How to make a clown costume

A costume that can be made quickly and easily without too much financial investment is a clown costume. It is a great costume for Halloween, for costume parties, and for entertaining small children. Here are directions on how to make a clown costume.

Wear oversized clothes. Putting together the base of a clown costume is as simple as wearing oversized clothes. You can get them from someone you know, or you can pick up an outfit at the thrift store. Slacks can be several sizes too big and held up with suspenders. Oversized shirts can be stuffed with pillows and you can add filling under an oversized dress as well. You can be a skinny clown as well, but bigger is generally seen as more jolly.

Purchase or create a pair of clown shoes. Your clown shoes can be big and floppy, or they can simply be brightly coloured. You can customise your own clown shoes by painting a pair of canvas shoes or boots in bright colours.

Find brightly coloured clothing and accessories. Look for brightly coloured and patterned socks, ties, bows, and belts. You want to make your costume as colourful as possible as this will make it more fun. If you can find a brightly coloured shirts and trousers, then purchase those too.

Wear face make-up. Clown make-up is the most important part of the costume. It is also not as difficult as it looks. Simply use white paint as the background make-up. Paint the cheeks and nose red, draw high pointed eyebrows, and paint lips much bigger than they actually are. If you have artistic face painting skills, then you can make your clown face more intricate. If you can find a clown nose, use that as well.

Don’t forget to add a wig or hat. You can find a huge red curly wig, a baldheaded wig, a simple striped hat, or a big goofy rainbow wig. Just add something to it to make it eye-catching.


Use your imagination and add your personal style to your clown costume.

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