How to Make a Goldfish Costume

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How to Make a Goldfish Costume
A homemade goldfish costume is easier than you think. (Home cat and a gold fish. image by Kavita from

This homemade goldfish costume requires no sewing, only cutting and hot glue. With a quick assembly of the fish body and the application of some make-up, any child will look adorable as a shiny goldfish with silver accents. Not only is this costume quick to make, but it is also affordable -- all you need are two basic clothing pieces and a few craft store items.

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Things you need

  • Over-sized orange hooded sweatshirt
  • 5 pieces of 8 1/2-by-11-inch orange felt
  • Silver fabric paint
  • 3-inch diameter foam ball
  • 8 1/2-by-11-inch black felt
  • Yellow leggings
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Sharp knife
  • Silver eye shadow
  • Red lip liner

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  1. 1

    On each sheet of orange felt, hand draw three rows of two scales; make scales by drawing a "U" shape and connecting the top points. Cut out a total of 30 scales.

  2. 2

    Glue the scales in rows along the bodice of the sweatshirt from front to back, gluing only the top of the scale.

  3. 3

    Decorate the scales with lines, dots or swirls using the silver fabric paint. Decorate the front of the sweatshirt first, allowing the paint to dry before flipping it over to decorate the back.

  1. 1

    Cut the foam ball in half using a sharp knife.

  2. 2

    Cut two 1-inch diameter circles using the black felt.

  3. 3

    Glue one black felt circle to each foam ball to create an eyeball.

  4. 4

    Glue the foam eyeballs to the top of the sweatshirt hood, 6 to 8 inches apart.

  1. 1

    Wear yellow leggings and the assembled sweatshirt with the hood up so the fish eyes can be seen.

  2. 2

    Apply silver eye make-up around eyes and cheeks.

  3. 3

    Apply red lip liner in the shape of a heart above the upper lip and apply an upside down heart below the lower lip to create the appearance of fish lips. Fill in each heart with the red lip liner.

Tips and warnings

  • This goldfish costume can easily be tailored for an adult costume by simply increasing the number of scales suggested in the directions.
  • Do not allow young children to use a hot glue gun unattended.

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