How to make a pig nose & tail

Updated April 17, 2017

With their pink snouts and signature curly tails, pig costumes are instantly recognisable, even to small children. A pig costume doesn't have to be elaborate. A simple pig nose and tail give you an instant outfit for playtime or, combined with a pink tracksuit, a costume for Halloween or a school play. You don't need any sewing skills to make a pig nose and tail.

Cut the paper roll or plastic foam cup in half. This will serve as the base of your pig nose.

Roll the craft foam or felt around the nose to determine how much you will need to cover the nose. Cut the foam or felt, adding an extra 0.6 cm (1/4 inch) to the circumference of the nose. Smear some glue on one side of the felt or foam and wrap it around the nose, overlapping the edges of the foam or felt.

Place the round end of the nose on another piece of foam or felt and trace around it. Cut the round of foam or felt and glue it on the end of the nose. Draw round nostrils on the end of the snout with a black marker.

Punch holes on either side of the nose near the base using a hole punch. Measure a piece of elastic to fit around the child's head. Cut the elastic and thread one end through each hole. Secure the elastic by tying a knot inside the nose.

Curl the pipe cleaner around the marker to make a curly tail. Wrap one end of the pipe cleaner around the hole in the safety pin and attach to the back of the child's trousers.


This costume can also be adapted to fit an adult. Simply adjust the size of the elastic on the nose to fit an adult's head.

Things You'll Need

  • Toilet paper roll or plastic foam cup
  • Pink craft foam or pink felt
  • Glue
  • Black marker
  • Hole punch
  • Elastic
  • Pink pipe cleaner
  • Safety pin
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As a professional journalist since 1998, Lisbeth Booth has worked as a writer and an editor at several magazines. Her career has focused on music and film criticism but she has also written about lifestyle topics such as parenting and home design. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Calgary.