How to make a Rafiki Lion King fancy dress

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How to make a Rafiki Lion King fancy dress
Face paints are a major component of the Rafiki costume. (Getty editorial images)

Rafiki is a baboon from the Disney movie and Broadway production "The Lion King." He is an excitable character and conveys a sort of mad wisdom. His most recognisable features are on his face. So face paints are necessary to make a Rafiki costume. It is possible to make a Rafiki costume without sewing because the character's grey-coloured body can be created using soft grey clothing. Finally, Rafiki's signature accessory, a magical stick, can be made as a finishing touch for the costume.

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Things you need

  • Red face paint
  • Blue face paint
  • White, furry fabric
  • Scissors
  • Gray velour sweatsuit
  • Hot glue gun
  • Plain stretch headband
  • Tall wooden stick or tree branch
  • 2 red plastic toy balls
  • Rope

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  1. 1

    Check an image of Rafki throughout the costume-making process to recreate his features. Various images of Rafiki are available online.

  2. 2

    Paint the costume wearer's face. Paint the individual's nose red, and paint blue strips underneath his eyes. Look at an image while you apply the paint, and try to recreate Rafiki's face as best you can.

  3. 3

    Cut a large oval out of white, furry fabric.

  4. 4

    Glue the white furry oval onto the torso of a grey velour sweatsuit's top using hot glue. This will create Rafiki's furry middle and can be worn with the grey velour sweatsuit bottom to complete the body of Rafki.

  5. 5

    Glue white, furry fabric to a plain stretch headband using hot glue. Worn around the face and in front of the ears, the headband will create Rafiki's white beard and hair.

  6. 6

    Create Rafiki's magical stick accessory. Poke two holes in each of two red plastic toy balls using the sharp end of scissors. String a rope through them. Tie the two red balls together with the rope, and then tie both red balls to a tall wooden stick or tree branch.

Tips and warnings

  • Use caution when poking holes through the plastic toy balls. For a safer option, use whiffle balls, which already have holes.

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