How to Create a Fairy Godmother Costume

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Things You'll Need

  • Cardboard

  • Scissors

  • 1/4-inch dowel, 2 feet long

  • Clear packing tape

  • Stapler

  • Newspaper

  • Silver or gold spray paint

  • Fine glitter (optional)

  • Pastel choir robe, graduation gown or shiny dress

  • Satin sash or scarf

Make your own wand from a dowel and cardboard.
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Making a fairy godmother costume offers the opportunity to dress up as a character without spending a large amount of time in creating an outlandish outfit. A choir robe, graduation gown or a shiny long-sleeved dress serve as the basis for the costume; pastel or bold colors offer more of a fairy-style effect than a black outfit. A large sash or bow and a homemade magic wand round out the look.


Step 1

Draw a star shape 2 to 3 inches tall on a sheet of stiff cardboard. Cut out the shape with scissors. Set the star atop the cardboard again and trace around it, cutting out the duplicate star as well.

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Step 2

Assemble the wand by setting a star atop the work surface, then resting an inch of the dowel rod atop the star between the two bottom points. Apply a strip of packing tape over the dowel end to hold it to the star. Rest the other star atop the first to sandwich the dowel in place. The stars should be aligned the same way. Staple the cardboard in several places to secure the stars together.

Step 3

Place a sheet of newspaper on a work surface outdoors on a calm day or indoors in a well-ventilated area. Set the wand atop the paper.

Step 4

Shake the spray can for a minute or so, as directed by the manufacturer's instructions. Spray-paint the wand silver or gold using smooth, even arm motions. Sprinkle fine glitter over the star, if desired, while the paint is still wet, for added sparkle. Turn the wand over after 15 or 20 minutes and paint the other side. Allow the paint to dry for another 20 minutes.


Step 5

Put on the robe, gown or dress. Tie the satin sash or scarf around your neck in a large bow shape. The sash may be a similar color to the dress, or completely different, such as a pink sash over a blue dress.

Step 6

Arrange your hair into a bun shape or wear a bun wig. This step is optional and gives the fairy godmother an older appearance, especially if the costume is for a child, teen or young adult.


Wear a tiara for an added touch if desired. A fairy godmother costume may be interpreted many ways; alter the style to suit your tastes.

A fancy gown from a thrift store may be used as the main outfit for a fairy godmother; stick with shiny, colorful fabrics for a fairytale appearance.

Add a hooded cape or purchased costume fairy wings to the outfit for an extra otherworldly effect.

Wear shoes that coordinate with the dress or gown for an added touch.


Spray paint only in a well-ventilated area, such as outdoors on a calm day. Wear a dust mask to avoid breathing in paint fumes.


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