How to Make an Alice in Wonderland Queen of Hearts Costume

by Erin Ringwald
Make a queen of hearts costume using an old ball gown.

Make a queen of hearts costume using an old ball gown.

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"Off with her head," says the Queen of Hearts to just about everyone. First made popular by Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," The Queen of Hearts with her nasty temper is the villain you love to hate from many adaptations of the classic tale. If you want to recreate your own costume of the queen, use an old ball gown from the local thrift store and some satin fabric from the craft store.

Items you will need

  • Red ball gown
  • White satin fabric
  • Straight pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Black satin
  • Red satin
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Black hair dye
  • Brush
  • Rubber band
  • Bobby pins
  • Tiara
  • Red shoes
Step 1

Lay a red, long-skirted ball gown on a flat work surface. Choose a gown with a full skirt. Cut a triangle out of the bottom of the skirt with the top point at center of the waist and the bottom edge measuring 18-inches wide, resting on the bottom hem of the dress.

Step 2

Cut a panel out of white satin fabric that is 1 inch wider than the cut-out piece. Use straight pins to attach the white panel to the inside of the cutout in the skirt, folding the skirt's hem inwards. Use a sewing machine to sew the panel into the skirt with a 1/2-inch hem. Remove the straight pins.

Step 3

Cut a 6-inch heart from a piece of black satin, a 5-inch heart from white satin and a 4-inch heart from red satin. Place the red heart on top of the white heart and center it. Secure the two hearts using straight pins. Attach the two hearts together using the sewing machine. Place the white heart on top of the black heart and center it. Secure it with more straight pins. Sew them together using the sewing machine. Remove the straight pins.

Step 4

Attach the three hearts to the front center of the top of the dress using straight pins. Sew it in place with a needle and thread.

Step 5

Dye your hair black or wear a black wig. Brush your hair into a high ponytail and secure it with a rubber band. Twist the end of the hair and wrap it around the ponytail to create a bun. Secure it with bobby pins.

Step 6

Wear a tiara or crown. Secure it to your head with more bobby pins.

Step 7

Wear red or black shoes to match the dress.

Step 8

Cut out two 5-inch red hearts from construction paper. Place a 6-inch long dowel rod on one of the hearts, with 5-inches of the dowel below the heart. Hot glue it in place. Apply hot glue to the edge of the heart and place the second heart over top to sandwich the dowel rod in the center.

Step 9

Carry the heart on the dowel rod and wear the completed dress and crown.

Photo Credits

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