How to Make a Costume Nose

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How to Make a Costume Nose
Clown noses don't have to be red. (clown image by SADIA from

Some costumes just aren't complete without adding parts to the face, particularly the nose. Clowns, pigs, reindeer and witches in particular need special noses for full costume effect. If you or your children have been using make-up or watercolour paint to simulate a costume nose, perhaps it's time to sit down and craft your own fake nose. It's fun, and you can even save it to use again next time.

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Things you need

  • Foam ball
  • Paint
  • Spirit gum
  • Pink construction paper
  • Pink felt (optional)
  • Brown construction paper
  • Markers
  • Red glitter
  • Masking tape
  • Modelling clay

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    Craft your own clown nose. You can find foam balls in most pet supply stores in the cat toy section and in craft stores. Choose the size you want. Cut a slit in the foam for your nose and paint with watercolour paint. You don't have to paint it the traditional clown red. Green, blue or purple are just as funny -- especially if they match the rest of the clown costume. If the nose won't stay on, add a dab of spirit gum to the inside of the nose slit.

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    Make a pig nose. No porcine costume is complete without a flat pink nose. Cut a round nose out of pink construction paper or pink felt. Draw the nostrils on with markers or paint. Attach to the tip of your nose with a piece of masking tape for easy removal for eating and drinking -- pigging out -- at a costume party.

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    Become the red-nosed reindeer. Cut out a small round piece of brown construction paper. Spread some white glue on one side and sprinkle red glitter to cover. Allow to dry, then attach with a piece of masking tape.

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    Sculpt your own witch nose. Take some modelling clay and apply it to the bridge of your nose. Pinch and sculpt the clay, covering everything but your nostrils until you have the perfect hag-ridden protuberance. Remove carefully, and allow to dry. When it's time to dress up, apply spirit gum to the inside of your sculpted nose and hold in place until dry.

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