Hi everyone, I hope you are all doing wonderful 😀 A few days ago it was Carnival, which we Italians celebrate in February every year by dressing up ( a bit like Americans do at Halloween 😄) and eating traditional food. I have decided to make a lovely Aphrodite costume for this Carnival💞 I also made an adorable Cupid costume for my son Joel which turned out pretty great, you can see the pictures below!
To create this Aphrodite outfit, I have used a beautiful Primark sundress which I have already advertised in my Instagram’s post, go have a look if it slipped your mind 😉: https://www.instagram.com/p/CDTxJr2FiIu/?igshid=1aavxqnkzko2l .
This sundress actually has buttons on the front so I decided to wear it backwards to create the simple Greek tunic and it actually turned out pretty great even worn backwards with a horizontal neckline on the front and instead the v-neck and bow on the back. It was exactly the simple and elegant Greek goddess look I was looking for🙂
I added the cute Tuclothing belt that you can see in the picture below to highlight the waist just like Greek women used to do. (I made the buckle 😉).
To create the beautiful clock that Greek women used to wear during winter, I have used a super soft pale pink silk scarf from TKMaxxUK which did the job perfectly. To transform it into a cloak I simply opened it fully and put it on my shoulders and fastened it to the shoulder straps with two clips, which I then hid under the cloak’s fabric itself. I then tied the extremities to my fingers like women used to do in ancient Greece and I hid the other endings of the scarf by using some more clips of a beige colour. You can actually see some of the beige clips on the left side of the cloak in the picture below because I couldn’t hid all of them but I actually like to see them: they created a cute detail at the two ends of the cloak that looks a bit like an embroidery 🙂
Since I didn’t have any sandals at hand because of the season, I have created some by using a pair of flipflops I already had and covering them with some pink waterproof fabric to create the parts that cover the heels. I then sewed a pair of pale pink ribbons to the fabric to create a small bow around the ankles. I took inspiration from some pictures of ancient statues of Venus/Aphrodite where I saw she was wearing a very light pair of sandals which actually looked more like a pair of flipflops with the addiction of a strap on the ankles 😊
I also had lots of fun creating the accessories: for the hair accessories I decorated some hair grips with leaves and flowers. I have also used gold glitters to create a sparkling effect. For the hairstyle I took inspiration from a famous Aphrodite painting where she had the hair tied in two pigtails with some locks of hair falling loose on the forehead. I used two elastics to tie the hair and then added two white ribbons just like the painting.
Since I have read that Aphrodite was born from the sea, I have decided to create a necklace with some seashells. I made the shells myself and added some gold beads to give that glittering touch, typical of ancient Greek and Roman jewelry. I have used a blue thread to recall the colour of the sea. It wasn’t easy to make as the shells turned out to be pretty heavy and tended to fall down but in the end I managed to secure them to the thread. Actually I’m pretty happy with the result, I love how the white of the shells match the blue and the gold. And I think these colours really bring out the soul of this character who seems to be only one with the sea🙂 You can see better this beautiful necklace in the picture below 🌸
I have also created two wristbands using leaves, modeling paste, gold glitter, paint and gold paper I took inspiration from some pictures of ancient Greek and Roman jewels and I enjoyed trying to recreate some of these😊 I have also created a cute Carnival Aphrodite mask by using some cardboard, leaves, flowers, beads and glitters.
I hope you liked this Aphrodite costume, it was really fun to make🙂 For my son I created an adorable Cupid costume by using a cotton pillow cover secured on the shoulder with a pin. Then I made all the accessories myself. I have created the wings with carboard, white paper, feathers and silver glitters; the crown with gold paper, flowers, leaves and gold glitters; the wristband with gold paper and beads; the bow with plastic, gold paper and an elastic; the arrows with wood and red carboard; the quiver with a kitchen roll, chocolate wrapping paper, gold paper and a blue ribbon. They were all very fun to make, the most difficult ones to create were the wings and the flower crown but I’m happy of how they turned out, they seem so realistic and sparkling, real Cupid style 🥰 To see more pictures of these beautiful costumes, have a look at the gallery below 😘
What did you think of these Aphrodite and Cupid outfits? Let me know in the comments below!
And if you celebrated Carnival too, do let me know how you dressed up and if you made your costume by yourself, do post a picture below😀 I’m curious to see your creations 😊
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