How to Make a Wood Nymph Costume

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How to Make a Wood Nymph Costume
Use the colours of the forest to inspire your wood nymph costume. (Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Wood nymphs are magical creatures that can be described as fairies that live in forests. Artists typically portray them wearing organic, natural materials that would be easily found in their environments, such as leaves, flowers and vines. If you would like to dress as a wood nymph for a costume party or similar event, you may be able to locate such a costume in a costume shop. Such store-bought costumes can be pricey, however, so you may decide to make your own costume from scratch. Your homemade costume can be made from some items that you may already have on hand, as well as some that can be purchased inexpensively.

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Things you need

  • Green dress or leotard
  • Green tights
  • Sandals
  • Several silk flowers
  • Several strands of artificial ivy
  • Fairy wings
  • Hot glue gun
  • Newspaper
  • Glitter make-up
  • Measuring tape

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  1. 1

    Prepare your work area by lining the surface with several layers of newspaper, which will prevent hot glue from damaging your work surface. Heat up your hot glue gun.

  2. 2

    Pull several leaves off of your artificial ivy. Lay your fairy wings onto your newspaper-lined surface and begin hot gluing the leaves to the wings, into your desired positions. You may choose to glue many leaves to the wings or just a few.

  3. 3

    Lay your green dress or leotard onto your work surface. Use your hot glue gun to attach ivy leaves to the fabric of the clothing. Glue as many or as few leaves as you desire.

  4. 4

    Wrap the measuring tape around your head and take the measurement found at the widest point. Cut a piece of artificial ivy to this length and glue the ends together to form a crown for your head. Remove the silk flowers from their bases and hot glue them to some of the ivy leaves of your crown.

  5. 5

    Slip on your green tights. Then put on your decorated green dress or leotard.

  6. 6

    Spread some glitter make-up across your cheeks and over your eyelids, as well as anywhere else you would like to sparkle. Place your finished crown on your head and slip on your decorated wings. Slip on your chosen sandals to complete your costume.

Tips and warnings

  • Fairy wings can be found most times of the year in the toy sections of many stores. Costume shops carry them as well.
  • Artificial flowers and ivy can be found at most craft supply stores, as well as the craft sections of many discount stores.
  • To avoid the risk of damaging your costume, make sure the glue has cooled before attempting to try it on. After it has been applied, hot glue takes approximately 60 seconds to dry completely.

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