How to Make a Zookeeper Costume

A zookeeper is a fascinating profession for most children since they usually love the idea of working with animals, especially baby animals. One of the simplest costumes to create is a zookeeper because there are very few items you have to make for the costume. Most zookeeper items can be found around the house. If you need a last-minute costume for a child or even an adult, the zookeeper costume is a simple option that is nearly free.

Cut out the word "Zoo" or "Zookeeper" from felt. Glue these letters to the baseball hat, or use safety pins to hold the letters in place if you don't want to ruin your hat.

Make a name badge from a piece of card stock. Write the words "Staff" and the person's full name on the badge. Attach the badge to the front of the shirt with safety pins.

Use safety pins to attach stuffed animals to the shirt. Use stuffed animals, such as a snake, monkey or bird, that are as close to scale as possible.

Put on the shirt, shorts and belt, then the socks and hiking boots. Lastly, put on the hat.

Place lettuce or other food items such as fruit inside the bucket. You can also put play food in the bucket.

Attach a real or play walkie talkie to the belt. You can also carry a clipboard to make the costume look even more authentic.

Things You'll Need

  • Felt
  • Scissors
  • Khaki or brown baseball hat
  • Safety pins
  • Craft glue
  • Card stock
  • Stuffed animals
  • Brown or khaki short-sleeved shirt
  • Brown or khaki shorts
  • Green or brown belt
  • White socks
  • Hiking boots or tennis shoes
  • Metal bucket
  • Play or real food
  • Walkie talkie (optional)
  • Clipboard (optional)
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About the Author

Brenda Priddy has more than 10 years of crafting and design experience, as well as more than six years of professional writing experience. Her work appears in online publications such as Donna Rae at Home, Five Minutes for Going Green and Daily Mayo. Priddy also writes for Archstone Business Solutions and holds an Associate of Arts in English from McLennan Community College.