT- they are completely see thru. Like “oh hello bug with your polka dot undies.” So consider that when it comes to wearing them. My solution will be tights under but that will be because here in the PNW its cold at the end of October.
To attach the tail, bend the top portion back and hot glue to the butt of the pants. For safety, I like to put cardboard inside the waistband, but it is not required. I used the area where the tag is sewn in as a reference point to aim for. Boom. Done.
I love anything that sparkles. Bugs DIY unicorn costume had to sparkle. Thank you again to Karen for the giant bag of rhinestones. You need to hot glue to each side of the rouche a large rhinestone. Two rows of rhinestones on each leg. Again. BOOM! You are halfway done with your DIY unicorn costume!
Even Unicorns Love Sparkles
To attach your mane, use a few clips and attach it to the tippy top of the hood. Next, using your glue gun, start at the top and apply dots of glue and hold. Add some rhinestones around the face of the hood in equal intervals.
And the finished product, because, unicorns.
Come on ladies and gents, are you going to make a last min DIY unicorn costume?
Watch out this weekend for the follow up to this, the flower crown and horn and hooves. Both super simple and fun to do for the dramatic unicorn effect!
Until next time,
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