How to Make a Donkey Head Costume

Updated April 17, 2017

A donkey head costume can be worn for several reasons, like celebrating Halloween by dressing up as the donkey character from the movie "Shrek" or showing support for the Democratic party during an election season. Making a donkey head costume at home can be a cost effective project, and can be easily done with a few tools, some of which can be found at home. With some tips and guidance, this project can be quick and rewarding.

Blow up two balloons. One should be a ball shape the width of the head of the person who will wear the donkey head. The second should be an oval shape that is long and could look like a snout. Tape the ball shape balloon to the top of the oval balloon, making sure some of the oval balloon comes out farther than the ball balloon.

Mix papier mache paste by mixing equal parts glue, flour and water, about one cup of each. Stir well.

Dampen strips of newspaper in the mix and lay the wet strips onto the balloon construction. Make sure to follow the shape of the balloons with the strips, but only cover the top half of the construction, which will ensure a head can fit in later. Let dry completely.

Once dry, pop the balloons with a straight pin and pull out all balloon remnants.

Paint the papier mache construction to look like a donkey head. Paint the entire piece grey and paint on ears, eyes, a nose and a mouth. Let dry.

Tape an elastic strap under the papier mache hat, which can act as a chin strap. Pair the donkey head with grey clothes and the donkey costume is complete.


Use extra newspaper strips to mould little ears onto the donkey head.


Make sure the wearer can see out of the donkey head, to prevent tripping.

Things You'll Need

  • Balloons
  • Masking tape
  • Glue
  • Flour
  • Water
  • Bowl
  • Newspaper
  • Straight pin
  • Paint
  • Paint brush
  • Elastic strip
  • Gray clothes
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About the Author

Erica Morris has six years of journalism experience, working for publications in New York, London and South Florida. She has served as associate editor for a Jewish lifestyle magazine in Florida for the past two years, and worked as both a news and features writer for a number of weekly newspapers.