Are you planning on participating wholeheartedly during the festivities of Mardi Gras in New Orleans? Then you might want to seriously consider getting with the program by going with a Mardi Gras costume on Fat Tuesday! So here are several attention grabbing Mardi Gras costume ideas that you can create quick, easily, and cheap!
A lot of the bars and clubs on Bourbon Street are equipped with blacklight UV lighting! Clubber Toys has a lot of UV reactive products such as face paint, hair gels and sprays, and even makeup such as mascara and lipstick that will light up in the clubs, and look colorful and festive out on the street! So for Mardi Gras, you can simply paint on a custom face mask of your own creation. And instead of a wig or hat, color your hair up with one of the UV reactive hair products for a thoroughly modern and hip homemade Mardi Gras costume!
Classic commedia masquerade type masks are common at Mardi Gras. You can use paper mache safely and easily to create your own custom homemade Mardi Gras costume! Paper Mache is easy to make! Just mix water and some white flour until it has a consistency that is a tad thinner than white glue, and then dab some strips of newspaper in the mixture and apply layers of the strips over a surface to create our mask! You can buy a neutral colored plastic half mask from just about any party supply or costume store as a base to get your mask started! Just cover the mask with some plastic wrap, and apply the strips for a few layers and let dry. The mask sand plastic wrap should peel right off, and then you can add more paper mache to add a big and/or long nose, pointy horns, whatever! And then you can even paint the mask with whatever color schemes you desire!
For clothing, something with alternating festive color patterns tends to be the most popular and common sight at Mardi Gras. This can be easily pulled off for a homemade Mardi Gras costume by purchasing a white outfit, such as a t-shirt and pants (Or a skirt), and coloring it by painting them with fabric paint. You can paint one half of the shirt and pants one color, and then do the other half with a different color. Or you can even create your own eclectic yet festive pattern!
Tips To Consider For Your Homemade Mardi Gras Costume:
– New Orleans can be warm and humid even in February! So plan your costume appropriately!
– The official colors for Mardi Gras are purple (Justice); green, (Faith); and gold (Power).