As I’m sure you’re well aware, Halloween is next Monday, which means most parties will be this weekend. Last year I was invited to a Halloween party super last minute and had no idea what to dress up as. I must have read every “clever Halloween costumes” article on BuzzFeed but I couldn’t find anything I really liked. This year, I realized there are a ton of cute costumes that are super easy to make yourself! Today’s post is a collaboration with my friend, Fiona, of Preppy NYC! Fiona and I are each sharing a costume that you can easily make at home, so be sure to check out her post here!
I’ve created a cow costume, but with a few pattern adjustments (i.e. changing the shirt color, headband attachments, and felt shapes) this could easily be a rabbit, leopard, pig, giraffe, or just about any other animal with ears! Here’s what you’ll need:
- a big plain tee (can be purchased at Walmart or Target)
- felt (can be purchased at Michaels or Walmart)
- a plain headband (can be purchased at Walgreens, Walmart, Target, etc.)
- leggings/jeans (I think it’s safe to assume you probably already have at least one of these)
- safety pins or a hot glue gun (can be purchased at Walmart or Michaels)
- Converse (or another basic shoe to wear with your costume)
First you need to cut your shapes out of felt. I cut out black spots for my cow costume, but you might cut out a white belly for your rabbit costume. After you cut out an appropriate amount of shapes, attach them to your tee using safety pins or a hot glue gun. I used safety pins, and if you do so too I recommend pinning the shapes from the inside of your shirt to avoid showing the part where the pin fastens. Once you complete your shirt, it’s time to work on your headband! For the cow ears, I folded two pieces of white felt and cut an ear shape through the four layers at once. I attached these base ear shapes to the headband by putting the headband into the crease of the ear shape and safety-pinning the top and bottom of each ear (you could use a hot glue gun depending on your preference.) Then, I cut some smaller black felt spots and attached them to the ears with safety pins as well (again, you could use hot glue if you prefer.) If you chose to do another animal, say a rabbit, you might cut out pink ovals to attach to your grey ears. Now pair your tee and headband with leggings or jeans and some simple shoes and you’re set!
Thanks for reading! Don’t forget to check out Fiona’s post here for another fun costume idea!