How to make a bull costume

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How to make a bull costume
Dress as a bull for your next costume party. (novillos image by Álvaro Martínez from

If the thought of searching through fancy dress or costume shops for a bull costume doesn't thrill you, try making your own homemade bull costume suitable for children or adults. While you can use inexpensive clothing or charity shop finds for the base of your costume, a good pair of horns is essential to a recognisable bull costume. Fortunately, crafting a realistic pair of horns is a simple process and does not require any special equipment or artistic talent.

Things you need

  • Sweatsuit
  • Wire
  • Wire snips
  • Aluminium foil
  • Masking tape
  • Water
  • Saucepan
  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Newspaper
  • Craft paint
  • Epoxy putty
  • Hat

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  1. 1

    Purchase a solid coloured sweatsuit to serve as the base of your bull costume. You can choose to dress as a brown, black, white or even red bull to suit your own personal tastes.

  2. 2

    Cut two 15 to 30 cm (6 to 12 inch) lengths of 12-gauge wire with wire snips and curve the wire gently to form the shape of loud hailers.

  3. 3

    Wrap aluminium foil around the pieces of wire to fill out your loud hailers. Secure the aluminium foil with pieces of masking tape as necessary and continue to apply layers of foil until you are satisfied with the shape of the horns.

  4. 4

    Bring 474 ml (2 cups) of water to a boil in a medium size saucepan.

  5. 5

    Mix 62.5 g (1/2 cup) of all-purpose flour into 474 ml (2 cups) of cold water and slowly pour this mixture into the boiling water. Heat the mixture until it boils again.

  6. 6

    Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in 3 tbsp sugar. Let the mixture cool completely.

  7. 7

    Dip strips of shredded newspaper into the cooled mixture and smooth the wet strips onto your loud hailers. Continue to apply the newspaper until the aluminium foil is no longer visible. Let the horns dry overnight.

  8. 8

    Paint the dry loud hailers with craft paint in the colour of your choice.

  9. 9

    Attach a 2.5 cm (1 inch) diameter ball of epoxy putty to the bottom of each horn when the paint is dry.

  10. 10

    Press the horns onto a helmet, headband or a hat, flattening the ball of epoxy putty. Do not wear the horns until the epoxy putty is completely dry.

  11. 11

    Cut a 30 cm by 5 cm (12 inch by 2 inch) rectangle from a piece of felt that matches your sweatsuit. This is the tail of your bull costume.

  12. 12

    Cut a 10 cm (4 inch) long tear drop shape from black felt.

  13. 13

    Glue the black tear drop to the bottom of the tail with craft glue.

  14. 14

    Pin the tail to the back of your sweatpants with a safety pin.

Tips and warnings

  • Wear large black socks over your shoes and hands to simulate the appearance of hooves. Look for a no-pierce septum ring at body jewellery stores to accessorise your bull costume. Cut the horns from a plastic Viking hat or purchase horns from a costume shop to save time instead of making your own paper mache loud hailers.

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