How to Make a Paper Wig

Whether you are making your own Halloween costume or dressing up for the big game, a homemade paper wig can add a personalised touch to your costume. By painting the paper hair, or using coloured ribbons instead of paper strips, you can match your paper wig to any outfit. The first thing you need when creating a wig is a round object to use as a head form. Use an item that is approximately the same size as the head the wig needs to fit on, like a cabbage.

Cut the handles off of a plastic shopping bag.

Cut the plastic bag until one sheet of plastic remains.

Lay the sheet of plastic over a cabbage.

Put overlapping strips of masking tape over the sheet of plastic to create the shape of a skull cap.

Apply three more layers of masking tape to create a rigid base for your paper wig.

Trim the surplus plastic around the edges of the masking tape.

Apply a layer of masking tape around the edges and on the inside of the skull cap wig base.

Cut ½-inch strips of newspaper to use as hair.

Drag the closed blade of a pair of scissors across the strips of newspaper to curl the paper hair.

Apply 5-inch strips of double-sided tape to the bottom edge of the wig base skull cap.

Place the cut-and-curled paper hair pieces on the double sided tape.

Continue adding double-sided tape and cut-and-curled paper hair strips to the skull cap, working your way toward the top of the cap, until the wig is completed.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic shopping bag
  • Scissors
  • Cabbage
  • Masking tape
  • Newspaper
  • Double-sided tape
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Bryan Perkins is a writer from Baton Rouge, La. His work appears in various online publications, covering topics related to science. Perkins holds a Bachelor of Science in biological sciences from Louisiana State University.