Deco Mesh Tubing Monster Wig

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by Sarah DeGrandis A.C. Moore South Portland, ME

Deco Mesh Tubing Monster Wig

Deco Mesh Tubing is so colorful, versatile and fun to work with! This Medusa wig is clever and will jazz up any costume!

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:1-2 hours

Project Instructions

  • 1
    Hair: Cut the brim off of the painter’s cap and spray with lime green fabric paint, making sure to coat entirely. Let dry. (You can speed up the drying process by using a hair dryer)
  • 2
    Place the cap on the Styrofoam ball. Starting at the top of the cap with the lime green tubing, hot glue the end of the tubing to the hat.
  • 3
    Working in a spiral, place a drop of hot glue and then affix tubing. Only add glue every few inches or so – this will make it easier to add the snakes in later. Continue working around in a spiral until you have covered the top part of the hat and then cut the tubing. Tip: You can stick straight pins into the Styrofoam to hold the tubing in place while you work your way around the cap.
  • 4
    Try on the cap; using a pencil, trace along any area that covers your forehead. Cut that area of the cap out.
  • 5
    Place cap back on Styrofoam head or ball and figure out where you’d like the hair to part in the front. You will start on either side of your part. (If you want the part to swoop you will want the hairs on either side angled slightly. This will help prevent them from hanging straight down in front of the face).
  • 6
    To attach the pieces of hair – slightly lift up an un-glued area from the bottom row of the spiral, apply a dot of hot glue and then affix a 14 inch piece of tubing. The hair should now be sandwiched between the spiral and cap. Continue working around the cap until you meet the other side of your part.
  • 7
    Snakes: The length and number of the snakes is completely up to you. Make sure to factor in about an inch to the length of tubing that you cut for when you make the heads.
  • 8
    Cut the desired length of tubing for the snake. Starting at the top of the spiral and using the same gluing method for the hair, affix the tubing to the cap, anywhere you want a snake.
  • 9
    Cut a piece of floral wire slightly smaller than the tubing cut for the snake. Using the needle nose pliers bend loops at either end of the wire. This will help prevent the wire from poking through the tubing. Slide the wire into the tubing. Note: You can also do this on any pieces of the hair that were previously attached.
  • 10
    Bend the wire and tubing back onto itself about an inch from the end to form the head. Apply a dot of hot glue and then press the end of the tubing onto the “body” of the snake. Use tweezers to hold and pinch the head while the glue cools.
  • 11
    Hot glue two rhinestones onto head for the eyes.
  • 12
    Cut a small piece of red wire for the tongue. Fold in half over tubing and twist 3 – 4 times. Cut excess.
  • 13
    Using pliers open and attach a gold jump ring around the snakes “neck”.
  • 14
    Bend and twist snake into desired position.
  • 15
    Repeat steps 2- 8 until you have the desired number of snakes.
  • 16
    Styling Hair and Ribbon: The hair can be styled any way you’d like. If you like to leave it down, just trim any uneven pieces.
  • 17
    Grab any pieces of hair that don’t have snakes. With rubber bands, make ponytails moving back on either side of the cap, staying close to the head. Cut two pieces of ribbon and glue on, over the rubber bands.
  • 18
    Pull ponytails and any remaining hair into a low ponytail at the base of the head. (Still leaving out the snakes) Hold with rubber band, cut a piece of ribbon and glue on like above.
  • 19
    Cut a length of ribbon big enough to go along the top of the head for a head band. Attach with glue, tucking the ends along the inside of the side ponytails.
  • 20
    Trim any uneven pieces.

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:1-2 hours

Project Supplies

  • Nicole™ Crafts Painter’s Cap Cotton White 104216518
  •   Simply Spray® Green Apple 100386932
  •   Darice® Expressions Mesh Tubing 8mm x 20 yards Lime 104718754
  • Nicole™ Crafts Mesh Tubing 8mm x 20 yards Orange/Copper 104718758
  • Nicole™ Crafts Rhinestones 5MM Round Black 144 pcs.104240523
  •   Darice® Craft Wire 22 Gauge 10 yd Red 104587477
  • Nicole™ Crafts Jump Rings 7mm Gold 100 pcs. 104244293
  • American Crafts™ Ribbon Glitter Large 5/8 Solid Gold 104574600
  • Panacea™ Bright Stem Wire 18ga 18in 104456104
  • FloraCraft® Styrofoam® Ball 6 inch 104183647
  •   Rubber bands
  • Panacea™ Heavy Duty Wire Cutters 104455865
  • Tweezers
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Nicole™ Crafts Jumbo Wood Craft Sticks 20 pcs. 104149722
  • Nicole™ Crafts Dual Temperature Trigger Glue Gun 104180411
  • Nicole™ Crafts Eye Pins 1 inch Silver Plate 20 pcs. 104244133