A unicorn is a fun and magical costume that is perfect for birthday parties and Halloween. Unicorn headbands are easy to make and make great gifts at a toddler's birthday party or everyday dress-up games. Having a horn is the key to a good unicorn costume and adding other elements like ears and a tail will help complete the outfit.
Method 1 of 4: Transform a Hood into a Unicorn Costume
Step 1. Gather your supplies
Get a hood of the desired color (pink, purple or white will work well). You will also need pieces of felt in complementary colors, such as white and pink, as well as some cotton padding, which will be available at your local craft or fabric store.
- You will also need a sharp pair of scissors, a sewing machine or needle and thread, and some pins.
- On the other hand, you can also use a glue gun to glue the pieces to the hood instead of sewing them.
Step 2. Cut pieces of felt for the mane
Cut an equal number of felt pieces that are 9 inches (25 cm) long and 2 inches (5 cm) wide. Cut enough pieces to cover from the crown of the hood (about 4 inches or 10 cm from the front of the hood) to the bottom hem of the hood and stretch them lengthwise.
Step 3. Add the mane of felt pieces to the hood
Fold each piece of felt in a circle when joining the short ends. Overlap the pieces by about 1 inch (2.5 cm). Pin these pieces along the back of the hood.
- Use a zigzag stitch on your sewing machine to attach the pieces to the hood. You can also sew by hand.
- You can also fix these pieces with safety pins on the inside of the hood. This will allow you to reuse the hood without its unicorn features. Cover the safety pins with duct tape to ensure that the person wearing the costume does not get pinched by the safety pins if they are accidentally opened.
Step 4. Cut the felt pieces from the horsehair
Once the mane is on the hood, snip off the knotty ends with your scissors, making three lengthwise cuts in each. Then open each knot with a slit, so that you have a frayed-looking mane.
Step 5. Make the ears
Cut two triangles of felt of one color like white and cut two triangles of another color like pink. The white triangles should be larger than the pink ones. Also, the triangles should be the size of the palm of your hand.
Gather a pink and white triangle, and place the white one on the bottom. Join both triangles by means of a center seam. Do the same with the other set of triangles
Step 6. Attach the ears to the hood
Place the ears on each side of the mane 2 inches (5.1 cm) behind the front edge of the hood. Fix them in place. Put on the hood to verify the location. Sew them securely in place with a needle and thread, or you can use safety pins on the inside of the hood to secure them.
Step 7. Make the horn
The horn is an essential part of the costume. Cut a large triangle out of white felt. The triangle should be 2 inches (5 cm) longer in length than the hood. Fold the triangle lengthwise and sew it closed. This will form the tapered look of the unicorn horn.
Fill the horn with the cotton. Use a knitting needle or pencil to push the stuffing up to the tip of the horn. Make sure the horn is equally stuffed and doesn't have too much stuffing either
Step 8. Add the horn to the hood
Attach the horn to the top center of the hood. Put on the hood to verify the location. Remove the hood and, using a matching color thread, hand sew the horn onto the hood.
Use a tie point to secure the horn in place. To make a binding stitch, poke the needle through the bottom of the hood and bring it up through the hood and horn felt. Then poke the needle through the hood, just below the base of the horn and back up into the felt. This creates a loop of yarn that will secure the horn in place. Sew along the base of the horn
Step 9. Add the tail
Cut long, thin pieces of felt that will extend to the knees when you are wearing the costume. They can be in a combination of colors. Gather the pieces together at one of the short ends and sew them to the center back base of the hood.
Step 10. Complete the costume
Put on the hood and close the zipper. Complete the costume with pants or leggings, shoes, and gloves that match or complement the costume.
You can also paint your face to make it look like a unicorn
Method 2 of 4: Make a Dream Unicorn Costume
Step 1. Gather your supplies
Create a unicorn costume with a tank top, headband, and tulle skirt. Go back to wearing a tank top in a bright or pastel color. Buy about 2 yards (2.5 meters) of tulle in your preferred color. You will also need some elastic to wrap around your waist, a headband, rhinestones, and a glue gun.
Step 2. Decorate your shirt
Gather several rhinestones on your tank top, along the neckline and lay them out in a "V" pattern. Use the hot glue gun to glue the rhinestones to the shirt.
Step 3. Make a tulle skirt
Measure a piece of elastic so that it fits snugly around your waist. Sew both ends so that they form a circle. Cut lengths of tulle that are twice your desired skirt length.
Fold each piece of tulle in half. Tie these strips to the elastic circle. The more strips you add to the elastic, the fuller and more padded the skirt will be
Step 4. Make a unicorn headband
Cut a large triangle out of felt. Place it in the shape of a cone and close it with glue. Attach this cone to the headband with the hot glue gun.
You can also use a cone-shaped piece of foam, available at craft supply stores. Wrap the tulle around the cone and glue it with the hot glue gun
Step 5. Complete the costume
Put on some gold leggings and sandals to complete your outfit. Paint your nails a color that matches your costume.
Method 3 of 4: Make a Unicorn Headband
Step 1. Gather your supplies
Making a unicorn horn and ears and making a headband will give you an instant costume. For this project, you will need a headband, felt (white and pink), cotton stuffing, heavy gold thread, and a glue gun. These supplies are available at the fabric or craft store.
You can also use a bow or elastic piece in place of the headband, although it may not stay on your head as effectively
Step 2. Make the horn
Cut a large triangle from a piece of felt. The triangle should be the same height as the headband, and the bottom end of the triangle should be 2 or 3 inches in diameter.
- Roll the felt into a conical shape. Use the hot glue gun to glue the horn in place. You can also sew the horn into a conical shape.
- Fill the horn with cotton stuffing. Use a knitting needle or pencil to push the stuffing up to the tip of the horn.
Step 3. Wrap the gold thread around the horn
To make the horn look more magical, wrap the thick golden thread around the horn in a spiral pattern. Glue one end of the string to the top of the horn and wrap the string around the horn over and over until you reach the bottom of the horn. Glue the horn to the bottom of it.
Slightly tighten the gold thread, so that the horn is snug
Step 4. Attach the horn to the headband
Cut a circle of felt slightly longer than the bottom of the horn. Place the headband between the horn and the felt circle. Glue the circle to the horn and headband.
Step 5. Make the cut for the ears
Cut two sets of the bottom layer of the ears. Use white felt in a two-ply drop shape, about 3 inches (7.5 cm) in length. Keep the bottom of the double layer uncut, so that when you unfold the layers, you will have two reflected drop shapes. Cut two more ears from the pink felt, also teardrop, into individual layers. These should be slightly smaller than the white ears.
Step 6. Add the ears to the headband
Wrap the white ears around the headband on each side of the unicorn horn. Glue the folded part of the bottom to the bottom of the top of the headband. Glue the tops of the ears together. Add the pink ears to the white ears, facing forward, and glue them in place.
Method 4 of 4: Make a Last Minute Unicorn Costume
Step 1. Make a unicorn horn
Roll a piece of paper into the shape of a cone. Cut the bottom of the cone so that it stands horizontal on your head. Glue or staple a bow or elastic to the bottom of the horn. Tie the horn to your head.
- Decorate the horn with markers, crayons, glitter glue, or labels.
- You can also use a gold or silver party hat to make the horn. Unroll the party hat and cut a 1 to 2-inch (2.5 or 5.1 cm) section. Re-roll the hat and glue it into a cone shape. Glue or staple an elastic to the bottom of the hat.
Step 2. Use white or pastel colors
Wear a long-sleeved shirt and leggings or pants. Use white, pink, purple, or another pastel color. Label your shirt to add decorations.
Step 3. Make a queue
Use a curly bow or thread to go from your waist to your knees. Tie these pieces together at one end and pin or tie them to the back of your pants.
Step 4. Complete the costume
Wear black or brown shoes to make them look like hooves. You can also wear black or brown gloves as your front hooves.