How to Make a Queen of Hearts Costume

Carry a scepter and adopt a fiery attitude when portraying the Queen.
Carry a scepter and adopt a fiery attitude when portraying the Queen. (Image: tata99may/iStock/Getty Images)

Whether it's the card suit or the co-ruler of Wonderland, the Queen of Hearts is an iconic character that you can recreate for Halloween or a costume party. When creating your own Queen of Hearts costume, make it as simple or as elaborate as you like.

Things You'll Need

  • Red felt
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue
  • Base outfit, such as a red dress
  • Red high heels or flats
  • Decks of cards
  • Tape measure
  • Computer paper
  • Stapler
  • Staples
  • Bobby pins
  • Plastic cup
  • Wire headband
  • Gold metallic spay paint

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Base Outfit

Cut out several hearts of varying sizes out of red felt.

Attach the hearts to the base outfit -- a red dress, short or long, or a red blouse paired with a red skirt -- with craft glue. You can also use a combination of red and black for the base outfit.

Pair shorter skirts or dress with tights featuring a heart-shaped motif. Finish the look with a pair of red high heels or flats.

Card Collar

Measure the circumference of your neck using a cloth tape measure. Write down the measurement.

Create a collar template by cutting a semi-circle the size of your neck out of a piece of computer paper. The paper should be in a landscape position when cutting. Put the collar template on to ensure it fits properly around the neck.

Place a few cards on top of one another, fanning them out as if you were playing a card game. Staple the cards together. Continue in this manner, using the collar template as a guide until you have created a semi-circle that fits your neck.

Make a second, larger semi-circle by stapling the cards in the same manner as before. This second semi-circle goes behind the first circle to create the collar.

Lay the first semi-circle over the second, covering about half of the second set of cards. Staple the two semi-circles together.

Poke a small hole into the middle top of the collar with a knife. Poke a second small hole a few inches to the left of the first hole. Poke a third small hole a few inches to the right of the first hole.

Insert a bobby pin into all three holes. Place the collar around your neck and attach the bobby pins to your hair to keep the collar up.

The Crown

Cut the lip portion off a plastic cup. Make the points of the crown by cutting triangle “M”-like shapes downward from the top of the cup.

Cut two slits -- one on each side -- at the bottom of the plastic cup. This is where you will slide the headband through.

Spray the plastic cup crown with metallic gold spray paint. Let the cup dry for several hours before handling.

Cut small heart-shapes from a piece of red felt. Attach the hearts to the points of the crown using craft glue. Let the glue dry completely before continuing.

Slide the wire headband through the holes you slit in the bottom of the cup. Don’t slide the crown all the way to the middle; instead, slide it a little to the side to make it look a little skewed.

Tips & Warnings

  • Complete the look by creating a heart-shaped mouth on your lips with red lipstick.


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