How to Create Astrid Lindgren Pippi Longstocking Costumes

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How to Create Astrid Lindgren Pippi Longstocking Costumes
Pippi Longstocking's dress is denim blue. (denim background image by Alison Bowden from Fotolia.com)

Looking for unique Halloween costume ideas? Dress up as Astrid Lindgren's adventurous book character, Pippi Longstocking. Pippi has bright orange hair with pigtails that stand up on end. She wears long socks and mismatched clothes. A Pippi Longstocking costume can be created in just a matter of minutes using mismatched clothing -- the hardest part is creating Pippi's hair.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Dress
  • 2 felt squares
  • Hot glue
  • Orange hair paint
  • Wire
  • Headband
  • Duct tape
  • Long sleeve shirt
  • Socks
  • Stuffed monkey
  • Shoes
  • Scarf

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Select a denim blue bib-style dress to decorate. Pin the straps or cut and sew them to length to achieve the correct fit.

    How to Create Astrid Lindgren Pippi Longstocking Costumes
    Pippi Longstocking's dress is denim blue. (denim background image by Alison Bowden from Fotolia.com)
  2. 2

    Cut two red felt squares approximately 4.5-by-6 inches. Hot-glue the felt squares to desired locations on the dress.

    How to Create Astrid Lindgren Pippi Longstocking Costumes
    Embellish Pippi's dress with felt squares. (store display of fabric image by Joyce Wilkes from Fotolia.com)
  3. 3

    Create a name tag using white felt and colourful letter stickers. Glue the name tag onto the front of the dress.

    How to Create Astrid Lindgren Pippi Longstocking Costumes
    A name tag helps out those who don't know Pippi. (card image by tholi75 from Fotolia.com)
  4. 4

    Wrap a brightly coloured scarf around neck and add long striped mismatched socks to accessorise this Halloween costume.

  5. 5

    Hang a stuffed monkey around neck and use Velcro to secure the monkey's feet. This monkey is "Mr. Nilsson" from the Pippi Longstocking books.

    How to Create Astrid Lindgren Pippi Longstocking Costumes
    Mr. Nilsson (stuffed monkey image by kastock from Fotolia.com)
  6. 6

    Add four to five freckles to each cheek using a brown eyeliner pencil or washable marker.

  1. 1

    Bend the wire to shape of head, leaving about 8 inches of wire on each side that is bent up. The wire should fit comfortably around head and behind ears. Tape the underside of the headband to the wire with duct tape. For extra security, add a tight piece of thin duct tape around each end of the headband. The ends of the headband will be behind the ears and not seen easily.

  2. 2

    Pull hair back in piggy tails that are down low.

  3. 3

    Cover up your face and clothes with an old towel, and spray paint most of your hair orange prior to putting on headband.

  4. 4

    Place constructed headband with inner wire on head. Braid hair using the long piece of the wire in one of the braids. Braid around the wire as the wire won't bend easily at this point.

Tips and warnings

  • Spray orange hair in a well-ventilated area and be sure to cover up the Halloween costume prior to spraying.

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