A clown is a classic costume for Halloween, but it can also be used at birthday parties, summer picnics and other fun events. Buying a pre-made clown costume in a store can be expensive, but with some creativity, you can create your own cute costume from items you already own. Before you begin rummaging through your closest, however, there are a few things to consider.
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Most clowns wear oversized, brightly coloured clothes. For your clown costume, look for clothes that are several sizes larger than what you normally wear. Find patterns on trousers or shirts that are bright and obnoxious. It's even better if the trousers and the shirt do not match. Fill oversized clothing with pillows or other stuffing. You can also add a belt or pair of suspenders to hold up too-large trousers. If you don't have these types of clothes in your closet, hit up your friends and family or go shopping at a local thrift store.
Accessories are a fun part of a clown costume. You can pick crazy coloured socks or a jacket with polka dots. Look for items that you think will make the clown costume more authentic or fun. Lots of clowns have flowers pinned to their shirts or coats, and you can always add a big hat or a child-sized hat that will be funny because it is too small for your head. Look for accessories at thrift stores, party stores or even in your own closet.
Clown shoes are an important part of the costume, and one you do not want to overlook. Clown shoes are usually extra large and colourful. Most people don't have oversized shoes in their closet, but you can always buy a pair several sizes bigger than your own feet. If you are a woman, consider looking for men's shoes at a thrift or discount store. Men should buy the largest pair of shoes available. If the shoes you find aren't crazy colours, add some clown-like embellishments with paint, glitter or stickers.
Clowns traditionally have crazy hair. Purchase a big, bright wig or alter your own hair with coloured hairspray. If you buy a wig, look at costume shops and in party stores. Turning your own hair into clown hair can be done any way you choose--make it big and bushy, or give your clown pigtails. Change the colour with coloured hairsprays, which are available at most drugstores. Do you hair however you feel most comfortable.
Clown make-up is traditionally heavy and overdone. Choose make-up that is already in your home, or purchase special clown make-up at costume shops. Either way, give yourself big, rosy cheeks and lots of eye shadow. For a cute touch, draw stars or other items on your cheeks and forehead. Some clowns cover their face completely in a white base before placing any other make-up on, but you do not need to do that for a cute costume.
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