If you're looking for costume ideas for a little girl, look no further than her favourite books. Story book characters include fairies, princesses, animals and of course, the wicked witch or horrid villainess. Choose her favourite character for her next costume. Keep the colours and feel of the costume the same and she won't care if it's not an exact replica.
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From the grubby kitchen scrub girl who turned into the belle of the ball and married her prince while her stepsisters and mother tried to interfere to the beauty who fell asleep on her sixteenth birthday due to an evil spell on a spinning wheel, princesses rule. The key ingredients to a princess costume are the long full dress, tiara and appropriate hairdo. Children can wear an adult size skirt as a long full skirt by adjusting the waist with pins. Create a Princess Jasmine costume with lots of scarfs and jewellery. A princess bride costume is done with white netting for the veil and a white full skirt. Spray with glitter glue for a fairy land effect. Create Belle's yellow ball gown by gathering yellow netting for a skirt and attaching it to a yellow ribbon to tie around your little girl's waist. She wears a yellow camisole, or T-shirt as the top of the dress.
Fairies are tied for first place with princesses in a little girl's heart for best story book character. One of the best known fairies is Tinkerbell from "Peter Pan," written by James M. Barrie. Thanks to Disney she's established herself as a major character, rather than just a supporting role. Other fairies include the three in "Sleeping Beauty" and the Fairy Godmother in "Cinderella." The Sugar Plum Fairy leads Clara in the "Nutcracker" through a wondrous candy land. She's also a ballerina which little girls love. Most children, girls included, aren't into Shakespeare. That's unfortunate because "A Midsummer Night's Dream" includes Oberon the king of the fairies and Titania, queen of the fairies. Key to a fairy costume are wings and a wand. And sparkles, lots and lots of sparkles.
Beatrix Potter's "Peter Rabbit" is a classic. Her animal characters included Peter Cottontail, his mother, brothers and sisters. Tigger, Kanga, Eeyore, Piglet and Winnie from A. A. Milne's "Winnie the Pooh," are good characters for toddlers. "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" has talking beavers, a faun and a lion with mystical powers. Younger girls may enjoy being either the swan or the duckling from "The Ugly Duckling," as well as becoming Sooki, from "The Saggy, Baggy Elephant."
For those little girls who like edgier characters, dressing up as a villainess from a favourite story book may be more to their liking. Witches and stepmothers are two of the more common villainesses and sometimes the same person is both, such as in "Snow White." The Wicked Witch of the West from "The Wizard of Oz," requires green face make-up as well as the requisite pointed witch's hat and broom. She might consider carrying a winged monkey to finish the costume.
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