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Homemade Leopard Costumes

Updated on September 17, 2013

Looking Like A Lovely Leopard!

A leopard costume can be fun, flirty, classy, glamorous, or just plain adorable! It's a very versatile costume. This page will give you ideas and tips for making yourself into a glamorous, fun leopard-kitty! You can wear this kind of costume for Halloween, costume parties all year, cosplay events, or any time!! And the pieces can be re-worn all year as regular fashion accessories, so check out all the great costume pieces on this page!!

Also check out the special section on this page about white leopards!! Snow leopards are adorable, and make a great costume!!

Leopard Hood And Tail
Leopard Hood And Tail

How To Assemble A Leopard Costume

For your leopard costume, start by gathering up every leopard-print garment and accessory you own. Sweaters, purses, jewelry, socks... everything. See what you have, and check what you need. If you have a leopard-print dress (or pantsuit or top and pants/skirt) already, you're halfway there.

Your dress (pantsuit, etc) will be the base of your costume. Beyond that, you can add tights, gloves, scarves, shoes... Anything leopard-print. You'll also need black or leopard-print kitty ears, and perhaps a tail. A tail can be made by sewing a long strip of fabric into a tube (right-sides-together), then turning inside out so the seam doesn't show. Ears could be storebought (you can buy some on Amazon through the links below), or you could sew some spotted fabric into little ear-shapes and attaching to a plain black headband.

Hair can be worn in any way desired. Nails could be painted black (to look like sharp shiny claws) or, with some meticulous design work, could be painted with tiny leopard spots! Keep reading below for mask and face painting ideas!

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Awesome Leopard Spots!

Awesome Leopard Spots!
Awesome Leopard Spots!

Leopard Print Dresses On Amazon - The Perfect Base For Your Costume

Here are five glamorous leopard-print dresses. They will give you the perfect start to your costume, and you can buy them directly through these links! Enjoy!

A Great Leopard Face Painting Design!

A Great Leopard Face Painting Design!
A Great Leopard Face Painting Design!
Leopard Kitty Cat Mask by FantasyStock on deviantArt
Leopard Kitty Cat Mask by FantasyStock on deviantArt

Mask and Face Paint Ideas

Leopards have very distinct, spotty faces, so you'll need a mask, or to paint your face.

You could make or buy a mask. If you make one, try using papier mache (Yeah, like we did in Kindergarten! You know. Newspaper strips and flour-water paste). You could also cut regular paper out in a mask shape, or use fake fur or fabric.

To paint your face, try some professional-grade face paints, not acrylics. Snazaroo is a great brand, and it won't itch or give you a rash for Halloween. When painting your face, reference photos of real leopards, as well as face-painting designs like the one in the photos on this page.

Another Creative Leopard Face Paint Design!

Another Creative Leopard Face Paint Design!
Another Creative Leopard Face Paint Design!

Leopard Costume Components - Buy here through Amazon!

Do you have the face paint you need to pull off a kitty-licious leopard face? Don't forget ears, a tail, or a trendy leopard bag to hold your trick-or-treat candy!! Spotted tights and black shiny fingernails can add just the right touch of glamour. These Amazon finds will help complete your look.

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Leopard Face Paint - Don't Forget Lots Of Glitter!

Leopard Face Paint - Don't Forget Lots Of Glitter!
Leopard Face Paint - Don't Forget Lots Of Glitter!

White Leopard Costume Ideas! - Here's a twist - How about a WHITE leopard costume?

Here are some products to help you with a white leopard costume! If you're looking for an even MORE unique costume, a white leopard is even more fancy and lovable than a regular leopard! These great costume pieces will help you complete your costume!

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      5 years ago

      Cute costume

    • Srena44 profile image


      6 years ago

      Great lens

    • Mandy Stradley profile image

      Mandy Stradley 

      6 years ago

      So much fun!!

    • Thrinsdream profile image


      6 years ago

      Oh, I am having fun going through these body painting articles, BRILL!

    • bechand profile image


      7 years ago

      another great halloween costume page :O) I wish I could paint like that ...

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      7 years ago

      Awesome face painting job!

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      7 years ago

      You do this so very well, now this is an impressive homemade costume with style and you have just the right animal print boots to complete the perfect look of your Leopard costume.

    • WindyWintersHubs profile image


      7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Meow! Awesome leopard makeup!

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      7 years ago

      thanks Awesome for the nice blessing, you're cool and beautiful!

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      fashionality lm 

      7 years ago

      Very lifelike. My kitten here was curious.

    • delia-delia profile image


      8 years ago

      Cool lens! I have a photo of my mom at a party in 1949 and she is dressed up as a leopard lady

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      8 years ago

      More purrfect costume ideas for Halloween!

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      8 years ago from USA

      Purrrrrrrr? or RAWWWWWWWWRRR! hee hee. What a fun costume to wear for Halloween. Black cats have been done to death. Leopards? Unique!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      8 years ago from United States

      Great Ideas!


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