DIY Cleopatra Costume & Happy Halloween!

Boston terrier halloween bat costume

Boston terrier halloween bat costume

Barrel of laughs, am I right? Dogs in costumes are always hilarious, but the fact that our dog absolutely loathes them makes it even more so. Sorry, Kyla.

Halloween 2012

I just wanted to show off our costumes for this year! We went to a party last weekend and had a lot of fun. We had big ambitions for Jimmy’s costume – we were originally planning to make these incredible 9-foot articulated wings out of a backpack frame (be sure to watch the video). We had the parts ready to go and ordered nearly $100 worth of feathers to cover them, and the feathers never showed up. I do not recommend ordering from Rainbow Feathers, since they charged my card immediately and never sent my merchandise! They ignored several calls and emails as well. I have a claim out on them with my Amex card. Frustrating!

Anyhow we made do with a Venetian plague doctor mask and a cape (along with all black clothing) for Jimmy.

Last year, I did a sugar skull makeup mask and the year before that I was Alice as part of a group costume, which was tons of fun. But this year I wanted to be two things: pretty (as in… not scary) and comfortable. To me this meant no full face makeup that I was paranoid about smearing and no wig. I originally worked on a Steampunk look which was going to be amazing, but it had many pieces and a huge coat, so I decided it wouldn’t be that fun in a crowded party. If I wanted to take the jacket off, it would kind of ruin the look, and I’d end up with half a costume which I didn’t want.

So at the last minute, I changed my mind and went as Cleopatra.

DIY no sewing cleopatra costume

DIY No-sew Cleopatra Costume

I made this costume in about 2 hours. No sewing, no fuss!

DIY no-sew Cleopatra Halloween costume

Cleopatra, Queen of Denial

Headband: A piece of decorative trim hot glued on top of a piece of gold rick-rack. I then glued two strings of gold paillettes to either side of where my face would be. I fastened the back into my hair with a bobby pin. I wanted to do a cobra in the middle, but the only plastic cobra I could find was way too big and the headband would have needed reinforcing so I abandoned that idea.

Arm bands: I got gold fabric from JoAnn’s. It was a sort of gold foil on one side and a denim type fabric on the other. I measured my wrists and added 2″ to that measurement, then cut two 3″ strips by that length. I used sticky back velcro to put them on and sort of attached them at an angle so they were tight against my wrists.

Dress: It’s just a jersey strapless maxi dress I got from Target on sale last year for $5.

Belt: I measured my waist and added 4″ to that. I then cut a 3″ strip by that length. I used sticky back velcro to close it. I put that on the side where my arm would cover it. The back would have worked too but I have what we call junk in the trunk, and it wasn’t really laying flat with the velcro.

Loincloth: I traced out a long rectangle that was slightly wider on one end (okay I guess that’s a trapezoid), and used a dinner plate to trace the curve at the bottom. I then drew a black rectangle and colored it in with a sharpie. Black acrylic paint would have probably been more opaque, but I was out. I glued on rhinestones to embellish it. Then I hot glued it to the back of the belt.

Shoes: My yellow gladiator sandals worked fine.

Cleopatra makeup

Cleopatra makeup

Makeup: The key products for this look were black gel eyeliner and Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream in 11 Gold. Both were waterproof so I didn’t have to worry about them coming off or smudging. I LOVE the aqua cream and it will work on eyes, face, or lips. I did a cut crease on my eye with the gold, the liner, and MAC Carbon shadow (a matte black). I did an Egyptian eye with an exaggerated cat eye on one lid and a geometric eye of Horus inspired design on the other. I put on more bronzer than I normally would with a little blush and then highlighted my cheeks with the Aqua Cream. I used MAC Dainty Cake lipstick (a peach with gold frost) and dotted more Aqua Cream in the center of my bottom lip for a gold highlight. I drew on seriously bold black brows with the gel liner as well.

This costume was super fun, easy to make, and a big hit at the party. In the end, I was glad I went with this look! There were about 6 or 7 other steampunks there, but I was the only Cleopatra!

angry dog in a bat costume

Kyla says, Happy frickin’ Halloween.

What did you dress up as this year?



  1. says

    Your dog’s costume is hilarious! And you look stunning. My daughter was Medusa this year and wants to be Cleopatra next year, so I’m totally going to bookmark this post. I was a pirate…but I kinda think people thought I was just an “interesting” dresser, lol.