Pippi Longstocking is a spunky female character who inspires adventure in the hearts of girls everywhere. Her free spirit and, of course, her red hair can be re-created in a costume for either children or adults. This affordable costume uses many items that can be found inside a closet or dresser, including scraps of fabric, mismatched clothing and wire hangers.
One of Pippi Longstocking's trademark features is her freckles. Use a reddish brown eyeliner to draw freckles on the cheeks and nose. Use very little make-up on the rest of the face because Pippi does not wear make-up and sports a very natural appearance.
A Pippi Longstocking costume would not be complete without her signature pigtails. Dye your hair red using temporary hair dye. Spray-on hair colour, which washes out in one shampoo, is another option. Next, bend a wire hanger to fit over the head so that wire sticks out from both sides. Then, put hair into pigtails, securing both the hair and wire into the ponytail holder. Braid hair into pigtails while wrapping the wire into the braid. When the braids are complete, the hair can be bent with the wire. Stick braids straight up or out to the side to complete the Pippi Longstocking hair style.
Pippi Longstocking's clothes are usually tattered and mismatched. She dresses in both trousers and dresses. Scrap pieces of fabric can be used to create a patchwork look on the clothing. Pair long, striped socks with short dresses. Wear colourful undershirts beneath denim overalls for another Pippi look.
Add accessories to Pippi Longstocking's outfits to help tell her story. Replicate her pet monkey, Mr. Nelson, with a stuffed animal. Other accessories include a pirate hat and eye patch, which give a nod to her sea adventures. Her hair can be accented by colourful ribbons and bows. Black boots also complement any of Pippi's eclectic outfits.
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