Photo by Anna Williams. Courtesy of Martha Stewart Halloween Special Issue. Copyright ©2013I recently picked up the newest Martha Stewart Halloween Special Issue, and was blown away by all of the handmade creativity! Not that I don’t think every issue is packed full of goodness, but this particular issue is filled with more than 125 ideas for costumes, decorations, parties, tricks & treats, and pumpkins! These Woodland Sprite / Fairy Costumes were my absolute favorite, and are going to be perfect for Kate! She adores fairies, and is going to help me make her costume from scratch!
Thanks to our good friends at Martha Stewart, I am sharing the full tutorial so you can make your own as well!Photos by Bryan Gardner. Courtesy of Martha Stewart Halloween Special Issue. Copyright ©2013
Follow the instructions below, and put together the perfect costume for your sweet girl! Can you imagine the hours of imaginative play your little girl will have in her Woodland Sprite costume, flitting around catching imaginary magical creatures?Photos by Bryan Gardner. Courtesy of Martha Stewart Halloween Special Issue. Copyright ©2013
MATERIALS NEEDED FOR SKIRTS
• basic sewing supplies
• screw punch
• waxed twine
• embroidery needle
INSTRUCTIONS FOR MAKING TULLE SKIRTS
Cut tulle 60 inches wide and twice as long as you want the skirt to be; for our sprites, the tulle was 12, 26, and 40 inches long, for skirts 6, 13, and 20 inches long. For each skirt, cut 5 to 8 pieces, depending on desired fullness. Stack layers and pin to secure; use screw punch to make holes 1 inch apart lengthwise along center. Using waxed twine and embroidery needle, stitch through holes, leaving thread ends long. Fold tulle along seam, and cinch thread for waist of skirt. Trim layers of tulle as desired for a cascading effect.Photos by Bryan Gardner. Courtesy of Martha Stewart Halloween Special Issue. Copyright ©2013
Materials Needed For Headband
• millinery butterflies
• hot-glue gun
• woodland sprites
(see page 110)
• wool felt
• fabric flowers
• ribbon, 3/4- and
• green tarp
• plastic frog
INSTRUCTIONS FOR HEADPIECES
For butterflies: Cut 4 pieces of tulle 5 by 30 inches; stack them. Use screw punch to make holes 1 inch apart down the center. Using waxed twine and embroidery needle, stitch through holes; then cinch thread ends and knot. Wire butterflies into tulle, and hot-glue to headband. For flowers: Use template to cut a felt oval; hot-glue fabric flowers and 3/4-inch ribbon ties to it. For frog: Use template to cut a lily pad shape from green tarp. Hot-glue a plastic frog to lily pad, and glue to headband.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR BUTTERFLY NECKLACE
Remove 3 butterflies from wires; hot-glue them together at the tips of their wings. Glue outer wings to 3/8-inch ribbons.
MATERIALS NEEDED FOR NETS
• 9-inch wooden
(exterior ring only)
• piece of wood,
16 by 1/2 inch
INSTRUCTIONS FOR NETS
Cut a piece of tulle 31 by 18 inches; fold it in half, and stitch it into 18-inch long tube. Cinch and stitch one end closed. Stitch the open end around hoop. Drill a hole in wood piece, 1/2 inch from end; unscrew hoop, insert wood piece, and use hoop’s screw to secure. Add hot-glue to reinforce.
This was just one of many amazing costumes, decorations, parties, recipes and more from this fabulous issue! You can find more ideas —> HERE
Some amazing behind the scenes action can be found —> HERE!
You can either purchase your very own issue at your favorite store, bookstore, or newstand -OR- you can download a digital copy —> HERE!