My friend Laura is letting me borrow her Bride of Frankenstein dress (featured in this post) for Halloween, but I do not have the voluminous curly head of hair that she does in order to do the real Bride of Frankenstein hairdo. So, rather than purchasing one, I thought I’d get crafty and DIY a Bride of Frankenstein Wig and give you the tutorial on it.
DIY Bride of Frankenstein Wig:
Supplies you’ll need: white poster board, black spray paint, cotton balls (about 200 large), hot glue gun, stapler, sharpie marker.
Step 1: Don’t be jealous that this isn’t your picture, in your bathroom, with a posterboard wrapped around your head. 🙂 But that is step 1. Wrap the posterboard around your head and mark with a marker where they overlap so you can staple it right there.
Step 2: After stapling it to the circumference you will need, trim the top down (I cut mine in 1/2 because I wanted the finished wig to be about 8″ above my head).
Step 3: Cut 3″ slits in the top of the tube so you can fold them down to make the top of the wig. It doesn’t have to be super pretty because it will all get covered. Use a hot glue gun to secure the flaps down.
Step 4: Put the tube on your head and mark where you’ll need to shape around the forehead and ears. Then trim so it resembles a hairline. I had to trim, try it on, trim, try it on – about 5 or 6 times until it fit down low enough in the back.
Step 5: You are ready to hot glue the cotton balls onto the base. Always put the glue on the poster board, because putting in on the cotton ball will just make a big cotton-y mess (not that I know from personal experience or anything). Work in sections so the hot glue doesn’t dry before you’ve had a chance to get the cotton on.
Step 6: Cut a lightning strike shape from the left over poster board and use it to mask when you spray paint. I used an apple box to spray inside of so the mess would be (somewhat) contained. You will need to spray one side, allow it to dry an hour or so, and then give that same side another coat of coverage. Then allow it to dry overnight (so it doesn’t stick to the box by turning it before its dry – not that I know that from personal experience either) before you turn it and spray the other side.
Ta-Da! I actually love the way it turned out. I love that it is a bit cartoonish and over the top, because that is exactly what Halloween is all about! My DIY Bride of Frankenstein Wig wasn’t too tricky, right? It will be a custom fit for your head and will be the talk of the neighborhood!
PS – I also used this same method for creating my Marge Simpson Wig in this post, but left it the full poster board length. It was epic!