May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor – How to Make an Effie Trinket Costume

in times of
coming out with the truth

Did you guys know I’m actually Effie Trinket? I know, I know… I should’ve told you earlier but I couldn’t jeopardize my popularity increasing.  That whole paparazzi in your face thing would drive me nuts so I kept it from the world ’till now.  World, I am Effie Trinket (at least, I was for the night).


But on a more serious note, did you know that Halloween is one of my favorite holidays? Well, if you didn’t, now you know.  I had an especially rough time with my parents’ anniversaries this year (it’s been 16 and 24 years since I’ve seen them last), and so I thought for awhile that I wouldn’t put so much energy into Halloween like I normally do but…PSYCHE!  I was totally wrong about that.  The night before Halloween, I jumped at the idea of making an Effie Trinket costume because I ❤ Hunger Games (and really any young adult dystopian society book).


Here’s how I made it for $25 (granted I had a bunch of this stuff at home already so it may cost you more).

I got a dress at Goodwill for $10, and may I mention that it was a Zara dress– oh la la.  I photoshopped a ton of butterflies together and printed them out on a giant 8.5 x 11 sticky label.  Then I cut them however I felt like and stuck them on the dress (I ended up hot glueing the edges on later after I decided I’d forgo the possibility of wearing the dress again after).  Then I printed out a bunch of single butterflies on card stock, cut them out and hot glued gunned onto the dress and this turtleneck crop top shirt I had from American Apparel.  Lastly, to bring it all together, I got a blonde wig from Ricky’s, whitened my face with eyeshadow, put some butterflies in my hair, and put some crazy paper eyelashes I had lying around the house; I have a weird habit of buying things I absolutely don’t need such as paper eyelashes when they’re on sale but they came in handy this time!

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To complete the outfit, I got my fiance to be the oh so charmingly naive Seneca Crane.  His outfit was only $14, and if you’re wondering about the beard, it’s his (with a touch of makeup).


List of Things You Need for the Effie Trinket Costume

  • Orange Dress ($10)
  • Page full of butterflies (if you comment below with your email, I’ll send you the PDF!)
  • 8.5 x 11 sticker label if you want; otherwise plain paper + glue gun works fine
  • Card stock for the single butterflies
  • A printer (do I have to mention that or is that a given?)
  • A blonde wig unless you have fabulous curly blonde hair ($13)
  • White eyeshadow ($2)
  • Crazy paper eyelashes
  • Wires to put the butterflies on for your hair
  • Glue gun/glue sticks
  • Bobby pins to attach the wired butterflies to your hair
  • 2 hours of fun and exciting patience!

If you have any questions about anything, feel free to reach out! I love making costumes and would love to help you make your Effie Trinket dream come true.



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6 responses to “May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor – How to Make an Effie Trinket Costume

  1. jasmine

    I would love a copy of the pdf you used for the butterflies. I am making this costume this year. thank you so much!!!

  2. Tracy

    Thanks for posting this! I would love to a copy of the pdf butterflies. Would you mind sending to ?

    Thanks so much.

  3. Amber

    I love your take on the costume. So pretty! I also would love a copy of your butterfly pdf. 🙂 Thank you!

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