How to make a Medusa wig or headpiece

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How to make a Medusa wig or headpiece
Medusa may be mythical, but she makes for a great costume. (medusa image by Ergün Ã--zsoy from

Frighteningly realistic costumes are memorable, but they can also be costly. The fearful Greek monster Medusa is a classically creepy costume character. The snake-adorned Medusa wig that makes the look, however, is a pricey item. With a few inexpensive hair extensions and a handful of plastic snakes, you can create your own Medusa headpiece at home.

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Things you need

  • Three hair extensions to match your hair colour
  • Plastic toy snakes
  • Hair clips
  • Needle
  • Thin jewellery wire

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  1. 1

    Braid each of the three hair extensions.

  2. 2

    Wrap the braids into a bun shape and pin it together with hair clips.

  3. 3

    Snip the jewellery wire into short pieces, one piece for each toy snake. Vary the lengths between 5 and 12.5 cm (2 and 7 inches).

  4. 4

    Thread a sewing needle with one piece of jewellery wire. Pull the wire through a snake's underside.

  5. 5

    Twist the other end of the wire around a hair clip and pin the snake into the bun. Perform this procedure for each of the toy snakes.

  6. 6

    Secure any snakes that are not held in firmly with additional hair clips.

  7. 7

    Place the bun on your head and secure it with the extension combs and hair clips.

Tips and warnings

  • If you have long hair, you can braid it and combine your braided hair and the extension braids into a bun directly on your head. Pin the wired snakes into the bun and secure them with hair clips.

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