A Greek goddess costume is a very fun and creative costume that you can easily make at home. Making a Greek goddess costume will not take long, and you can do it with some materials that you already have at home (or inexpensive and easy-to-find materials). Set aside a couple of hours to create the Greek goddess look and you'll be ready for a costume party in no time.
Part 1 of 3: Making a Cloth Robe
Step 1. Create your own traditional toga with a piece of fabric
Use a large piece of white or tan cloth. You can also use a bed sheet if you don't have a large piece of fabric. It is not necessary that you things the toga; you will simply have to tie the corners of the fabric with a knot.
- Use a fabric that is not too stiff. A drape or pleat fabric will help create the look of the toga.
- If you are concerned about not having enough modesty or warm enough, you have the option of wearing a white T-shirt and white pants underneath the toga.
Step 2. Hold the sheet so that it is on its side
The longest length of the sheet should be laid horizontally when preparing to wrap it around your body. Hold the sheet so that it is against your back. Once you have the sheet in place, roll it lengthwise around your body, with the top end of the sheet just below your armpits.
If the sheet is too long, fold the top a few inches to give it the length you want for the robe
Step 3. Roll the right end of the sheet across the front of the body and around the back
Reach your hand behind your back to reach the corner of the sheet and cross it over your back and over your right shoulder. This will serve as a strap for the robe. Generally, most gowns have a single shoulder strap. Hold this corner in place as you continue wrapping the other end of the sheet around your body.
Step 4. Finish making the robe
Roll the left end of the sheet around your entire body once. When the end of the sheet returns to the front of the body, bring the left corner of the sheet over to the right shoulder and tie it with the right corner.
- Double knot the corners of the sheet to make sure the strap of the robe is secure. Tuck the corner ends into the knot or fabric so they are not showing.
- See the article Making a Robe Out of a Sheet for some detailed instructions on various ways to make robes.
Part 2 of 3: Make a crown
Step 1. Gather the materials you need to make the crown
Many Greek goddesses wore a crown or headdress of some kind and by adding a crown to your costume, you will make it stand out from a generic Greek toga costume. You will need something that works like a thin headband; It can be a piece of string, wire, thin elastic, or a thin string. You will also need some fake leaves and a pair of scissors.
- Getting gold spray paint is optional, but not necessary.
- If you don't have these supplies, you can buy them online or at any local craft store (like Michael's).
- If you find a piece of fake vine while shopping for supplies, the vine itself will double as a Greek goddess headband. You just have to cut it to the right length and tie the ends to fit your head size.
Step 2. Cut the material of the headband so that it is the correct length and fits your head
Make sure you leave enough room at each end of the headband material to allow you to tie the ends. The headband should be loose enough to be easy to put on and take off, but snug enough so that it won't fall off.
Step 3. Place the leaves on the headband
Take the scissors and poke some small holes in the plastic sheets. After you have cut the small holes in the leaves, slide them into the headband one by one. Some people like to add quite a few leaves and others prefer to add just a few; it is completely up to you.
When you have attached all the leaves to the headband, tie the ends of the headband to finish the crown
Step 4. Paint the crown with gold spray paint if you want it to be gold
Lay the wreath on top of old newspaper or paper towels so you don't stain any furniture with the spray paint. Keep painting the crown until it is completely golden.
Let the paint dry for 10-15 minutes before putting the crown on your head. Let the paint dry while you add the final touches to the costume
Part 3 of 3: Complete the Look
Step 1. Tie a ribbon around the robe
Instead of wearing a modern belt, use a piece of gold rope, cloth, or chain as a belt. Roll the material around the waist a couple of times before tying the knot to add a touch of the layered look. This will create a more authentic looking costume. Tie the belt in a knot instead of a bow.
Step 2. Wear the right footwear to enhance the outfit
If you want to look like a Greek goddess, you must wear the right footwear. Don't wear boots or sneakers. Instead, wear gladiator sandals or even strappy sandals. Ideally, the sandals should be gold or tan in color.
If you don't have gladiator sandals, but want to have the look of gladiator sandals, get an extra piece of string or ribbon, wrap it around the calves, and tie it just below the knees
Step 3. Add the appropriate accessories to the costume to complete the Greek goddess look
Accessories always complement an outfit, both for costumes and everyday outfits. After adding the accessories, you will have a beautiful costume, good enough to win first place at any costume party.
- These accessories may include: gold bracelets, gold rings, gold earrings, gold arm bracelets, and gold clasps to pin to the gown.
- Finish off the look with wavy hair and shimmering, natural-looking makeup.
Step 4. Customize the look to be a specific Greek goddess
For example, use a small instrument if you want to be a muse. Or wear the hallmarks of famous Greek goddesses: Aphrodite could wear a dove (you can usually find fake birds in craft stores), Artemis would wear a bow to hunt, and Athena would wear a battle helmet instead of a crown.