This year, my middle child asked to be the Mad Hatter. She talked about it for months. I kept thinking she’d change her mind, but oh no, she was set on it! And since I’ve had so many questions about how I did it, here’s what I used for her Mad Hatter costume and make up…
Thankfully, we found this amazing Disney costume on sale. I absolutely love this costume! Up close, it has amazing detail! But I’ll be honest, the hat that was supposed to go with this costume was very disappointing and poofy looking. So I was determined to find a better hat for my girl.
I found her shoes at Goodwill and she just wore some random striped socks.
After much looking, most Mad Hatter hats were more expensive than the costume itself, so I came across a $5 hat at Walmart in the Halloween section that had the right shape and was small and on a headband, which I thought would be better for a child costume and would keep the wig on.
I updated the hat by taking a maroon lace fabric (a shirt I found at Goodwill) and lightly sprayed gold spray paint onto it for more of a brown antiqued look. I stretched that fabric over the hat and glued it to the base of the hat where it meets the brim, then pulled it down over the brim and glued it at the bottom. I like a finished look, so I added black felt to the bottom to cover all the random glued fabric.
Next I added the pink ribbon around the hat. I found the ribbon at Michaels and it was wired, so I pulled the wire out first. I wrapped it around the hat about three times, folding one edge over a little as I went so there wasn’t an obvious strait edge. I cut one end of the ribbon in an upside down “V” shape and the other side strait across a little shorter. I wanted to have fringe at the bottom of the strait edge of the ribbon, so I literally wound twine on a piece of cardboard then glued the top edge of the wound twine onto the ribbon, took the cardboard out and cut the bottom of the twine. I also sprayed the twine gold making sure not to get it on the pink ribbon. It would have been way easier if I had actual fringe of course!
The 10/6 sign I made by cutting a paper plate and burning the edges. I also added a peacock feather at the last minute.
The thing I had to think about the most was how to make the hat pins. I finally came up with cutting a wire hanger, then using glue gun to attach wooden and plastic beads I found in the playroom. After gluing, I spray painted them gold. And voila! – I had a Mad Hatter hat!
MAKE UP //
The Mad Hatter make up was so fun to do! I watched a couple tutorials (tutorial 1 | tutorial 2) on YouTube and sort of picked and chose what ideas I liked the best, considering I was doing this for a child. One thing I did not use was white face makeup. I actually bought some, tried it on myself, and didn’t like the way it looked. So I got the palest foundation and powder I could find to use instead, which I think worked perfectly! The key was the eye makeup and I used a white eyeliner pencil to go around the eyes and draw the lower eye lashes. I also used a brownish tone for the shading under the cheek bones, then added a tiny bit of purple eyeshadow into it.
Since my daughter has braces, I didn’t do the space between the teeth look. But I did try it on myself and it really makes the Mad Hatter look complete! I dried my front two teeth really well then just painted on my black waterproof mascara and let it dry before closing my mouth. Sounds weird but it worked and stayed on!
We already had the Merida wig from a few years ago and I just tucked the long hair up and under in the back with a hair clip. I used hair spray to get the front to stick up the way it is. And for her eyebrows, (I was so glad she wanted to do this!) I actually cut pieces from the wig and glued them on with eye lash glue!