How to Make a Child's Donkey Costume

Written by kathy bellamy
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How to Make a Child's Donkey Costume
You'll need a photo of a donkey to get your face paint right. (Donkey image by Laima Penekaite from

"You're a girl dragon!" Children have delighted in this memorable line spoken by Eddie Murphy as "Donkey" in the beloved children's classic, Shrek. The sweet simple donkey has been one of man's most faithful servants. Its gentle nature and enduring strength made it the transportation of choice for a generation of humble people for thousands of years. Most children know about donkeys thanks to the movie, or perhaps having seen one in a petting zoo. Their sweet faces and funny teeth have made them a children's favourite for stuffed animals, puppets and costumes.

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Things you need

  • Pair of grey sweatpants
  • Gray hoodie
  • 2 sheets of 8 by 12 inch grey felt
  • 2 sheets of 8 by 12 inch pink felt
  • 1 sheet of 8 by 12 inch black felt
  • 6 by 24 inch grey felt
  • Scissors
  • White glue
  • Needle and thread or sewing machine
  • 6 by14 inches of grey felt
  • ½ yard White felt
  • White face paint
  • Photo of donkey
  • False buck teeth
  • Pair of black mittens
  • Pair of black shoes

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  1. 1

    Draw two donkey ears about 8 inches long on to the grey felt. Cut them out. Draw two slightly smaller ears onto the pink felt. Cut them out.

  2. 2

    Glue the pink ears to the centre of the grey ears. Bend them slightly down the centre long-wise with the pink side in the bend. Let dry. Sew to top of the hood pointing downward.

  3. 3

    Cut a egg shape from the white felt big enough for cover most of the front of the hoodie. Sew to front of hoodie.

  4. 4

    Cut black felt into a 6 by 6 inch square. Glue black felt to the end of the long piece of grey felt. Roll into a tube and glue down the top edge. Sew to back of the sweatpants.

  5. 5

    Paint white circles around the eyes and mouth, use the photo of the donkey for reference.

  6. 6

    Wear with black mittens, shoes and buck teeth.

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