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How to easily make a dinosaur costume

Updated July 20, 2017

Kids love dinosaurs, and they remain a popular costume idea for fancy dress. You can buy one from a costume shop that will be rather expensive, or you can make one at home using items from the craft department of your local department store. By making it yourself and varying the scales, teeth and colour you can put your own unique personality into your dinosaur.

Draw your tail onto the green felt. It should be a long triangle with a jagged row of pointed scales on top. Cut it out and use it as a template to draw and cut another felt tail.

Lay one of the felt tail pieces on top of the other and pin together. Sew together on straight side along the edge. Sew pieces together on the jagged side just below the scales.

Stuff tail with grocery bags or batting. Sew to back of sweat pants jagged edge up.

Draw and cut another strip of felt about 6.3 cm (2 1/2 inches) wide and as long as the back of the sweatshirt. Cut the strip into pointed scales. Sew from base of tail up the back of the sweatshirt.

Draw and cut white craft foam into triangles for teeth. Glue teeth to bottom edge of the visor of the baseball cap.

Glue goggle eyes to styrofoam balls and glue balls to front of hat.

Cut an oval of yellow felt big enough to cover the front of sweatshirt. Glue to front of shirt. Draw scales on it with fabric marker.

Draw a dinosaur foot onto each piece of the green craft foam. Cut them out and glue to soles of green socks. Don't make the dinosaur foot too much bigger than the sock or it will be difficult to walk.

Paint face green and wear with green gloves.

Things You'll Need

  • Green tracksuit
  • Green baseball cap
  • 1 metre (1 yard) of dark green felt
  • 1 metre (1 yard) of yellow felt
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread
  • Batting or grocery bags for stuffing
  • 2 goggle eyes
  • 2 styrofoam balls, 2.5 cm (1 inch)
  • Glue and glue gun
  • White craft foam
  • Green craft foam
  • Green fabric marker
  • Pair of green gloves
  • Pair of green socks
  • Green face paint
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About the Author

Kathy Bellamy was a writer/producer for the Eternal Word Television Network for 17 years. She developed and scripted many of the short interstitials on the lives of the saints, educational segments for children’s programming and on-air promos.