When it comes to last-minute creepy costumes, a toilet-paper mummy is the clear winner. It's a one-size-fits-all costume that's inexpensive and easy to make from household supplies. If you have a few minutes to spare, increase the costume's fright factor with makeup and markers. When you create a toilet-paper mummy costume, keep safety concerns in mind, especially if the costume is for a child.
Things You'll Need
Black long-sleeve turtleneck
Black ski cap
Black ballet flats or bedroom slippers
Black eye shadow
Cloth first-aid tape
Gray washable markers
Dress in black tights, a black turtleneck, a black knit hat and black ballet flats or bedroom slippers. Tuck your hair into the cap or down the neck of your shirt. Use black eye shadow to give your eye area a hollow appearance. Apply black lipstick to your mouth.
Tape the end of a roll of toilet paper to your shirt at the waist with cloth first-aid tape. Wrap the paper around your waist and then wrap downward, to the top of your thighs. Continue wrapping the toilet paper around one leg, working from top to bottom and then back up again. Tear the tissue, and secure the loose end to the top of your thigh with tape. Tape the end of the paper still attached to the roll to the top of your other thigh, and repeat the wrapping process for that leg.
Test the wrapping on your lower body by walking and moving around. If the paper tears or your movements are too restrained, adjust the wraps. When the wraps fit comfortably, use cloth tape to secure the paper over your knees and in other areas where it might slip or tear.
Tape the end of the toilet paper to your shirt above the existing wraps. Wind the paper around your torso, ending at your armpits. Tear the paper and secure the end with tape. Wrap each arm from the shoulder to the wrist and back up again. Make sure you can move your arms and bend your elbows. Use tape to secure the wraps around your elbows.
Tape the end of the toilet paper to the front of your cap. Wind the paper around your head and face, leaving openings around your eyes, nose and mouth. Continue wrapping the toilet paper down your neck and over the tops of your shoulders.
Cover exposed areas on your costume with additional toilet paper. Wrap paper around the front of your head to cover the top of your head and the underside of your jaw. Make sure you can move your mouth. Wrap your hands and fingers in toilet paper, and tape strips of toilet paper to the tops of your shoes.
Add details to the tissue-paper mummy costume with gray washable markers. Highlight the edges of the tissue strips and draw rips and smudges to give the bandages a dingy, aged appearance.
You may need help when you wrap yourself in toilet paper. Get assistance from a friend, especially when you wrap your arms, head and shoulders.
To create an unraveling effect, tape strips of toilet paper to your legs, arms, shoulders and neck and let them hang loosely.
If you prefer not to wrap your hands, wear white gloves and tape strips of toilet paper to them.
Before you apply makeup, read the manufacturer's directions and test it on a small area to avoid adverse reactions.
Even though it's made from lightweight toilet paper, your mummy costume is confining. Make sure you can move, walk, see and breathe properly.
A toilet-paper mummy costume is flammable. Keep any dangling strips of tissue away from flames.