Easy Animal Costumes for Infants and Up

February 12th, 2013 posted by Amanda Formaro

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 and paint on a cute nose and whiskers! Almost any animal costume can be made with a little imagination and a sweatsuit!

Sheep

white hooded sweatsuit 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 sweatsuit 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 sweatsuit 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 sweatsuit 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 sweatsuit powder puff or large pompom or a handful of cotton balls double sided tape white pantyhose wire coat 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 sweatsuit (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 posterboard 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 sweatsuit Fabric circles in a contrasting color (i.e. white suit, brown spots, etc.) 2 sheets of felt in color matching sweatsuit scissors double sided tape 2 pairs of socks in color matching sweatsuit dog collar or belt cut to size (optional) Using small pieces of double sided tape, attach fabric circles to sweatsuit 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 sweatsuit 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 sweatsuit faux fur in color matching sweatsuit fabric glue felt in color matching sweatsuit plastic headband scissors 2 pairs of socks in color matching sweatsuit dog collar or belt cut to size (optional) If desired, use black marker to draw stripes on sweatsuit. 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 sweatsuit 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) sweatsuit and coordinating socks.

Spider Web

black hooded sweatsuit 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 sweatsuit. 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 sweatsuit black or brown fabric paint yellow felt 2 pairs of black socks Paint black or brown stripes on the sweatsuit. 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 sweatsuit 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 sweatsuit 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 sweatsuit 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 sweatsuit 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 sweatsuit 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 sweatsuit after Halloween! Twist chenille stick into a corkscrew tail and attach with a safety pin. After child is dressed, stuff sweatsuit 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 sweatsuit 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 sweatsuit 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 sweatsuit 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 sweatsuit 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 posterboard 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 sweatsuit 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 sweatsuit 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 sweatsuit 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 posterboard 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.

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Amanda Formaro is a freelance writer, editor, craft designer, and recipe developer. She loves multi-tasking and has been writing and working on the Internet since 1997. You can find her at AmandaFormaro.com. You’ll find her craft projects at CraftsbyAmanda.com and her recipes on AmandasCookin.com.


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