How to make an alligator costume

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How to make an alligator costume
A simple alligator costume isn't difficult to make. (Getty Creative)

Wearing a costume can help spark the imagination. Put one on and assume nearly any role you please from Queen to peasant, from Rapunzel to Snow White or Harry Potter. Creating a costume can help lead to even greater creativity. Better yet you can often make a costume quickly and effortlessly from materials that may be lying around your house otherwise unused. An alligator costume that will delight and enthral any wearer can be easily created from such materials. Follow these steps.

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Things you need

  • Brown paper
  • Green and grey markers
  • Glue
  • Green felt
  • Paper
  • Cardboard
  • Green trousers
  • Gloves
  • Tape

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Make the alligator's tail. Make a cone from brown paper. Glue the ends together. Colour the paper with green marker or glue on a length of green felt. Cut out five triangles from a piece of cardboard. Colour the triangles grey. Glue the triangles to one side of the tail. Stuff the tail with paper or cotton. Set to the side.

  2. 2

    Cut a circular piece of cardboard large enough to fit over someone's forehead. Glue the ends of the cardboard together and colour green.

  3. 3

    Cut out two pieces of cardboard into semicircles. Glue two pieces of white oval shaped paper to the cardboard. Glue two pieces of black oat tag or cardboard to the cardboard to make the eyes. The pieces of cardboard should be about the size of the semicircles. Let dry. Glue the semicircles to the circular piece of cardboard.

  4. 4

    Cut out a rectangular piece of cardboard. Colour green or top with green felt. Glue or staple one end of the piece of cardboard to the circular piece of cardboard. This will serve as the alligator's mouth. The cardboard should be large enough to shade the eyes of the wearer.

  5. 5

    Staple or sew the alligator's tail to a pair of green trousers. The tail should be secure enough so that the filling stays in place.

  6. 6

    Cut out two pieces of cardboard large enough to fit over a hand. Colour the cardboard green. Add scales with black marker or tape. Tape or staple the pieces of cardboard to a pair of gloves.

  7. 7

    Cut out two pieces of cardboard large enough to fit over a pair of shoes. Colour the cardboard green. Add scales with black marker or tape. Fasten the scales to the shoes with tape or staples.

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