Sunday, September 6, 2015

Tutorial: Princess Anna Cosplay

Hi everyone! It's been way too long since I posted, and what better way to come back than with a cosplay tutorial! Halloween is right around the corner, and Frozen isn't going away any time soon so today I am sharing with you how I made my Princess Anna costume. I wore this cosplay to Animation Celebration last year and this past January I fixed it up a bit and took some better photos of it! I hope you find this tutorial helpful!

In true GlitzyGeekGirl fashion - most of these pieces were found on Amazon. ;) I'm a "semi-homemade" kind of gal so I like to alter items. Here is what you'll need for Princess Anna:

Light blue turtle neck - Amazon - $25
Black v-neck tank - Amazon - $8
Royal blue skirt - Amazon - $35
(This is the same skirt I used for my Ariel Little Mermaid cosplay)
Petticoat - eBay - $11
Black boots - mine are from Walmart several years ago
Luthien Wig in Warm Light Brown - Arda Wigs - $40
Blonde hair clip in extension - Sally's Beauty Supply - $10
Olaf plushie - mine is a backpack from Zulily but you can get one on Amazon for $16
Cape - I bought mine secondhand from a Disney cosplay Facebook group, but here's a tutorial if you'd like to make your own!

So the first thing I worked on was the black tank top. I bought an X-Large so I had room to alter it. I trimmed the bottom to be more pointed and also changed the neckline a bit with a few small hand stitches. Then I painted a trim around the edges with gold paint.

To add the detail to Anna's shirt and skirt I used fabric pant and free-handed the designs. I also added some jewels to make it pop.


It was a little difficult to get this symmetrical. So I recommend taking your time and having a reference photo nearby. 

The skirt was easy to paint, but also time-consuming since it's so large. Thankfully, Pixie Kitty was a great helper.

I laid wax paper underneath the skirt so the paint wouldn't bleed through. Then I traced half a kitchen bowl to get the shape of the bottom design and filled it in with light blue paint.

The green and pink flowers were done with puff paint and jewels. My green paint was a little darker than my liking so if you can find a lighter green I'd recommend that.

My hair and makeup were my favorite things to do! The wig is very thick and didn't show any net in the back when I parted it. I clipped the blonde piece in near the top and made sure it was covered with a little bit of the brown hair. Then I simply braided it on both sides and used a light brown rubber band at the bottom. Anna's face is very rosy - so I gave myself pink cheeks and a few light brown freckles.

Here you can see my finished look! I'm wearing the petticoat underneath to give the skirt some fullness (but I did take out the hoop.) And if you'd like to paint your black boots with Anna's gold design you can - I didn't since you rarely see the boot anyway, and I use mine for other costumes. The cape was gorgeous - I would have liked to have made one myself, but I got lucky finding this one for sale on Facebook. Big thanks to April Miller for taking these pics!

Do you wanna build a snowman?

I like warm hugs, too, Olaf!

Elsa! You've set off an eternal winter!

Thank you so much for checking out this tutorial! I hope it helps! If you use it to make a costume for a convention or Halloween please be sure to send me a photo so I can see! And if you have any questions don't hesitate to ask.



  1. This is super cute I love your cosplay tutorials xoxo


  2. this is gorgeous! love the amazing detailing in the shirt <3
    *.* olaf is such a cute sidekick

  3. YAY! I have missed your cosplay posts. I can not believe how simple you made making an Anna costume look. So have the best tips and tricks. I feel like I might even be able to make this one. :)

  4. Your stuff is amazing. I saw the updates you made when you first started working on it! I love all your tips when you create things. Thanks for sharing.

  5. I love this costume. The skirt is very beautifully done!

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  7. Thank you so much for this tutorial! I'll be Anna with my friend as Elsa at a party and for Halloween! I was wondering how many bottles of paint you used though, especially the blue for the skirt. When I paint my skirt, it doesn't show up nicely like it does on yours so will I need more paint? Thank you so much! You make a lovely Anna!~♡ ^_^


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