How to Make a Deer Costume

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How to Make a Deer Costume
The noble deer comes as a great inspiration for a costume. (deer image by Joan Stanton from

Creating costumes at home can save money and offer you a better, more original costume in the long run. Whether you need deer costumes for a play, a costume party or Halloween, you can make it easily with items found around the house and at your local craft store.

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Things you need

  • Polystyrene foam
  • Whittling knife
  • Paint
  • Brown felt
  • Super glue
  • Wire hanger
  • Wire cutters
  • Scissors
  • Brown hooded sweatsuit
  • Oil-based make-up

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  1. 1

    Take a large piece of white polystyrene foam to create the deer's antlers. With your knife, whittle down the polystyrene to create a set of long, branchlike strips, making some longer than others. Superglue the shorter pieces to the longest piece to create two sets of antlers. Paint the resulting item a soft cream colour.

  2. 2

    Gather your brown felt to create the deer's ears. Trace four large tear drop shapes, about 6-inches long and 4-inches wide each, onto the brown felt. Cut the pieces out. To keep the pieces stable, grab your wire hanger. Cut it in half using wire cutters, and bend each piece into a tear drop shape, just like your deer ears. Place the wire piece in between two of the ear shapes. Superglue it so the pieces stick together.

  3. 3

    Superglue the two deer ears, now sturdier with the wire inside, onto the top of your sweat suit's hood. Near the same area, superglue your deer antlers.

  4. 4

    Create your tail by creating a small, imperfect triangle out of your brown felt. Place a bit of wire from your cut hanger in the middle of the brown felt. Superglue a smaller white triangle onto the other side of the brown felt with the wire in between the two felt pieces. Superglue the resulting item to the bottom area of your sweatsuit, right where your behind is situated. The brown side should clearly be seen as the white side should stay somewhat hidden.

  5. 5

    Apply brown oil-based paint to your face and any portions of your body sticking out. Paint a large black circle on your nose, and outline your eyes and the corners of your nose with white paint.

Tips and warnings

  • If you find the deer antlers do not stick up, simply superglue the two pieces onto a thick brown headband and wear the band over your brown hood.

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