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Easy Animal Costumes for Infants and Up

Copyright 2000, Amanda Formaro
http://familycorner.com

Children look so cute dressed as fuzzy and furry creatures. Especially
with whiskers painted on their chubby little cheeks! Here are some fun
animal costumes that are perfect for infants and toddlers, as well as
children of all ages.

Note: For all of the costumes below, use our make up recipe (
http://www.thefamilycorner.com/cgi-bin/dir/jump.cgi?ID=4467 ) and paint on a cute nose and whiskers! Almost any animal costume can be made with a little imagination and a sweat suit!

Sheep

white hooded sweat suit
cotton batting or stuffing from a pillow
white or black felt triangles for ears
double sided tape
two pairs of white or black socks

Apply strips of double sided tape up and down the sweat suit. Attach
cotton batting in clumps by pressing onto the tape. For the ears, cut
two triangles from either black of white felt. Either hand sew or hot
glue onto the hood. Keep in mind that hand sewing will make the ears
easily removable so you can reuse the sweat suit after Halloween! Have child wear one pair of white socks on his hands and one pair on his feet (use black socks if you used black felt for the ears).


Skunk

black hooded sweat suit
white faux fur
fabric glue
black felt
2 pairs black socks
double sided tape
black fabric

Cut the faux fur into a long strip and adhere it on the hood and down
the back of the sweat jacket with strips of double sided tape. Cut a
small oval shape for the tummy area and adhere that with fabric glue.
For the ears, cut two triangles from black felt. Either hand sew or hot
glue onto the hood. Keep in mind that hand sewing will make the ears
easily removable so you can reuse the sweat suit after Halloween! Have child wear one pair of black socks on his hands and one pair on his feet.


Bunny

pink, brown, or white hooded sweat suit
powder puff or large pompom or a handful of cotton balls
double sided tape
white pantyhose
wire c
oat hanger
plastic headband
two pairs of socks to match suit color
plastic or real carrot

Attach powder puff, pompom, or cotton balls to back of sweat pants using double sided tape. Bend the coat hanger into the shape of two long bunny ears. Gently stretch the panty hose over the ears and attach to plastic headband. Carry a carrot!


Turtle

green sweat suit (hooded is optional)
2 piece green or light brown poster board
scissors
craft paint or thick markers
hot glue

Cut one piece of the poster board into a large oval shell. Draw large
wobbly circles on shell. Go over outline with markers or paint to
accentuate. Cut two long, fairly thick strips (between one and two
inches depending on the size of the child) from the second piece of
poster board the full length of the board. Using hot glue, attach these
strips to the top of the back side of the shell, then run over child's
shoulders as straps. Hot glue straps in place. Leave enough room for "give" so child can move his/her arms without tearing or breaking the straps.


Puppy

brown, tan, gray, black or white hooded sweat suit
Fabric circles in a contrasting color (i.e. white suit, brown spots,
etc.)
2 sheets of felt in color matching sweat suit
scissors
double sided tape
2 pairs of socks in color matching sweat suit
dog collar or belt cut to size (optional)


Using small pieces of double sided tape, attach fabric circles to sweat suit in various different areas. Cut two floppy ears from 1 sheet of the felt and either hand sew or hot glue onto the hood. Keep in mind that hand sewing will make the ears easily removable so you can reuse the sweat suit after Halloween! Cut a long tail from the second sheet of felt and attach to the back of the pants with a safety pin. Have child wear one pair of socks on her hands and one pair on her feet. Top off with a dog collar or a belt cut short to serve as a collar.


Cat

gold, brown, tan, black, gray or white hooded sweat suit
faux fur in color matching sweat suit
fabric glue
felt in color matching sweat suit
plastic headband
scissors
2 pairs of socks in color matching sweat suit
dog collar or belt cut to size (optional)

If desired, use black marker to draw stripes on sweat suit. Cut two
triangles for ears and hot glue to the headband. Cut a small oval shape
from the faux fur for the tummy area and adhere that with fabric glue.
Next make cuffs and a collar. Use the cuffs on the sweatshirt as a guide for how wide and long you need to cut the faux fur strips. Attach the strips to the sweatshirt using fabric glue. Cut a long tail from the
remaining felt and attach to the back of the pants with a safety pin.
Have child wear one pair of socks on her hands and one pair on her feet. Top off with a dog collar or a belt cut short to serve as a collar.


Spider/Bug

black hooded sweat suit
2 pairs of black socks
4 pair of black tube socks, nylon or polyester
cotton batting

Stuff the tube socks with cotton batting to make the spider's legs. Sew
or pin the eight legs to the sides of the black outfit. Have child wear
one pair of black socks on his hands and one pair on his feet.

Note for infants: When your baby crawls, the legs flop up and down on
the ground, making it look like a spider crawling across the floor.
Adorable!

Variation: To make a bug costume, use a green or brown (or any color you like) sweat suit and coordinating socks.

Spider Web

black hooded sweat suit
white fabric paint, squeeze bottle
medium sized fuzzy spider
black plastic headband
hot glue
small plastic spiders

With white fabric paint in a squeeze bottle, paint a big spider web on
the front and back of the black sweat suit. Paint a few smaller ones on
the pants. Hot glue the fuzzy spider to the plastic headband, allow to
dry. With two or three stitches, hand sew small plastic spiders to the
webs, don't forget the ones on the legs!


Tiger

yellow hooded sweat suit
black or brown fabric paint
yellow felt
2 pairs of black socks

Paint black or brown stripes on the sweat suit.  For the ears, cut two
triangles from felt. Either hand sew or hot glue onto the hood. Keep in
mind that hand sewing will make the ears easily removable so you can
reuse the sweat suit after Halloween! Cut a long tail from the remaining
felt and attach to the back of the pants with a safety pin. Have child
wear one pair of black socks on his hands and one pair on his feet.


Cow

white hooded sweat suit
black fabric marker or black fabric/felt circles
short piece of rope or 10-12 strands of black yarn, braided
dog collar or old belt cut to size
bell
2 pairs white socks

Draw black splotches onto sweat suit with a fabric marker or cut and sew on black felt or fabric circles or spots. Add a tail by unraveling one
end of the piece of rope and pinning the closed end to the back of the
pants. If using yarn, be sure to leave a section unbraided toward the
end of the tail. For the ears, cut two large triangles from felt. Either
hand sew or hot glue onto the hood (or a headband). Keep in mind that
hand sewing will make the ears easily removable so you can reuse the
sweat suit after Halloween! Use dog collar or an old belt and attach "cow bell" for the finishing touch. Have child wear one pair of black socks on his hands and one pair on his feet.


Pig

oversized pink hooded sweat suit
cotton batting or receiving blankets
pink felt
hot glue
long pink chenille stick
2 pairs of pink or white socks
plastic pig nose (optional)

For the ears, cut two triangles from felt. Either hand sew or hot glue
onto the hood. Keep in mind that hand sewing will make the ears easily removable so you can reuse the sweat suit after Halloween! Twist chenille stick into a corkscrew tail and attach with a safety pin. After child is dressed, stuff sweat suit with cotton batting or receiving blankets (anything soft that will not irritate skin).  Have child wear one pair of socks on her hands and one pair on her feet.


Dinosaur/Dragon

green hooded sweat suit
sheet of red felt
sheet of blue felt
sheet of purple felt
sheet of orange felt
two or three sheets of yellow felt
plastic grocery bags (for stuffing) or cotton batting
long piece of green felt or fabric to match suit
fabric glue

From the red, blue, purple and orange felt, cut triangular scales. Glue
to the front of the sweat jacket in overlapping scale pattern. From the
yellow sheets of felt, cut large triangles, roll into cone shapes, glue
together to form the cone. Allow to dry. Stuff cone shapes with plastic
bags or cotton batting and glue to the back of the suit for spikes. Make
smaller versions of the yellow cones for the hood. Add a large pointy
tail on the back hem made from long piece of felt or fabric. Hand sew on to back of pants or bottom of jacket.


Mouse

gray hooded sweat suit
gray felt
double sided tape
2 pairs of gray or black socks


Cut two circles for ears from the felt and either hand sew or hot glue
onto the hood. Use may alternatively use a headband. Keep in mind that hand sewing will make the ears easily removable so you can reuse the sweat suit after Halloween! Cut a long tail from the second sheet of felt and attach to the back of the pants with a safety pin. Have child wear one pair of socks on her hands and one pair on her feet.


Ladybug

red hooded sweat suit
2 pieces red poster board
scissors
black craft paint or black marker
hot glue
2 black chenille sticks
red or black plastic headband
2 pairs of red or black socks

Cut one piece of the poster board into a large oval. Draw or paint black
circles onto oval.  Cut two long, fairly thick strips (between one and
two inches depending on the size of the child) from the second piece of
poster board the full length of the board. Using hot glue, attach these
strips to the top of the back side of the shell, then run over child's
shoulders as straps. Hot glue straps in place. Leave enough room for
"give" so child can move his/her arms without tearing or breaking the
straps. Wrap chenille sticks onto headband for antennas. Have child wear one pair of socks on her hands and one pair on her feet.


Bear

brown hooded sweat suit
brown felt
double sided tape
2 pairs of brown or black socks
oversized plastic margarine tub
blue construction paper or craft paint
black marker

Cut two circles for ears from the felt and either hand sew or hot glue
onto the hood. You may alternatively use a headband. Keep in mind that hand sewing will make the ears easily removable so you can reuse the sweat suit after Halloween!  Have child wear one pair of socks on her hands and one pair on her feet. Paint or glue construction paper around margarine tub. using black market, write the word "HONEY" across the front.


Butterfly

black hooded sweat suit
2 black chenille sticks
black plastic headband
poster board, any color except black
fluorescent craft paint, different colors
sequins
glitter
craft glue
pair of long boot laces
2 pairs of black socks

Cut poster board in half, with scissors shape each half as a wing of
butterfly. Being sure to leave enough room for a border around the wing,
paint wings with fluorescent paints in different shapes and patterns.
Paint a black border around edge of wings. Add sequins and glitter to
the border. Poke a hole at the top inside seam of each wing, and at the
bottom inside seam. Run boot laces through and criss cross over child's body and tie.  Wrap chenille sticks onto headband for antennas. Have child wear one pair of socks on her hands and one pair on her feet.



BIO:
Amanda Formaro is the entrepreneurial mother of four children. She and her husband live in southeastern Wisconsin. She is also the owner of FamilyCorner.com Magazine. Subscribe to her free holiday newsletter,Family Holidays, by sending any email message to
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