How to Make a Child's Dorothy Costume

Updated November 21, 2016

Dorothy Gale is the heroine from the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz. In the movie, Dorothy is transported over the rainbow and lands in a strange land where she meets new friends and has to deal with a grumpy wicked witch. If your child is a fan of the movie and wants to dress up as Dorothy for her next costume party or for trick or treating, you could purchase a Dorothy costume at a Halloween supply store. The other option is to make your own with just a little effort and for little money.

Purchase a blue gingham jumper. Look at your local thrift store, especially right after Halloween. You may find one that someone else used for a Dorothy costume. If you cannot find a jumper, visit your local craft store and purchase a Dorothy costume pattern. Use blue gingham fabric to make the jumper according to the pattern instructions.

Wear a white blouse with short sleeves. In the movie, Dorothy's shirt had a high collar with blue detailing around the neck and arms; a plain white blouse will work fine.

Wear a pair of blue socks. A light blue pair that fold over at the ankle are best. If it is going to be cold out, you can also use sheer pantyhose for added warmth.

Style her hair into two French braids on the side of her head. The braids should stop just at the base of the neck. Put a ponytail holder here and then curl the remainder of the hair. Tie blue ribbons in the hair over the top of the ponytail holders.

Wear ruby slippers. You can either find ruby slippers at a costume shop or make your own. Also, sometimes shoe stores have these in the children's section.

Carry a brown wicker basket to finish the look. You can also put a black stuffed dog in the basket to represent Toto.

Stuff crumpled up newspaper into the inside of the shoe. This will protect it from the paint and the adhesive. In the movie, Dorothy's shoes were heels; however, since this costume is for a child, you can opt for a flat.

Spray paint a pair of dress shoes red. Allow the paint to dry.

Spray the shoes with an adhesive. Work in 2-inch sections to avoid the glue drying before you can use it. Sprinkle red glitter onto the adhesive and allow it to dry. Cover the entire shoe.

Use hot glue to attach a small red sequin bow to the front of both shoes, just above below the toes.


In the movie, Dorothy's shoes were covered in sequins. Using glitter is far easier when constructing your own ruby slippers. However, if you prefer to be more authentic, use strips of sequins and attach them to the shoes instead.

Things You'll Need

  • Blue gingham jumper
  • White, short sleeved blouse
  • Blue ankle socks
  • Ponytail holders
  • Blue ribbons
  • Ruby slippers
  • Brown wicker basket
  • Stuffed dog
  • Newspaper
  • Spray paint
  • Spray adhesive
  • Red glitter
  • Hot glue
  • Red sequin bow
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