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How to Make a Hello Kitty Costume for Girls

Updated on December 30, 2012
Grace loved her 'homemade' Hello Kitty costume!
Grace loved her 'homemade' Hello Kitty costume! | Source

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It's kind of funny the things that we see as important when we are children. I remember that as a child we did not have much extra money so most of our Halloween costumes were 'put together' or homemade costumes. One year my sister begged my mom for a store bought costume. She just really wanted to have a 'cool' costume. It seems to me that nowadays, kids are looking for something that is a little different so that it stands out above the rest of the crowd. I have to admit that as a parent, I love the look of the homemade costumes, but have very little time to really make something that looks halfway decent. So I typically default to the store purchased costumes.

This year, we had a little problem. My daughter wanted to be Hello Kitty and I could not find a single costume that I deemed appropriate for a five year old. So as I continued to search for a costume, I also decided that I needed to come up with a Plan B, and the Plan B was a homemade costume.

Planning the Hello Kitty Costume

The first thing that I did was study many pictures of Hello Kitty. I was very careful to look at the kind of clothes that Hello Kitty wore, along with the color of her bow. Traditionally Hello Kitty has a red bow. However, there are many times that Hello Kitty changes the color of her bow to pink. She also wears cute but conservative dress. So that settled it. First I would transform her into Hello Kitty and then dress her up!

Materials Needed for Hello Kitty Costume

  • White long sleeved shirt
  • White leggins
  • White gloves
  • Pink ribbon
  • White craft foam sheet
  • A headband
  • Glue gun
  • Cute dress or skirt and shirt combination
  • White, black and yellow face paint

Step by Step Guide to Making a Hello Kitty Costume

  1. First trace and then cut two rounded, hill type shapes out of the white foam. This will be the ears for Hello Kitty.
  2. Next, hot glue the foam ears to the back of the headband. The hot glue will sort of melt the foam, but it will not enough to be noticeable This will only show on the back side of the headband.
  3. Cut about 18 inches of ribbon from the spool to make the bow. I like to have a little more than what I will actually need so that I have some extra in case of mistakes. Tie the ribbon into a bow. I used ribbon that has the wire edges so that it will hold its shape a lot better.
  4. Then hot glue the bow to the front of the ears. Glue it to the right ear when facing the headband. As you wear the headband, the bow will be on the left side.

You have now completed your Hello Kitty Costume! Finish the costume by wearing the long sleeved white shirt and leggins under the dress or skirt to make it look like Hello Kitty's body. Add the white gloves to simulate the white paws. Paint the face white with a yellow nose and black whiskers to complete the Hello Kitty look.

Picture Guide to Making a Hello Kitty Costume

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Foam craft sheets are easy to work with and hold their shape nicely.Be sure to glue the ears to the back of the headband.The hair and bow hide any imperfections from gluing the ears to the headband.The complete costume, minus the white face.
Foam craft sheets are easy to work with and hold their shape nicely.
Foam craft sheets are easy to work with and hold their shape nicely. | Source
Be sure to glue the ears to the back of the headband.
Be sure to glue the ears to the back of the headband. | Source
The hair and bow hide any imperfections from gluing the ears to the headband.
The hair and bow hide any imperfections from gluing the ears to the headband. | Source
The complete costume, minus the white face.
The complete costume, minus the white face. | Source

The great thing about this costume is that for the most part, everything can be used again. All of the clothing that made up this costume are clothes that Grace has worn since Halloween. And she also loves to wear the headband ears around the house. I hope that your little one enjoys this homemade Hello Kitty costume as much as mine did!


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    • leahlefler profile image

      Leah Lefler 

      6 years ago from Western New York

      Oh my goodness - that is so cute! I wish I had a daughter - my boys' little friends would LOVE a Hello Kitty costume. I love this one because it is simple to do, even for a person who isn't great with sewing (like me)!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      I know many little girls who would just love this costume. Adorable and sweet. You make it all looks so simple to make!

    • Danette Watt profile image

      Danette Watt 

      6 years ago from Illinois

      Cute costume (and very cute little girl, haha). Sure looks like an easy costume, the real work seemed to be just making the ears and gluing them to the headband - easy enough even for an uncraft person like me.

      Voted up

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      Jamie Brock 

      6 years ago from Texas

      Awww.. this is so cute! I love the kitty ears and the pink bow. Thank you for sharing :)

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      6 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks so much for the visit and pin! My Grace has just recently gotten into Hello Kitty. In fact her birthday is in just a couple of weeks and we are having a Hello Kitty party! I despised the costumes that kept coming up for little girls, so inappropriate! So we both were very happy with how this one turned out. Thanks again Janine.

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      Janine Huldie 

      6 years ago from New York, New York

      My girls are obsessed with Hello Kitty, so I had to stop by and read. Loved this and pinned for next Halloween. Thanks so much for sharing this and have also voted way up and tweeted, too!!


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