How to Make a Dragon Halloween Costume

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How to Make a Dragon Halloween Costume
While your costume won't be this elaborate, this Chinese dragon demonstrates the popular role dragons play in many cultures. (dancer in dragon costume image by Clarence Alford from

From the Brothers Grimm to J.K. Rowling, dragons have played a pivotal role in a myriad of stories, books and cultures. Creating a homemade dragon costume is a perfect costume for kids or adults: it's easy to make, comfortable to wear and allows you to embody a ferocious figure from mythology and literature. You don't need to spend a lot of money on the materials and supplies, nor do you need to follow complex instructions; you can make this costume in under an hour.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Extra-large, adult-sized green hoodie
  • Craft glue
  • Large plastic eyes
  • Tape measure
  • Scissors
  • White felt
  • Pins
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Red-stiffened felt
  • Orange-stiffened felt
  • Green sweatpants

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  1. 1

    Glue the plastic eyes down to the front of the hood with craft glue and allow them to dry.

  2. 2

    Measure the perimeter of the hood. Cut a strip out of the white felt that is as long as the hood's perimeter and 2 inches wide.

  3. 3

    Cut a row of pointy, upside-down "V" shapes out of the white strip of felt. This will be the dragon's teeth.

  4. 4

    Pin the teeth to the brim of the hood so that they face outward. Sew them into place.

  5. 5

    Fold a piece of red-stiffened felt in half and cut out a large flame shape. The flame shape should be as long as your forearm. Unfold the piece of felt once you cut it and slice it down the middle. You should now have two identical flame shapes.

  6. 6

    Cut two slightly smaller flame shapes using the orange-stiffened felt.

  7. 7

    Place the orange flames on top of each red flame and glue them into place. Allow them to dry.

  8. 8

    Pin each flame on either side of the hood's interior, near the lower portion of each side of the hood. Adjust them so that when the costume is on someone, it looks like the flames are coming out of the person's mouth area. Sew the flames into place.

  9. 9

    Put on the hoodie and zip it up, pulling the hood over your head. Add a pair of green sweatpants to complete your costume.

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