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!
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.