How to Create Astrid Lindgren Pippi Longstocking Costumes

Updated July 20, 2017

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

Pull hair back in piggy tails that are down low.

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

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.


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

Things You'll 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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