How to Make a Ram Horns Headpiece Costume

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If you’re putting together a ram costume for Halloween, a costume party or a school play, you’ll need to create a horn headpiece to complete the look. You can make your own ram horns using a paper mache technique, which will save costs over purchasing a headpiece from a costume store where similar items can sometimes be expensive. Plus, the paper mache technique uses up old paper, making it an environmentally friendly addition to your costume.

Things You'll Need

  • Newspaper
  • 1/2-cup white glue
  • 1/2-cup flour
  • Bowl
  • Polystyrene cone
  • White paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Headband
  • Hot glue gun with glue sticks
  • Tear 3 sheets of newspaper into thin strips, about 1-inch-wide.

  • Mix a paper mache solution of 1/2-cup glue, 1/2 cup-flour and 1/2-cup water.

  • Dip the strips of paper in the mix and use the dampened paper to sculpt two cone shaped horns around polystyrene cones covered with plastic wrap. The horns can be as long as you like. As you come to the end of the polystyrene cone, curve the paper mache horns like a ram’s horns. Continue adding dampened paper strips until you’ve shaped two horns to the size and shape you want.

  • Create indented rings around the horns by pressing down on the paper mache horns and running your finger around the shape. Allow the horns to dry for approximately 24 hours. Slide it off the polystyrene form by pulling upward gently.

  • Paint the horns a pale white color to look like real horns and allow the paint to dry thoroughly.

  • Attach the horns to the top of a headband with a hot glue gun, placing the horns about three inches apart.

Tips & Warnings

  • To make the curved ends of the ram's horns, you might need to add paper mache in layers if you are making large horns. Wrap the paper tightly around the end of the polystyrene cone and continue to coil the paper tightly and let it arc downward from the cone. Place a block of wood beneath the arc to hold it in place and allow the paper to dry. Coil addition pieces of paper around the curved cone to build up the thickness of the horn.

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