3 DIY Halloween Hairstyles to Wig Out Over

These wigs are cheap, easy and oh-so-cute. Let's just say we're hair for it.

3 DIY Wigs
Loading Video...

Related To:

Halloween is upon us, and that means scary-good treats, jack-o-lanterns galore and arguably the most fun part: costumes. If you’re anything like me, a store-bought ensemble simply won’t do, but you also want to dress to impress (and save a little cash while you’re at it).

So, while you’re busy assembling the perfect outfit, let us show you how to execute the icing on the cake, the pièce de résistance, your crowning achievement! Ahem, you get the point. We’re talking wigs, people.

Troll

Photo by: Sarah Busby

Sarah Busby

We’ll start with everyone’s favorite magical songstress: the troll. And we all know that a troll just isn’t a troll without its signature tall tuft of hair. Our secret for achieving the electrified locks? A balloon!

Cut + Tuck

Start by cutting long strips of tulle. Ours are about 12 inches wide and 30 inches long, but it doesn’t have to be precise. Using a stretchy woven headband, simply tuck one end through a hole near the bottom of the band until it feels secure. This will hold the tulle in place as well as create cute bangs for your troll look. Continue this all the way around the headband.

Fill It Up

Once you finish tucking your strips, tie them off with another small piece of tulle near the top of the hair. Zhuzh to desired fluffiness. Next, add weightless volume with a matching balloon, adjusting the tulle as needed to disguise it.

Add Embellishments

Finally, use felt and hot glue to add fun accents. We chose a simple green headband, but the options are endless!

Get Poppin'

Clown

Photo by: Sarah Busby

Sarah Busby

Ah, the simple pom-pom. So easy to make, and they can be used for a myriad of projects. Take this colorful clown for example. With just a few colors of yarn and an hour of mindless (read: tv-watching) pom-pom making, you have yourself a statement-making wig any clown would be lucky to squirt seltzer water into.

Create Pom-Poms

Cut a piece of cardboard about two inches wide. Wrap the yarn around the cardboard 100 times, then remove. Tie across the middle with another piece of yarn and cut each loop to create a fluffy pom-pom. We used approximately 30 pom-poms.

Make Wig Base

Tie the legs on an old pair of tights and trim off the excess. Use a foam head form to make the next steps a breeze.

Add Color

Now, simply hot glue each pom-pom to the tights in the color pattern of your choice. But be warned, the heat from the glue will likely transfer through to the foam, so remove the wig slowly in order to keep the foam from breaking off.

Clown Around

Princess

Photo by: Sarah Busby

Sarah Busby

You don’t have to have long locks of golden tresses to be this pretty, pretty princess for Halloween. A few skeins of varying yellow yarn should do the trick!

Attach Yarn

To begin, cut several strings of yarn to about 80 inches. Then create another hat made from tights as outlined in the clown wig tutorial. A color similar to the yarn will work best in case any shows through. Starting from the front, add short strips of hot glue, attaching five-to-seven strands of yarn at a time. Be sure the yarn is glued at the center of each strand and do your best to keep it tangle free as you go.

Create Texture

Continue to add hair until it begins to fall straight down at the back of the head. Tie off the yarn at the base of the neck. Next, glue two twists at the front of the head to add texture and a subtle part. Tie those back with the rest of the hair.

Braid + Crown

Braid your golden mane and tie off with more yarn. Add a pretty paper tiara just above the twists for a regal touch.

Let Down Your Hair

Next Up

Our Best Pumpkin-Carving Tips and Tools

Browse our tips for selecting the right tools, carving, preserving and illuminating a Halloween pumpkin.

Halloween Party Magic: Make a Wicked Wine Cauldron + Ghostly Garnishes

Channel your inner spellcaster to magic up a wine-dispensing cauldron along with tastefully terrifying (and delicious!) liqueur-soaked fruit garnishes.

10 Fun Ways to Treat Your Favorite Pup This Halloween

Halloween isn't just for humans! Show your four-legged best friend some love with these festive dog treats, toys, accessories and costumes.

How to Make Halloween Tombstones From Upcycled Styrofoam

Upgrade your outdoor Halloween decor and create a creepy graveyard scene with this easy-to-make Styrofoam tombstone complete with custom epitaphs.

How to Make a Life-Size Halloween Ghost

Create a life-size ghost for Halloween using cheesecloth and other inexpensive items. Hang it from a tree or place it on your front porch so passersby will shake in their boots.

40+ Last-Minute Halloween Costumes You Can Order Online

Are the holidays sneaking up on you? We've got you covered for the first one to hit the scene — Halloween — with costumes you can get delivered to your home in a matter of days.

Make This Easy-to-Sew Spider Hand Puppet for Halloween

No sewing machine is required for this darling spider hand puppet!

20 Best Halloween Countdown Calendars

The countdown to Halloween is on! Start a fun new tradition with these festive calendars.

25 Best Pop Culture Halloween Costume Ideas for 2023

Make an entrance (and earn a lot of laughs) with these Halloween costumes inspired by Barbie, The Little Mermaid, Ted Lasso, Taylor Swift, boy bands, TikTok trends and other iconic 2023 moments.

Halloween Pet Costume: Court Jester

This Halloween honor your pet's inner clown with an easy-to-sew felt jester costume. Our free printable templates make stitching up this playful costume a snap.

More from:

Halloween Ideas

Go Shopping

Get product recommendations from HGTV editors, plus can’t-miss sales and deals.

On TV

My Lottery Dream Home

10:30am | 9:30c

My Lottery Dream Home

11:30am | 10:30c

Bargain Block

1pm | 12c

House Hunters

7:30pm | 6:30c
On Tonight
On Tonight

House Hunters

8pm | 7c

House Hunters

8:30pm | 7:30c

House Hunters

9:30pm | 8:30c

House Hunters

10pm | 9c

House Hunters

10:30pm | 9:30c

House Hunters

11pm | 10c

House Hunters

11:30pm | 10:30c

House Hunters

12am | 11c

House Hunters

12:30am | 11:30c

House Hunters

1am | 12c

House Hunters

1:30am | 12:30c

House Hunters

2:30am | 1:30c

House Hunters

3:30am | 2:30c

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.