How to Make a Police Officer Costume

Written by courtney clark
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During Halloween, police officer costumes are rather popular with men, women and children alike. While everyone has a slightly different take on this costume, there are certain elements that are usually the same, so that you can make a cop costume at home with a few articles of second-hand clothes and some basic craft supplies.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Dark blue T-shirt
  • Dark blue trousers
  • Black shoes
  • Black belt
  • Black visor
  • Gold fabric
  • Dark blue fabric
  • Fabric scissors
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Cardboard
  • Wooden dowel, 12 inches long
  • Gold spray paint
  • Black spray paint
  • Black permanent marker
  • Hot glue

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  1. 1

    Cut out three arrow-shaped pieces of gold fabric (each about 2 inches wide), and sew them in a row on the left sleeve of a blue T-shirt to indicate "rank."

  2. 2

    Cut out a piece of cardboard into the shape of a police badge or shield (one point at the bottom with three points at the top).

  3. 3

    Spray-paint the badge gold, and use a black permanent marker to write "Police" across the middle of it. Hot-glue this badge to the upper right-hand side of the T-shirt.

  4. 4

    Pair the shirt with a pair of dark blue trousers, a black belt, and a pair of black shoes.

  5. 5

    To make the hat, cut out a circle of dark blue fabric 12 inches in diameter. Sew a gathering stitch around the entire circumference of the circle.

  6. 6

    Gather the fabric until the edge of the circle is just small enough to fit inside the visor.

  7. 7

    Glue the gathered edge of the circle to the inside of the black visor, and flatten the fabric down as much as possible.

  8. 8

    Spray-paint a 12-inch wooden dowel black, and carry it around as a nightstick.

Tips and warnings

  • For a woman's costume, you may substitute a short dark blue skirt instead of dark blue trousers. You may also replace the T-shirt with a well-fitting button-up shirt.
  • For a child's costume, you may add some fun accessories such as a whistle or some toy handcuffs.
  • Dark blue jeans may be used instead of dress trousers.

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