How to Make a Treasure Troll Costume

Treasure trolls became popular in the early 1960s. Known for their big, colorful hair and a jeweled belly-button, these distinct dolls made a lasting impression. While store-bought troll costumes may be difficult to come across, making your own can be an inexpensive and fun project. The standard treasure troll costume consists of skin-colored material, but several variations can be made, including the addition of themed clothing or props.

The Basic Outfit

Buy a skin-colored leotard. If you cannot find a leotard, wrap skin-colored fabric around your body as tightly as possible. You can sew or pin the fabric together to fashion a bodysuit.

Glue a large jewel to the leotard or fabric placed over your belly-button. If you cannot find a jewel or want to save money, draw in a jewel shape with a colorful marker. The jewel can be in the shape of a diamond, star, heart, rectangle, circle or oval.

Create a tutu skirt out of colorful tulle to make the costume stand out more. Cut enough 4-by-12-inch strips of colorful, sheer fabric to make a full tutu that fits you. Tie each rectangle onto a string, then tie the string around your waist. An alternative is to wear brightly colored shorts.


Hold a water bottle on top of your head. Brush hair evenly around the water bottle. Hold the rest of your hair with one hand above the water bottle. Tie your hair to the top cap of the water bottle with a rubber band.

Spray hair color evenly on your hair. Use a bright color, such as pink, purple, green, red, blue or yellow. Use your fingers to smooth hair around the water bottle and make the top of your hair stand up as tall as possible. Use hair spray on top if the hair color does not stiffen enough.

For short hair, there's no need for a water bottle. Spray on hair color evenly, then use your fingers to spike up your hair into a point if possible. You may also purchase a bright hair wig.


Hair color may stain. After you color your hair, be mindful of chair you sit on and walls you lean against, as color may rub off on other surfaces.

About the Author

Kari Sheragy has been writing professionally since 2005. She has worked closely with a San Francisco Bay area company specializing in fitness iPhone apps, "Flavors of Portland" and eHow.com. With a specialization in DIY projects and graphic design, Sheragy graduated cum laude with a bachelor's degree in communication studies from San Jose State University.