How to make a Cleopatra costume for kids

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How to make a Cleopatra costume for kids
Go heavy on the make-up. (Getty Creative)

Dressing up like royalty can be fun and exciting and Halloween and costume parties are great opportunities for your child to rule the roost. What better royal persona is there than Cleopatra, Queen of the Nile? With a simple no-sew white tunic and some fun and easy accessories your little one can rule the land of the pyramids. Most of the supplies can be found in your local department store.

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Things you need

  • White sheet
  • Tape measure
  • Package of safety pins
  • Gold sash
  • 50 by 50 cm (20 by 20 inch) piece of gold cloth
  • 2 Velcro fasteners
  • Sheer white headscarf
  • Gold plastic headband
  • Flexible rubber snake long enough to go around upper arm at least twice
  • Needle and thread
  • Small plastic cobra with head about an 4 cm (1.5 inches) long
  • Can of gold spray paint
  • White elastic arm band
  • Glue gun and glue
  • Gold sandals
  • 30 cm (12 inches) of 4-cm (1.5-inch)-wide gold ribbon

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  1. 1

    Measure from shoulder to ankle. Measure from outer shoulder to outer shoulder. Cut the white sheet to these measurements.

  2. 2

    Wrap the sheet under the child's armpits from left to right and pin it over the shoulders.

  3. 3

    Tie the gold sash around the waist and tie it in front.

  4. 4

    Measure from the edge of one shoulder to the edge of the other shoulder. Measure around the widest part of the neck. Using the first measurement for the outside circle and the second for the inside circle, draw a doughnut shape onto the gold fabric and cut it out.

  5. 5

    Make one cut in the back of the collar and attach the Velcro fasteners. The collar should be worn over the tunic.

  6. 6

    Spray both snakes gold. Cut the head from the plastic snake just behind the hood and glue it to the front of the headband.

  7. 7

    Wrap a shear scarf around the child's forehead behind the ears and pin it behind her neck. The headband should be worn low on the forehead, over the headscarf.

  8. 8

    Wrap the rubber snake around the arm band and stitch into place. Put the elastic arm band on the upper arm.

  9. 9

    Make wristbands with gold ribbon and wear the costume with gold sandals.

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