How to Make a Child's Cow Costume

Written by michelle blessing
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How to Make a Child's Cow Costume
Many children enjoy dressing like a cow for Halloween or other occasions. (cow. cow in farm/field image by L. Shat from

Your child's costume should be as original as he is. Homemade costumes can save money and be a wonderful way to spend some quality time with your child. He can have a creative voice in how the costume is made, adding to the excitement of the occasion.

A cow costume can range from simple to complex, depending on your skill level and devotion of time. Don't get caught up in the details and have a wonderful time creating a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • White sweatshirt
  • White sweatpants
  • Black felt
  • White yarn
  • Black pom-poms
  • Scissors
  • Fabric glue
  • String (preferably red, but any colour is fine)
  • Craft bells
  • Black and white non toxic face paint
  • Black boots/shoes or black socks

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  1. 1

    Purchase a white sweatshirt and sweatpants in your child's size. If he will be trick-or-treating outdoors, you may want to purchase the shirt a size larger so he can layer other shirts underneath it.

  2. 2

    Cut out imperfect circle and oval shapes from the black felt. Mimic the natural shape of a cow's spots when cutting the shapes.

    How to Make a Child's Cow Costume
    Keep the circle shapes imperfect to mimic a cow's spots. (ink spots image by dip from
  3. 3

    Glue the black felt pieces randomly on the shirt and trousers with fabric glue. Allow your older child to assist with this task or have a younger child tell you where to place the spots.

  4. 4

    Allow the glue to dry for at least 3 to 4 hours, preferably overnight.

  5. 5

    Cut nine pieces of yarn about 3 feet long. Place three strands of yarn together, forming three separate piles.

  6. 6

    Knot the three yarn piles together at the top. Spread the piles out, keeping three strands in each pile.

  7. 7

    Braid the yarn by holding all three strand piles at the top, then crossing one strand pile over the centre. Cross the other strand pile over the new centre strand. Continue crossing the strand piles from outside across the centre until you reach the bottom.

  8. 8

    Knot the bottom of the yarn tail to hold it in place. Glue a two large black pom-poms to the end of the tail, on each side of the braid.

  9. 9

    Attach the tail to the waistband of the trousers using fabric glue and allow to dry for at least 3 to 4 hours.

  10. 10

    Make a necklace for your child using craft bells, found in the arts and crafts section of most stores, and a length of red string. Thread 2 to 3 bells on the string and knot the end. Be sure it is long enough for you child to easily slip it on and off his head.

  11. 11

    Paint your child's face instead of using a hood or mask for safety. Paint your child's entire face with white face paint. Paint his nose and around his eyes with black paint.

  12. 12

    Have your child wear black shoes or boots. You can cover an existing pair of shoes with black socks in a larger size as well.

Tips and warnings

  • If you are handy with a sewing machine, you can purchase a pattern for a shirt and trousers or romper. Use cow print fabric to complete the outfit. The cost will be almost the same as the above mentioned directions.

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