How to Make a Clown's Paper Ruffle Collar

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A clown costume is a perennial favorite for Halloween. Along with the standard big shoes, rainbow wig and big red nose, a white ruffled collar is a detail that adds authenticity to the costume. A ruffled collar is a traditional element of clown costumes that is a bit more unexpected and creative than the more commonly seen bow tie. A paper collar is lightweight, easy to wear and requires no sewing. A white collar is also crisp and adds contrast to a colorful clown costume.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper plate
  • Coffee filters
  • Craft glue

Cut out the center of a paper plate, leaving only the outer ring, and make a cut through the ring so that you can separate it to put it around the wearer's neck.

Fold a white paper coffee filter in half, placing a dab of glue between the two halves at the narrow end.

Glue the folded coffee filter to the paper plate ring with the closed, narrow end lined up with the inside of the ring and the open, wide end facing outward.

Continue gluing folded coffee filters around the paper plate until the ring is covered with filters. Don't glue any filters over the cut that you made through the ring so that the collar can be put on and taken off.

Add a second layer of coffee filters or as many layers as it takes to make the ruffled collar as full as you want it.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you don't have a paper plate handy, cut a ring from any stiff paper or cardboard.
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