Homemade Gothic Elf Costumes

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Traditional elf costumes draw inspiration from Christmas, but you can make yours gothic for a halloween party or an interesting twist on Santa's cheerful helpers. Gothic elf costumes are just a little more sombre than the traditional versions, using darker colours and relying on Gothic accessories such as black wigs. While you always have the option of buying a Gothic elf costume from a costume store, put your own spin on it by making your own.

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While Christmas elves use the holiday colours of green and red, Gothic elves can use shades of black, white and grey. If you're looking for something a little more colourful, pick a shade of purple or red. The trick is to pick shades that bring colour to the outfit, while still remaining dark, such a blood red or royal purple. Once you pick a colour palette, use the same shades in all of your accessories and clothing choices.


Gothic girls can opt for a long dress or long skirt. Guys can wear tight, skinny trousers or oversized and baggy trousers. Once you have a bottom in mind, find a shirt that matches the trousers. Use clothing from your own closet, or rummage in thrift stores for an inexpensive outfit. Add a few decorative rips to the clothing, or cut larger holes in the fabric and use metal pins to close the holes. Elf costumes typically feature two colours, so plan your clothing around two different colours. For example, wear a black and purple striped shirt with a pair of baggy black trousers. Elves often wear pointy-toed shoes or boots with large buckles.


Gothic accessories finish off the look of your outfit. Wrap an empty box in black wrapping paper, and tie a large purple or red ribbon around the top. The fake present fits the elf theme, while the colours tie into your Gothic costume. A silver buckle or charm attached to a black satin ribbon becomes a gothic choker when tied around your neck. Finish it off by making your own fake roses or flowers from black crepe paper. Tuck one behind your ear or carry a bouquet of the flowers to your next party.


Gothic style costumes need the right make-up. Paint your fingernails black or go for a more subtle look with a strip of black painted along the end of each nail. The look resembles French tips, but has a darker edge. Heavy black eyeliner is appropriate for both girls and guys, while girls may also like black lipstick. A long black wig or spray-on fake colouring completes the look.

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