Published on February 11, 2022 | Last Updated on February 11, 2022
Girls don’t need to live like a princess to be a princess. In fact, it’s really easy to let down your long hair and transform into a princess without needing to go to the ball or lose a shoe. As being a princess has always been in style and so many little girls dream jobs when grown up, it’s a classic costume to wear for any princess party or Halloween party.
To make choosing your costume, design, and accessories all the easier, here are 11 princess costumes for children and 11 for adults. These 22 Do-It-Yourself princess costume ideas will help anyone become the queen (or princess) of the party.
This adorable tutu dress is easy to make with little hassle and just a few materials… You just need some pink tulle, a bit of white tulle, a crocheted headband or tutu top, scissors, ribbon, and small clear rubber bands. The best part about this costume is that it’s no-sew which makes it miles easier to put together in the first place and fix (if it falls apart when the princess is running around). Just be sure to add a crown for the cherry on top!
There is said to be beauty in simplicity and this costume is no different. Princesses dressing up as Cinderella don’t need giant, extravagant ball gowns or very high heels to lose during the party. Instead, they simply need three things that might be in your closet already: a light blue dress (short or long), a black velvet ribbon choker necklace, and a tiara. The best part of this costume is how easy it is to put together and reuse since the blue dress and choker can be used in other, everyday outfits and the tiara can be reused for so many costumes to come.
Who wants to be a Pretty Purple Princess (or any color you want!)? With this princess costume, it’s not super challenging to be just that! That said, this costume does take more time, materials, and patience to put together than some of the others on this list considering the shirt requires gluing on gemstones and/or sequins. So keep that in mind if you’re short on time. However, that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth the time and effort. With a tulle skirt and beautifully designed top, this dress is sure to make any girl happy.
Sometimes the harder things in life are worth it. This dress is more complicated in design and time-consuming, but if your little ones love Snow White, then it’s definitely worth the effort! This DIY dress isn’t for the faint of heart or the easily frustrated. That said, there won’t be any need to ask “Magic mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?”. Additionally, if you have little boys, too, they can go as dwarves to make it a family costume. If you’re up for putting it together, just don’t forget to top off the costume with a red, gleaming apple!
If you want your girl to have a whale of a time under the deep, blue sea, this is a great costume! While this mermaid princess costume isn’t complicated in design, it could be tedious in putting it together and time-consuming, so make sure to plan for that. This costume is great because the “scales” on the fin don’t have to necessarily be green (so they can be your girl’s favorite color) and a lot of the accessories can be customized to fit whatever vibe you’re swimming at! Plus, the dress underneath can be reused for future, everyday use which makes this costume a great bargain.
Last-minute costumes aren’t synonymous with looking bad or badly put-together costumes. In fact, this tutu, no-sew princess costume is really easy to put together. All you need are blue and white glitter tulle, silver glitter iron-on, cricut, elastic, a white long-sleeve shirt, and a blue cami. Because the design is rather basic, it’s easy to dress up the costume with a wand, accessories in the side-braided hair, or a crown to top it off. Plus, with the long-sleeved shirt, you’re sure this princess won’t get frozen (even in cold weather) at her frozen birthday party.
There’s no horsing around with this pair of DIY princess costumes and it’s the perfect set for sisters or best friends who want to match up their costumes together. As these costumes require long-sleeve shirts and leggings, it’s easy to reuse these for other costumes or everyday use, too. Plus, considering the majority is tulle and felt, they are relatively inexpensive options which is great if you’re crafting for two. The best part of these costumes? The fun unicorn headbands with tiny, glittery ears.
Don’t get tangled up in stress trying to make a costume because this Rapunzel costume is sure to be a hit. Just make sure you feel comfortable sewing together the costume as the material needs to be sewn together. This costume is really grand because it’s easy to accessorize and it will look beautiful with a long side braid, flowers in the hair, a tiara, and lots of lace on the edges of the dress. “That’s the funny thing about birthdays, they’re kind of an annual thing,” according to Rapunzel. So, if your little girl is like this princess in that she has a birthday every year, why not let down her long hair and try it out for a great princess birthday party?
When it comes to kids, the fewer bells and whistles to deal with, probably the better. This DIY generic princess costume doesn’t have buttons, zippers, or collars which makes it a pull-on dress that is easy to get on and off – perfect for playdates! Plus, you might already have the supplies in your house: poster board, fabric, gems/sequins, glue, and velcro. Any girl can transform into a crown princess with this easy DIY outfit.
If you want your girl to light up the room, this princess costume will be great fun – literally. This costume idea is great if you already have another princess dress and want to add an extra glow to the outfit. It requires LEDs and would be fantastic for trick-or-treating on Halloween considering it’s hard to miss a light-up princess walking down the block. Another cool aspect of this is that you can grab a white dress, use your daughter’s favorite colored LEDs, and light up her world with her favorite color. This dress would be great as a fairy costume idea, too.
It doesn’t always come to mind when we think of princesses, but the majority of Disney princesses wear capes. You just need some fabric and a sewing machine. Although, if you’re not a fan of sewing and want to esCAPE using the machine, there are tricks to do that, too. Plus, a cape adds an extra pizazz to any costume with new colors, a hood piece, and design options such as ruffles. In fact, any cape is bound to be a hit at fairy parties, too!
Unlike the cape which ends at the waist or mid-thigh, this cloak falls below the knee or goes all the way to the ground. It’s great to protect any princess from some bad weather, too. This cloak in particular is great for princesses who might go for a darker color type of style and look. If you’re comfortable with sewing, this cloak is a great addition to your DIY princess outfit.
If you’re looking to represent a feminist-style princess, this Merida costume might be just what you need. Not only is it stylish, but it’s on-point and accurate in design with comparison to the attire the princess sports in the movie. While the dress itself could be enough, why stop there? It’s easy to take this princess costume to the next level by topping it off with an archery bow, some red hair, and curls. Plus, of course, an archery contest with any potential suitors.
Who’s to say that little girls are the only ones who can party under the sea? Try throwing a mermaid costume party with your fellow fin-friends and come dressed as the Princess of the Sea. This Little Mermaid costume is great because at least half of it is reusable on a daily basis with the white t-shirt and yellow purse parts and the red wig and teal skirt could be used for a variety of events.
There’s something about wearing a heavy, weighted dress that makes a girl feel beautiful and powerful. This Grand Duchess Anastasia princess costume is heavy on the skirt with seven-nine layers of fabric petticoat above the hoop skirt/cage giving anyone who wears it that powerful, beautiful sentiment. Although it does take quite some time to put together, the extravagance and elegance of this princess costume design are stellar and will blow away everyone in any event.
Sexy yet classy – that’s Belle’s style in this princess costume giddup. Using everyday material such as a blue dress/skirt, a white button-up shirt, black shoes, and books and/or a wicker basket, this costume is chalked full of reusable items that it’s a bargain to make. Plus, once the apron and hair bow are done, you can use them daily, too! This princess costume will definitely make you the belle of the ball.
Elegant and modest, yet silky and lacy – that’s exactly the vibe and feel this Disney Cinderella princess costume gives. Made from a cotton underlay with a taffeta overlay and a lacy bodice on top, this costume is just as easily made with a sewing machine as it is sewn by hand. Another perk is that, especially if you’re not stellar at dewing, there isn’t much sewing required, and what is necessary to sew is relatively straightforward and easy. So if you like this costume and the shoe fits, wear it!
Who wouldn’t want to dress as a strong, independent female who has a tiger as a pet? Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for Jasmine costumes to be more suggestive than some women are comfortable with wearing. This Jasmine princess costume is modest in dress and easy to put together with the base items being: top, pants, shoes and a wig (pet tiger optional). To stick with the theme of an Indian princess, you could throw a princess tea party and give your princess friends some amazing chai tea to sip on, too.
Snow White is so elegant in character as she is in costume. However, just as every person is different in character, they are in costume. This list of ideas gives some fantastic variations and thoughts on “princessing” whether you’re Snow White – which is what these ideas are based on – or dressing as any royal heiress. The ideas range from office-appropriate designs to hairbands to makeup. Plus, if you feel like running a marathon as Snow White, look no further than here. If you’re looking to stay healthy and dress adorably at your next costume party, remember: an apple a day keeps the doctor away, right?
One of the best things about costume design is that there are so many variations to do it. With Mulan, you can range from “being a man” like Ping to the “dark side of the moon” to reflecting on what being a princess means. Regardless of what style of Mulan you decide to go with, this article emphasizes the important parts of any Mulan princess costume and how to put them together. The parts being: the dress itself, a belt, a cage, a medallion, flowers in the hair, a fan, and some charms.
While Mama Odie says in the Princess and the Frog, “the only thing important is what’s under the skin”, this Princess Tiana costume design will definitely make you feel like a true princess over the skin, too, with its long skirt, beautiful accessories, and sparkly green shoes. It’s hard for this rockin’ dress to be anything but absolutely fantastic for any party. Plus, this design comes with the link for a Prince Naveen costume design, too, for a couples costume. With enough time and good effort, this dress will be a hit. After all, as Princess Tiana says, “What you give is what you get.”
If you’re late, you’re late, for a very important date, it won’t matter if you’re mad as a hatter because these +20 ideas for an Alice in Wonderland-based costume will help you put together a stunning costume that will make everyone in the land wonder where you got it. Some of the more prominent ideas from the site involve some aprons, some cards (of course), and some top-of-the-line top hats. Another great aspect of this list is you won’t have to go down a rabbit hole of costume ideas before finding the Alice costume that works for you.
Time to save the best for last… In fact, this costume might be the easiest and cheapest costume in this entire princess costume idea list. The best part is that all you need are items from your closet and a deck of cards. Essentially, just a red or black dress, some snazzy shoes, and make a collar of cards that go around the neck. Whether you’re aiming to be the Queen of Hearts or the Queen of the party, this costume will get you both.
Conclusion – Regardless of which princess you or your girl want to dress up as it’s important to know how to do it. This list of 22 DIY princess costumes ideas for children and adults helps make life easier and prettier with a myriad of costume designs and accessory ideas. Plus, if you’re a sewing and costume guru, it’s not too difficult to change the sizing down from women’s to girls’ or make any of the girl’s costumes bigger to fit a full-grown woman. Come what may (some Mulan soundtrack, anyone?), these costumes are sure to make anyone the Queen Bee of the night.