My BFF and I made unicorn costumes for EDC!
This year we set out for a trip to Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas for a long weekend of fun with our hubbies. We had a blast dancing for three days in the desert.
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Costumes are encouraged at EDC (bonus!) so we put together unicorn costumes to dance away night one. While the dressing up part is the icing on the cake, a lot of fun goes into the brainstorming, creation, and execution of a great costume together.
A few months before the festival our friends had a surprise for us and announced that they were expecting a baby in the fall! Fortunately our unicorn costumes were maternity proof.
Since my BFF and I share a love for creativity AND electronic music, getting decked out in costume while getting our groove on is the perfect combo.
If you’ve been following along with my Halloween costumes over the years, you may know that I’m a stickler for accuracy, comfort, and function. Ten hours of festival dancing in the desert heat requires a costume that’s lightweight, cool, easy-to-manage (think porta-potties), and will last the long-haul of the night. Our handmade unicorn costumes have all of those features + they’re super cute. :)
DIY Unicorn Costume
Inspired by a ton of unicorn costumes on Pinterest, we created a clip-in unicorn headpiece with a single horn, rainbow mane, and clip-in ears. Sequin outfits with matching sequin boot covers complete the fantasy costume.
Unicorn Costume Materials
- glittery felt
- pleather wrapped wire headband
- poly-fil stuffing
- shimmery cord
- glitter craft foam
- tubular crin (tube ribbon) in multiple colors
- small rubber bands
- hair clips (we used these from Target)
- sequin outfits
- matching sequin boot covers
How we made our Unicorn Costume
To make the horn, create a cone shape out of the glittery felt fabric, sew the sides together, and fill with stuffing. Then wrap the horn with shimmery cord in a spiral pattern.
Headpiece base and horn attachment:
We bent the wire headband so the ends touched, covered with felt, and hand-sewed into place. The base of the horn was sewn into the front curve. Small slits were cut into the felt piece to make room to slide in hair clips.
To make unicorn ears start with two large and two small curved triangles cut from the glitter craft foam. The triangles should have flat bottoms and slightly curved sides.
To create the three dimensional shape of the ear, cut a vertical slit into the bottom of the two large triangles. Slightly overlap the two sides of the large triangle to create the curved ear. If needed, secure the slit overlap with a stitch or small piece of tape. Lay the small inner ear triangle on top and hand sew onto the hair clip.
Unicorn Mane and Crown:
Our goal was to create a mohawk that would stand straight up on top and then fall down into a long flowing unicorn mane.
The unicorn mane is made of several bunches of tube ribbon in a rainbow of colors and various lengths. The ends were held together with a small rubber band.
Each of these bunches are sewn onto the felt headpiece. For extra control of the mane, fishing line was sewn through the tube ribbon and around the mohawk to help it stand straight up.
For both sides of the headpiece we cut a crown shaped piece of craft foam and sewed in place. This added some extra shimmery flare.
The tail is made the same way as the mane by bunching together a handful of tube ribbon and securing with a rubber band. We wrapped the ends with some scrap fabric so it wasn’t itchy then used extra fabric to create a tie-on belt.
Unicorn Costume and Extras:
Our unicorn costumes are sequin rompers from China through Aliexpress (a first time order for me and it went really well). The romper style was a bit…uh…tight so we cut out the inseam and wore them as very short dresses with shorts underneath. This made the costumes much more festival friendly (again, think porta-potties).
We removed the long ties on the front of the rompers and adjusted the neckline as needed. The sleeves were cut off which conveniently already had elastic making them the perfect raver-style boot covers. :)
These unicorn costumes turned out perfect. We rated them the most comfortable costumes we’ve ever made and we got a ton of compliments.
￼We’ve been friends for over 15 years and have gotten creative together since the beginning. Cheers to many more years of creativity and costumes with you girl… :)