How to Make an Upside Down Clown Costume

Updated April 17, 2017

An upside down clown Halloween costume is a suitable costume for clowns of any age. The costume does not require acrobatic skills because the construction of the costume creates an illusion that the wearer is walking on his or her hands. Instead, fake legs extend above the wearer's head and gloves are attached to his or her shoes.

Making this costume requires some minor construction and sewing, and the wearer will require assistance putting the costume on and taking it off.

Sew the top neck hole of the clown costume closed. Have the wearer try on the costume upside down, with his or her legs in the arm holes. The wearer's head should not poke through either of the leg holes, but fit comfortably in the torso portion of the costume. Carefully mark the area where the eye hole should be cut in the costume.

Draw a clown face on the piece of white cloth with the fabric markers. Glue a clown nose onto the cloth. Glue the clown wig to the top of the clown face.

Glue or sew the clown face near the arm holes of the costume so that the face will be right-side up when the wearer has it on. Position it about 3 inches from the neck hole of the costume. Remember, this will look like the clown is walking on his or her hands, and looking up at the same time. Glue or sew the bow-tie under the clown face.

Measure the distance from the wearer's waist to the top of the clown costume's legs. Cut two pieces of balsa wood to this length.

Glue the pieces of wood to the back of the belt, ensuring they are equal distances from the middle of the belt when the wearer has it on. The wood pieces will extend along the wearer's back, above his or her head and into the legs of the costume.

Staple the clown shoes to the top of the wood pieces, with the wood stapled in the heel area of the shoes. Glue the costume to the shoes.

Cut the eye holes in the costume, ensuring there is plenty of room for the wearer to see comfortably. Sew the mesh to cover the hole(s).

Stuff the gloves with cotton stuffing, and staple, glue or safety pin them to the tops of the wearer's shoes.

Have the wearer step into the costume, and fasten the belt around his or her waist. Put the shoes with the gloves on his or her feet, and close the back of the costume.


This costume will require assistance to put on and take off.


Ensure that the wearer can see safely when he or she has the costume on. The wearer will not be able to use his or her hands while wearing this costume, and care should be taken to prevent injury.

Things You'll Need

  • Pre-made, extra large clown costume with an opening in the back
  • Clown wig
  • White cloth, cut in 8-inch-tall oval
  • Fabric markers
  • Clown nose
  • Oversized clown bow-tie
  • Cotton stuffing
  • Gloves
  • Transparent mesh, dyed to match the costume
  • Balsa wood
  • Belt
  • Clown shoes
  • Staple gun
  • Glue gun
  • Needle and thread
  • Scissors
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Alane Michaelson began writing professionally in 2002. Her work has appeared in Michigan publications such as the "Detroit Free Press" and the "Flint Journal." Michaelson graduated from Oakland University in 2006, earning a Bachelor of Arts in journalism.