Antlers can be one of the most striking features of a character. Crafting a custom set of antlers for cosplay can be key to making your entire costume come together. Even more traditional antlers for cosplay can be impressive, like those adorning the Headdress of a Forsworn Briarheart. I find this process is fairly affordable, easy to do from an in-home workshop, and can be completed with the basic tools and materials you likely already have in your arsenal. These antlers also turn out extremely lightweight, and are easy to secure to headbands, helmets, and other armor pieces. Here is my reference photo:.
So two weeks before Halloween, I was racking my brain, trying to think of something relatively fast and easy that I could use or make for a costume. We had no money for buying large amounts of fabric, so sewing a whole outfit was out of the question. I also had to find something that would work with my short hair, which I had recently dyed red. Suddenly I remembered: one of my Facebook friends had done the most adorable and easy! The costume was mostly make-up based, and deer do have reddish hair, so, I thought, I should be able to make it work! After looking on Pinterest, I discovered that the most popular version of a deer costume and the one my FB friend did involves an elastic headband, looping sections of hair through it to mimic deer ears, and inserting sticks for antlers. No need to save it for Halloween, either.
Every Occtober I get so excited to get crafty and make a new Halloween costume homemade ones are always my favorite. Last year I gathered together sequins and seashells and made a mermaid. The year before I gather up a mountain of tulle and made a toothfairy costume.