How to Make an Authentic Maleficent Costume

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Terrifying. Beautiful. Powerful. The specter of Maleficent, the glowering queen of Sleeping Beauty, and the stuff of nightmares for the somnambulant princess and her legions of fans, has never put more of a fright, nor been as topical, as she is today. This Evil Queen knows how to make an entrance. And this easy-to-make costume will immortalize you, notoriously, for many Halloweens to come. So go ahead, embrace your dark side, and be dazzlingly devilish for one cursed, unforgettable night.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 Black sheets 8x11 inch craft foam
  • Spray adhesive
  • 4 yards black stretchy fabric, one for the collar and hair wrap and the rest for the cape
  • Fabric scissors
  • 20 Gauge armature wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Headband with antennas
  • Newspaper
  • Black duct tape
  • Mod Podge
  • 1/2 inch wide foam brush
  • 4 yards black ribbon preferably biased cut
  • 5 Foot bamboo rod
  • 2 Velcro round sticky fasteners
  • 2 inch bouncy ball in translucent green or clear with green glitter
  • Long black scarf (for the hair wrap)
  • Purple eyeshadow
  • Green eyeshadow
  • Light foundation
Maleficent Costume Finished
Maleficent Costume Finished (Image: Malificent Final)

Maleficent's Cape

Step 1

Take an 8 inch by 11 inch piece of black craft foam and spray both sides with spray adhesive. Repeat to a second piece of foam core.

Spray two sheets of craft foam
Spray two sheets of craft foam (Image: Malificent Cape Step 1)

Step 2

At each bottom corner of your 3-yard fabric, wrap foam with fabric so it is all covered. Trim excess.

Cover foam.
Cover foam. (Image: Malificent Cape Step 3)

Step 3

Fold the foam sheet in half as shown in the photo. Make a line of hot glue and starting at the exact middle top of your 4-yard piece of fabric hot glue the folded foam from the mid-point along the top of the fabric in a line.

Attach collars to cape.
Attach collars to cape. (Image: Malificent Cape Step 3)

Step 4

Fold fabric in half and trim the bottom corner off, rounding the bottom of the cape.

Round bottom of cape.
Round bottom of cape. (Image: Malificent Cape Step 4)

Step 5

Take foam collar and roll each collar in your hands away from where your face will be.

Roll collar over.
Roll collar over. (Image: Malificent Cape Step 5)

Maleficent Horns

Step 1

Using one 24-inch piece of armature wire, make a continuous line two horn shape.

Create wire horn shape.
Create wire horn shape. (Image: Malificent Horns Step 1)

Step 2

Thread the armature through the existing antenna springs.

Attach wire armature to headband.
Attach wire armature to headband. (Image: Malificent Horns Step 2)

Step 3

Wrap the antennas with equal amounts of newspaper on each side.

Wrap horns with newspaper.
Wrap horns with newspaper. (Image: Malificent Horns Step 3)

Step 4

Cover the newspaper in duct tape, keeping to the horn shapes.

Cover newspaper with duct tape.
Cover newspaper with duct tape. (Image: Malificent Horns Step 4)

Step 5

Starting at the top of each horn, wrap the horn with black ribbon all the way down to the base tying to the headband at the bottom.

Wrap horns with ribbon from top down.
Wrap horns with ribbon from top down. (Image: Malificent Horns Step 5)

Step 6

Cover the ribbon with a coat of Mod Podge sealer. Let dry, then cover with a second coat for a glossy finish.

Brush layers of Mod Podge on the horns.
Brush layers of Mod Podge on the horns. (Image: Malificent Horns Step 6)

Maleficent Accessories

Step 1

Wrap the bouncy ball with duct tape strips over the top in an "x" coming down the rod two inches on each side of the rod. Reinforce with duct tape going around the initial "x" and around the bottom of the ball a little bit. Cut the "x" away covering the top of the ball.

Attach bouncy ball to bamboo rod.
Attach bouncy ball to bamboo rod. (Image: Malificent Staff Step 1)

Step 2

Tape black ribbon to the top of the rod and wrap it around the rod all the way to the bottom. Duct tape a piece of black duct tape to secure the ribbon around the bottom of the rod.

Wrap rod with black ribbon.
Wrap rod with black ribbon. (Image: Malificent Staff Step 2)

Step 3

Take a piece of duct tape that is long enough to wrap around your neck and using your scrap fabric, wrap the cut edges of the fabric to the back of the duct tape. Cover the back with another piece of duct tape.

Cover a piece of duct tape with fabric.
Cover a piece of duct tape with fabric. (Image: Malificent Neckband Step 1)

Step 4

Add a velcro closure to the fabric neckband at the middle of the ends.

Add a velcro closure.
Add a velcro closure. (Image: Malificent Neckband Step 2)

Step 5

For the makeup, combine the lightest foundation you can find with green eyeshadow, mix well. Apply to the face with an applicator. Apply purple eyeshadow and red lipstick. Add a widows peak with black eyeliner. Put horns on first then wrap your head with a long black scarf, tucking it into itself.

Makeup tips
Makeup tips (Image: Malificent Makeup)

Step 6

Wear head to toe black underneath the cape and you are all set.

Head to toe black.
Head to toe black. (Image: Malificent full-length)
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