Homemade Cat Costume
Homemade Cat Costume
What you'll need:
- Dark turtleneck or sweatshirt hoodie
- Dark leggings
- Two dark socks or dark knit gloves
- Construction paper or fabric (to match color of turtleneck and leggings)
- Plastic headband
- Pencil (to draw cat ear patterns with)
- Tacky glue or hot glue gun
- Long socks
- Large safety pins
- Craft paint or markers, optional
- Face paints or makeup
How to make it:
- Draw cat ears on the cardboard. Cut out the ears. Cover with construction paper or fabric using glue. Attach the ears to the plastic headband. It might be helpful to have a bent "tab" built into the ears before gluing, so that they stay attached and perky!
- Make a tail out of stuffed long socks (sports socks from your husband work well) and safety pin them to the seat of the leggings. You can also sew a tube from the ear fabric, stuff it, and then attach it to the seat of the leggings .If you use white socks, you can use some old craft paint or markers to coordinate with the rest of the outfit.
- Use the two dark socks or the dark knit gloves for "paws."
- Draw cat whiskers on your child's face and color their nose dark.
- A hot glue gun works very well if you do not have craft glue. Please make sure the child is supervised by an adult, however, if a hot glue is used.
- If you're looking for ideas for girl costumes, keep an eye out at yard sales and consignment shops. They often have dresses or dance outfits that make great dress-up clothes, and can be utilized for all sorts of costumes.
- Be sure to keep the tail short enough to be safe for the child while he/she is trick-or-treating.
Use your creativity and imagination
The best thing about homemade costumes is there is no limits to what you can do. If you want a pink cat with purple polka dots, do it. If your little one wants to wear her princess crown and tutu while dressed with ears and a tail, then princess kitty away. This is only a basic suggestion and instruction. Feel free to improvise, add, take away when you feel the creative bug biting.
One thing I would suggest is, unless you are going to a Halloween party inside, don't use all black. All black plus trick or treating at night equals nothing good. Protect yourself or your kids and have some white or reflective pieces on their costume. I have done white socks and a white tipped tail with a reflective collar. Always remember, safety first. And second. And third.