Things You'll Need
- Red tank top, tube top or camisole
- Blue shorts, skirt or bathing suit bottom
- Tall red boots
- White duct tape
- Gold fabric paint
- White fabric paint
- Black fabric paint
- Star stencil
- 2 sheets gold craft foam, 9 inch by 12 inch
- 1 sheet red craft foam, 9 inch by 12 inch
- Sticky back Velcro
- 1/2 yard black braided elastic, 3/4 inch
- 1 yard metallic gold ribbon, 1.5 inch
Flaunt your feminist ideals and show off your creativity by making your own Wonder Woman costume. Whether you're off to a costume party or attending a comic convention, everyone will admire your resourcefulness, not to mention your curves, when you arrive in this homemade star-spangled costume. Not only are the materials easy to find, but this is also a no-sew project, so it's easy to whip up your own version of this iconic superhero costume.
Making the Main Costume
Draw the shape of the Wonder Woman emblem on the front of the red costume top with a pencil. Trace the shape of a wide "W" with straight horizontal lines coming off the top to resemble wings.
Paint the emblem gold. Fill in the shape with gold fabric paint using broad strokes and a wide brush. Outline the shape with black fabric paint using a thin brush.
Apply white stars to the blue costume bottom. Place the star stencil where you want a star on the shorts or skirt, and dab white fabric paint to fill in the shape. Repeat several times until you have the desired number of stars.
Embellish the red boots with white duct tape. Tape one piece of white duct tape vertically down the front of each boot, extending all the way to the toe. Affix another piece along the top of each boot around the entire circumference of the calf.
Make the Accessories
Cut a tiara out of gold craft foam. Lay the piece of craft foam horizontally on your work surface so that the 12 inch side is towards you. Make a mark 2 inches from the bottom corner on each side, and make a mark 4 inches from the bottom edge in the middle of the sheet.
Draw a softly curved line connecting the mark in the middle of the sheet of gold craft foam with the marks on the sides to create the pointed shape of the tiara. Cut along the lines for a tiara that is 12 inches in length. Staple a length of black braided elastic to the back of the tiara to hold it securely to your head.
Cut two strips of gold craft foam that are 3 inches wide and long enough to go around your wrist and overlap by 1 inch. Affix sticky back Velcro to the edges of the cuffs to secure them.
Trace three star shapes on the piece of red craft foam using the star stencil. Cut them out and glue one on the center front of the tiara and one on each of the gold bracelets.
Tie the gold ribbon around your waist to make the belt. Make a secure knot in the back and cut off any excess ribbon.
If you already have long dark hair, wear it down in long waves. If not, wear a long black wig. Wonder Woman was created in the early 1940's, so her makeup is reminiscent of that era. Use powder to create a clearly defined brow arch, and wear light red lipstick. Carry a length of rope painted gold for Wonder Woman's Golden Lasso of Truth.
- If you already have long dark hair, wear it down in long waves. If not, wear a long black wig.
- Wonder Woman was created in the early 1940's, so her makeup is reminiscent of that era. Use powder to create a clearly defined brow arch, and wear light red lipstick.
- Carry a length of rope painted gold for Wonder Woman's Golden Lasso of Truth.
Based in Philadelphia, Marybeth Kufen has been teaching since 2007, and has been writing education-related articles since 2013. She holds a master's degree in elementary education and is a certified Reading Specialist. Kufen was named Teacher of the Year for her district in 2014.