DIY Death Costume for Free Comic Book Day

Last year was my first time attending Free Comic Book Day.  I quickly read my comics, and wanted more.  My partner, Ty, is really into comics and he suggested I read Death by Neil Gaiman as my first.  As you might have guessed, I loved it!  Death is a beautiful character, she’s got so much heart, is so chipper, and as she would say, is peachy keen.

When I attended Free Comic Book Day last year I dressed up as Harley Quinn, which was exciting because now I had two holidays during the year where I could dress up in costume.  After I read Death I had already decided on my costume for this year.  Here’s my take on Death (the character).

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The Outfit
Luckily, Death is a pretty basic dresser, and I have a lot of pieces she owns.  Since Death’s wardrobe consists of only black clothes, you could get away with just about any black outfit.  I found that I had every piece of one of her outfits and I chose to mask that one.  To entirely pull off Death, you need to have an Ankh, her signature piece.  Long ago, I actually made one for myself, and you can get one in my shop here.


Death’s hair is black, and mine is purple.  As someone who has tried every way of temporarily coloring their hair, I knew how to pull it off.  I did it by doing the hair chalk method Kandee Johnson‘s way.  This is the method I use the most to temporarily color my hair as it produces bright colors, works well on dark hair, is budget friendly, and comes out within one or two washes.  You can find the video explaining this method here.  I only did the top part of my hair, because the chalk can get on your clothes or your skin.

For makeup, I covered my face the way I normally do, with moisturizer, powder, and blush.  Then, I put a nude color on my eyes, a nude lip liner around my lips, and put on some clear lip balm for moisture.  Next, using a liquid liner(I love my pencil liner/liquid liner pen), I tried to follow a You Tube video for doing my eye makeup, and when my line game proved sad as usual I just filled in the corners of my eye with liner.  In addition to her Ankh, Death has a signature swirl under her eye.  To create this I used a picture of her I found online and drew the swirl very carefully with liquid eyeliner, keeping in mind I was using a mirror.  For my lips, I didn’t want to buy any black lipstick so instead I put on some dark purple lipstick, dabbed some black eye shadow on, and put clear lip gloss over it.

I’ll be spending this Free Comic Book Day at my parents this year, so I’m definitely going to bring my little brother with me, and this will be his first time attending.  I’m crossing my fingers they’ll have a copy of Sandman: Volume 2 so I can continue the series.

Any other Death fans in the house?
Are you dressing up for Free Comic Book Day?
Comment below : )

☮ Madison

DIY Hemp Jewelry Display and Storage

I would have to say necklaces are my favorite accessory and that being said, I have accumulated many over the years.  So when I moved into my last place I wanted something aesthetically pleasing that would also allow me access to all of my necklaces in the most affordable way possible.  With a ball of hemp, some screw eyes, and a helpful creative friend we set to work.

Now, in a new place with walls to fill up, I’m excited to be able to make it again and share the process!

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> Hemp – 9 pieces, each 30 inches, thinner hemp works better

> Screw Eyes – 6
> Clothespins
> Scissors (ones I used & cost effective option)
> Pencil (optional)

Step one: Position your hooks
– Measure your wall
– Decide how far in, how long, and the amount of distance vertically apart you want your rows to be
Since my wall is 40 inches long, I decided I wanted to position my rows 7 inches from the edge of the walls, leaving me a 26 inch row.  Then, using a pencil, I made a small x where I wanted each screw to be.  Vertically, I marked spots 6 inches apart.  If you have the space (or height to reach) I recommend having your screw eyes 8-10 inches apart.

Step two: Insert your hooks
It helps to nail a small hole, then twist the hooks in manually

Step 3: Secure hemp to hook
-Tie a knot using three pieces of hemp
-Tie a knot using two of the loose strings from the first knot

Step 4: Braid hemp loosely using a traditional braid
-All of the string may not be used
-Braid until your preferred length, I like mine to droop a little

Step 5: Secure hemp to opposite side
-Use the same method in Step 3

Step 6: Repeat steps 3-5 on the other rows

Step 7: Use scissors to trim excess string

Step 8: Hang jewelry with clothespins

That’s it! I like to put anything I can on mine, including necklaces, headbands, bracelets, arm and leg chains, gypsy crowns, bows, and name tags.

If you decide to create one, I’d love to see what you come up with.  Share with #canievendiy over on instagram : )
Questions or speculations? Leave a comment!

☮ Madison