How to Make a Cheap & Easy No-Sew Lion Costume

Updated April 17, 2017

Making your own lion costume is a low-cost and creative alternative to expensive store-bought costumes. You can pattern your costume after any type of lion, so you have a lot of creative latitude with your creation. Whether your lion costume is orange, yellow, brown or even red it will be easily recognisable as the king of the jungle. Lion costumes are customisable for warm or cold weather. You can use heavy materials and even layers in cold weather, or lightweight polyester in warmer climates.

Use scissors to cut orange, red and brown yarn into 4-inch pieces. Use ruler to make sure that all pieces are the same length. You should have about 60 pieces of each colour.

Glue yarn pieces in an alternating pattern around the face part of the balaclava. Leave a little extra room over the eyes so that the yarn doesn't make it difficult to see. Also glue yarn over the part of the gloves that cover the back of the hand.

Use scissors and ruler to measure and cut brown felt so that you have a strip of cloth about 4 inches wide and 12 inches long. This will form the tail.

Glue remaining yarn to one end of the brown felt strip. You can loop the yarn to make the tail bushy.

Attach the other end of the tail to the trousers. Use either glue or two safety pins.

Dress your child in the trousers, shirt, balaclava and gloves. Be careful of the yarn pieces on the balaclava, gloves and tail.


You can wrap the yarn around a 4-inch wide piece of cardboard to make cutting fast and simple.


Do not allow your child to try on the costume until the glue is completely dry.

Things You'll Need

  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Orange yarn
  • Red yarn
  • Brown yarn
  • Fabric glue
  • Brown balaclava
  • Brown gloves
  • Brown felt
  • Brown trousers
  • Two safety pins
  • Brown long-sleeved shirt
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Jolene Armand has been writing since 1999. She has worked as a marketing copywriter for medical, dental and legal services companies and as a freelance medical and legal researcher. Armand is currently pursuing a dual Bachelor of Science in biology and Bachelor of Arts in English.