How to Make an Adult Tinkerbell Costume

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Create a Tinkerbell costume.
Create a Tinkerbell costume. (Image: Dave Broberg/Hemera/Getty Images)

Tinkerbell is spunky, impulsive and charming, with just a bit of a lovable temper. From a beloved children's literature character to an iconic pixie with her own series of movies, Tinkerbell has a wide range of adventures and characteristics to inspire your costume choices. By recreating her classic green dress and blonde bun, you can play with the overall look to match your own personality and dazzle your friends at your next costume party.

Things You'll Need

  • Green synthetic, stretch fabric
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Elastic
  • Green tulle
  • Shoes
  • Green paint
  • Glitter (green, gold)
  • Quick-drying glue
  • White yarn
  • Wire
  • Gauzy fabric
  • Hot glue gun
  • Glue
  • Glitter glue
  • Hair elastic
  • Bobby pins
  • Hairspray
  • Makeup
  • Wooden dowel
  • Thin cardboard

Dress

Measure snugly around your hips to create a tube top dress; cut out a rectangle from stretchy fabric that is the width of your measurement. Cut it so that the direction of the fabric stretches horizontally. Measure from your armpit to where you want the skirt to hit on your leg; add 2 inches and trim the rectangle to the length of that measurement.

Sew the long sides of the rectangle together to create a tube, with the right sides together. Fold over the top of the tube by 1 inch and sew it in place. The dress will probably be too loose at the top, so take it in along the seam until it fits. Trim the bottom of the dress in a wide zigzag pattern.

Measure around your waist to create an additional tulle skirt; cut a piece of elastic the length of your measurement. Overlap the ends by at least 1 inch and sew them together.

Cut out 4- to 6-inch-wide strips that are twice as long as you want your finished skirt from several shades of green tulle. Fold them in half and loop the folded ends around the elastic waistband. Repeat until the elastic is covered by tulle loops, and the skirt is your desired fullness.

Shoes

Paint a pair of shoes bright green using acrylic paint or spray paint. Stuff plastic bags into the shoes before painting to keep the insides clean.

Mix green glitter with a fast-drying glue and apply the mixture over the shoes. Let them dry overnight.

Create two pompoms by wrapping white or silver yarn around three fingers 100 times. Slip the loops off your fingers; tie them off in the middle; then cut open the loops on both ends, and fluff out the pompom. Hot glue the pompoms to the tops of the shoes.

Wings

Bend a thin wire into the shape of two wings. Make them long and pointed on the top and short and rounded on the bottom. Attach the wings together in the center using additional wire or elastic.

Stretch sheer, gauzy fabric over the wire wings. Hot glue the ends of the fabric around the wire to hold the fabric in place. Create a harness by creating two elastic loops large enough to fit over your arms and shoulders and tying them to the wings where they join.

For an extra touch of sparkle, trace a swirling design over the wings with glitter glue. Let the glue dry for several hours before wearing them.

Finishing Touches

Pull your hair up into a soft, round bun on the top of your head. Fluff out your bangs, and then use pins and hairspray to pull back any flyaway hairs.

Apply a light amount of makeup, such as shimmery blush, pink lip gloss, and delicate eyeliner. Use natural colors for your eye shadow.

Make a wand by cutting out two stars from a thin piece of cardboard and gluing them back-to-back at the top of a wooden dowel. Cover the stars with glue; then hold the stars over scrap paper and pour glitter over them. Shake off any excess glitter onto the paper and let the glue dry completely.

Tips & Warnings

  • Instead of sewing a tube top dress, you can use a green swimming suit, leotard, tank top or fitted T-shirt for the top of your outfit.
  • For a spicier, more adult look to your costume, use more contrasting makeup, like red lipstick and dark mascara. Shorten the skirt and show a little cleavage to complete the effect.
  • Consider carrying a bag of gold glitter “pixie dust” with you; just remember that glitter can be hard to get off!

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