Whether your youngster is planning a Halloween evening of trick-or-treating as the king of the jungle, or just looking for an extra costume accessory for his next playroom safari, this simple, inexpensive lion's mane will help him reach his goal easily. You can even use a variety of different colored tulle fabric to make a lion's mane unlike any other. If you're not a crafty mama, show no fear -- the mane requires absolutely no sewing and the stiff netting fabric makes assembling the headpiece a cinch.
Items you will need
- Brown tulle (other colors optional)
- Plastic headband
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks (optional)
Cut the tulle into strips between 4 and 5 inches long. You can make each strip the same length or make them different lengths for a messy mane.
Lay the plastic headband on your work surface and fold one strip of tulle over the headband. Tie the ends of the tulle in a knot to attach it. The ends of the tulle should be sticking upward above the headband.
Fold another strip of tulle over the headband and tie it in a knot, pushing it as close to the first knot as possible. You can use a little hot glue to hold the knots in place if you're worried they might wiggle off the headband.
Continue adding tulle knots to the headband until you reach about 1 inch from each end.
Cut two long pieces of tulle, each long enough to reach from your child's ear to about 10 inches below his neck. Knot the end of one strip to one end of the headband and the other strip to the opposite side. Use a bit of hot glue to secure these strips to the headband. These strips will tie in a bow beneath your kiddo's chin like a bonnet.
Cut 10- to 12-inch-long strips of tulle. Again, you can cut uniform-length strips, or make them different lengths, to make the lion's mane around your child's face.
Fold one strip in half and knot it around one strip of the tulle bonnet ties. Fold another strip and knot it next to the first. Continue until you reach about 4 inches from the end of the strip and then add more tulle strips to the other tulle bonnet tie.
Have your youngster try on the headband and then tie the tulle strips loosely. Refrain from knotting the ends so your child can take off the mane whenever he wants. Your kiddo is ready to venture through the African plains in his imagination!
- Dazzling Disguises and Clever Costumes; Angela Wilkes
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