How to Make a Cow Costume
Have you "Herd"? People are dressing up as cows!
Wondering how to make a quick and easy homemade cow costume? We're here to help! Look for complete instructions and a complete list of all the supplies that you'll need as you scroll down the page.
Moooving right along now, if you're not feeling crafty, we also have cow costumes to buy for adults, kids, and even dogs! (Keep scrolling down the page.)
Whether you need a homemade disguise for Halloween, for the county fair, for your church's Christmas program, for your favorite restaurant's Dress Like a Cow contest (you know the one), or for a costume party, you'll find everything you need right here on this page to help fill your barn with two-legged bovines!
P.S. Don't miss the hilarious cow humor, spread like cow patties throughout this page!
The Black and White Cow Look: That's What We're Going For
When most people think of a cow costume, they picture black spots on a white background, resembling the animal below. That breed is a Holstein, just so you'll know (somebody might ask what kind of cow you are!).
A Holstein usually has black ears, white feet, and white at the end of the tail. Keep those things in mind when constructing your costume. (If you really do want to study up on these pretty black and white cattle, here's a website about the Holstein breed.)
DIY Cow Costume Supply List
- A white hooded sweatshirt
- White sweatpants (or shorts)
- Black felt for spots and ears
- Fabric adhesive
- Piece of rope for tail
- A cowbell
(Buy these locally, use what you have,
or order what you need from the links below.)
How to Make a Cow Costume
Easy instructions for making a cute, homemade cow costume for Halloween or dress-up, for children or adults.
- First, gather the supplies as listed on the supply list above plus a good pair of scissors and a needle with black thread and white thread.
- Use plain paper to cut patterns for the spots. Just draw semi-oval shapes in various sizes. Refer to the pictures of the cows above for ideas. Lay out the paper on the sweatshirt and pants to see how they'll fit.
- When you're satisfied with the look, use the patterns to cut the spots out of the black felt.
- Lay out the felt spots again to be sure of the placement. Follow the directions on the fabric glue or spray adhesive to apply the felt to the shirt and pants. Let dry as directed.
- To make ears, cut out a rectangle shape from the felt. Cut a "rounded point" on one end then fold the two corners of the other end together and sew to make the cow ear shapes. Use the needle and black thread to sew the ears to the hood.
- Cut a length of rope for the tail (length depends on the person's height). Braid three lengths of rope together if you want the tail to be thicker. Tie a knot a few inches from the end then unravel and brush the ends of the "tail" to make it bushy. Use a needle with the white thread to sew the tail to the seat of the pants.
- Use part of the rope or a bright ribbon to tie the cow bell loosely around the person's neck.
- Wear white socks and shoes (black is okay if you don't have white) and consider wearing white gloves or even socks on your hands to make the four cow "legs" match!
That's really all there is to it! Every costume will be unique depending on the size and number of spots that you use, just like every cow is unique!
See How to Make a Cow Costume Step by Step
When is Cow Appreciation Day?
July 11, 2017 was the most recent Cow Appreciation Day!
Start planning next year's cow costume now!
Not Feeling Crafty? Order a Cow Costume Here
If you'd rather just buy a cow costume, we understand. There are plenty of styles to choose from and I'm sure you'll find one perfect for you or your needs. You'll find a huge assortment of cow costumes at this link, from high-quality mascot costumes to tiny costumes for the littlest calf in your herd. Check 'em out!
Q: What kind of milk comes from a forgetful cow?
A: Milk of Amnesia
Cow Makeup Completes the Costume. Love this look!
"It's better to be seen and not herd."
Don't Forget the Cowbell! A genuine cow bell is exactly what your costume needs to make you stand out in the herd, err crowd.
Costume contest? This authentic cow bell is perfect to make your homemade cow costume a winner! This one is the genuine product and makes a sound fit for the outdoors. You certainly don't want to lose your precious little calf in the crowd, now do you?
"Produces a sharp tone that can be heard at long distances for livestock or sporting events. One-piece steel construction."
"Turn the udder cheek and mooo-ve on."
A Friendly Cow Mask for a Child - Comfortable and adorable!
Some children are afraid of wearing masks over their faces, so this is a fabulous choice for a child's cow costume. It's basically a headband with cow ears and horns. Not only does it not obscure the child's view, it's much more comfortable (and far less scary) than a latex or plastic mask - and transforms your child into the cutest little calf you'll ever see!
Add one child dressed in sweatshirt and sweatpants or jeans and you have a very simple but adorable cow costume. Add a touch of cow makeup if you like.
Cow Face Painting Video Tutorial
"Honor thy fodder and thy mother and all your udder relatives."
Here's a Dalmatian Dressed Up as a Cow! I just got this in an email and had to share it with you.
I don't know the source of this picture except that it was in an email that I received today with pictures of dogs in Halloween costumes. Poor guy! Or girl - actually I hope it's a girl! Don't worry, sweetie. We're not laughing at you, we're laughing with you!
Q: Which job is a cow most suited for?
A: Baker. Because they're making cow pies regularly.
Some Helpful Links - In case you need more information.
- Chick-Fil-A's #CowAppreciationDay Site and Photo Gallery
This is a huge event, held in July every year. Get your costume ready - and get free food!
- Cow Mask to Color and Wear
From talented artist Lee Hansen, a cow mask page to print and color.
- Cow Jokes, Jokes, Cow Fun at Simply Bovine.
Thanks to Simply Bovine for the cow jokes! Read hundreds more Cow Jokes at the link, all submitted by customers of Simply Bovine.
© 2009 Susan Deppner