Perhaps you want a truly unique costume for your pet this Halloween, or perhaps you just know you’ll wait until the night before and scramble to put a costume together. Either way, a DIY costume for your pet is a unique, fun and usually inexpensive way to get ready for Halloween. Here are a few ideas for how to make a DIY costume this year.
Last year, my Daisy was a daisy! To make a flower of any variety:
– Buy some felt in desired colors. It has more structure than most fabric, though as you’ll see in the photo below, it won’t “stand up”
– Cut a strip that is as long as your dogs collar when laid flat and a little more than twice its width
– Hot glue or sew the strip along the long edge into a tube (eventually you’ll slide this over the collar, so make sure you leave enough room)
– Cut “petals” out of felt and glue or sew them to your tube and enjoy!
2. Super hero
There’s a lot of options with this basic pattern: super hero, devil, vampire, grim reaper, etc. Have fun with it!
– Buy some fabric in desired color (black for BatDog or red for SuperDog for example)
– Cut the fabric into a trapezoidal shape, leaving a wide strip at the top to tie around the dog’s neck (see image). Alternatively you could create a “tube” to slip around the dog’s collar as in the Flower costume above
– Use markers, puffy paint or textile paint to draw your dog’s super hero emblem on the cape
This is a great costume for a pair of dogs (since dice typically come in pairs) but you could also take the basic shape and turn it into a lot of other costumes (juice box, box o’ wine, computer, etc.) Keep in mind this costume requires a dog that is comfortable getting dressed up as there is a lot of measuring and if not cut perfectly could be a little restrictive for the dog.
– Find a cardboard box that fits comfortably around your dog’s belly and roughly from its neck to its hind legs
– Cut off the bottom of the box and top of the box so your dog’s head and hind legs have a place to go
– Cut holes for the front legs in the bottom of the box. This will keep the box secure on the dog’s body so make sure your dog is comfortable
– Cut off enough of the bottom edge of the box to make sure your dog can pee and poop comfortably
– Paint (spray paint, acrylic paint, even markers all work well) the box for your desired costume