How to make a Pippi Longstocking costume

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How to make a Pippi Longstocking costume
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Pippi Longstocking is one of the most beloved characters in children's books. Adults and children adore Pippi for her mismatched clothes, crazy braids and superhuman strength. This article will teach you how to make a Pippi Longstocking costume using ordinary household objects that will put you in the running for first place in the costume contest.

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Things you need

  • Blue dress or jumper
  • Mismatched knee-high socks
  • Old shoes
  • Wire hanger
  • Red hair dye
  • Brown eyeliner pencil
  • Stuffed toy monkey (optional)

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    Dress in a bright patterned jumper or a dark blue dress adorned with patches. Wear any color turtleneck underneath.

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    Put on knee-high mismatched socks in loud colors and step into any pair of old shoes: cracked boots, worn out sneakers or faded clogs. The bigger and chunkier the shoes, the better.

  3. 3

    Weave two braids down the side of your head. Straighten a wire hanger and slide it through your braids to make them stick out. Spray your hair with red dye. The red braids are the signature of an authentic Pippi Longstocking costume.

  4. 4

    Dot your nose with fake freckles from a brown eyeliner pencil.

  5. 5

    Perch a stuffed toy monkey on your shoulder as Mr. Nilsson. This extra touch will make your Pippi Longstocking costume stand out from the rest.

Tips and warnings

  • Buy a Pippi wig if you do not want to dye your hair.

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