How to Make a Miss America Sash

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How to Make a Miss America Sash
Every beauty queen needs a sash to show off her home roots. (Digital Vision./Photodisc/Getty Images)

A Miss America costume wouldn't be complete without a sash acknowledging the place its wearer calls home. In a few simple steps a beauty queen sash can be made to successfully add that finishing touch to a Miss America or other beauty queen costume. DIY Halloween costumes are the perfect way to let your creativity shine and take advantage of the many budget options for one-of-a-kind Halloween costumes. A homemade Miss America beauty queen costume is the perfect idea for fans of fashion and beauty.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Extra wide craft ribbon, approximately six inches in width
  • Fabric paint
  • Hot glue gun
  • Glitter
  • Safety pin

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Drape the extra wide craft ribbon over the shoulder of the beauty queen and measure the length of ribbon needed to reach across her chest, from her shoulder to her waist below her opposite arm, and around her back to meet at her shoulder again. Cut the ribbon to the appropriate length.

  2. 2

    Trim both ends of the ribbon at a 45 degree angle. The angle can be cut in either direction, but must be cut in the same direction on each end. Fold the ribbon in half lengthwise and crease the fold. The 45-degree angle cuts in the two ends should match up evenly. Lay the ribbon down in front of you on your work area.

  3. 3

    Use fabric paint to paint the name of your beauty queen, such as "Miss America" or "Little Miss America" on the front of the beauty sash. Allow the paint to dry completely.

  4. 4

    Trace the outline of the letters with a thin bead of glue from the hot glue gun. While the glue is still hot, sprinkle glitter over the glue. Hot glue dries fairly quickly so it is recommended to do one letter at a time. Shake off the excess glitter creating a sparkly glitter border around the letters.

  5. 5

    Drape the beauty sash over the shoulder of the beauty queen and pin it in place near her waist with the safety pin.

Tips and warnings

  • To fully outfit your Miss America costume, visit a used clothing store and pick up an old prom dress or a used wedding gown.
  • Extra wide craft ribbon can be purchased at most craft and fabric stores.

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