Cindy Lou Who Costume

23 12 2013

I’ll be perfectly honest here- I really don’t like getting all dressed up in costumes. Perhaps it was all the years I spent in drama club, or perhaps it is my disdain for all Halloween costumes being “Slutty fill in the blank” and completely acceptable.

However, over the weekend the XP gang had a Christmas party. A themed Christmas party. A dress-up like your favorite Christmas movie character themed party. I loved the idea, but I wasn’t super pumped to put effort into creating a costume. I didn’t really put much thought into who I would be until a few days before when I randomly decided to be Cindy Lou Who.

When I first thought about Cindy Lou Who, the image that came to my mind was from the cartoon- the original, which I still think is way better than the Jim Carrey version.

Cindy Lou Who

But then my friends started talking about doing up my hair and I remembered the real-life version of Cindy Lou Who:

MV5BMTMxMzY3ODg4Ml5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTYwOTE5MDA3._V1_SX640_SY720_Hm. I could do something like that.

I didn’t really start putting thought into it until Thursday (the party was on Friday), when I started googling “Cindy Lou Who Costumes” and “Cindy Lou Who Hair”.Β  Who knew there were so many “How To” videos and pages out there!? I spotted one site where a mom used an empty water bottle, and I watched a video where a girl teased her hair A LOT.Β  I had ideas swirling in my head, but really didn’t have a plan in place when I left my house late Friday afternoon to go to a thrift store, fabric store, and Lowe’s, in hope that something would come together in the two hours I had before the party started.

At the thrift store, I saw a pink nightgown that might have worked for the original Cindy Lou Who, but kept to my plan of the real-life character. I grabbed a red fleece blanket (actually, a Delta airline blanket) for $0.95 and figured that would work for a cape. Then I went to Lowe’s and grabbed some wire for my hair. Finally, at Hancock Fabric I bought (way too much) fuzzy white fabric and some styrofoam balls.

When I got home, I wrapped the blanket around me and crossed my fingers that it would work as a cape, and wouldn’t be too bulky. Surprisingly, it was perfect! I just had to trim a little off the bottom. Then, I cut a strip of the white fuzzy material and hot glued it to the bottom edge. Voila! A Christmassy cape!

I threw on a black dress I owned and my striped socks I bought for last year’s Christmas run.

IMG_4895Then, it was hair time. I started with a pony tail on top. I knew I wanted to put the styrofoam ball in the pony to add structure, and I was a little worried that with my shorter, fine hair it wouldn’t work, but it actually worked!


This was a good start, but it wasn’t quite right yet. I wanted to go higher, but how would I get there? Another styrofoam ball was too big for the remaining hair. Then, I got a bright idea.

IMG_0311My cats have plastic toy balls with bells inside that they play with all of the time. They were the perfect size for the amount of hair I had left. So, I covered it with hair and then secured it on top with a hair tie. Unfortunately, the top ball kept flopping over, so I grabbed a piece of wire and stuck it through the openings in the ball and into the styrofoam. The added jingle whenever I moved my head made the ‘do. Perfection!

I added some pigtails, a few bows, a butt load of hair spray, sparkly makeup, and I was good to go!


I didn’t get a great picture of the whole ensemble, but here’s the best I have:

IMG_0300Once I started putting together the costume, I really got into it! I was actually quite fun! It was even more fun to see what my friends had come up with:

IMG_0273Cousin Eddie from Christmas Vacation and a Christmas present!

IMG_0305Frosty the Snowman!

And my favorite, the Starbucks Red Cup!


The costumes weren’t the best part of the night though. We surprised Mary and Marcus with an awesome gift for Baby Baum.


What a fun night! It was a fantastic way to spend a Friday night with my favorite people!

(And for some more fun pics, check out Meghann’s blog!)





4 responses

23 12 2013

So much fun! I think you did a great job. Can’t wait for more costumes from you πŸ™‚

25 12 2013

I will need your help Court! Thanks for the ideas!

25 12 2013
Lauren @ The Thinking Closet

I love that you and your friends had a “Favorite Christmas character” costume party! And your costume is the bee’s knees, Steph! I’m so impressed by your hair! It looks AMAZING. Hope you have a very Merry Christmas, friend!

25 12 2013

Aw thanks Laur! Have a very merry Christmas too!!

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