How to make a llama costume

Making a realistic llama costume is a somewhat difficult costume project. A llama actually looks similar to a centaur, which is why it is possible to transform a person into a llama. The only difference between a centaur and a llama costume is that a llama is not supposed to have hands. However, with white gloves you can disguise the fact that you have hands growing from your llama neck. This costume will take several days to complete.

Make two tubes from cardboard that reach just above the knee caps. Make the tubes about the same width as your legs. Make the bottom of the tubes smaller than the top to make them look like real llama legs. Use duct tape to hold the tubes together. Tape a wheel to the bottom of each leg.

Make a llama body from cardboard by making another large tube. Make this tube about 3 feet (90 cm) long. Make the tube as wide as the distance between your mid back to just below your rear end. Angle the body slightly so that the back half is narrower than the front half. Use duct tape to hold the body together. Tape the cardboard legs to the body.

Cover the body of the llama with batting. Add additional shaping with the batting to create the shape of a llama body. Tape the batting in place.

Sew a cloth belt to the top of the cardboard so you can attach the back of the costume to the front of your body.

Cut two slits in the top of the hood. Glue a pillow to the back of the sweatshirt. Cover the entire shirt with faux fur, leaving the holes open. Glue fur to the torso and legs of the llama body as well. Cut a small piece of fur and glue it on the back of the costume for a tail. Glue fur over the trousers.

Cut two ears from the fur. Glue a piece of black felt to the inside of the ears. Glue the ears to a headband so that they can slip through the holes on the top of the sweatshirt hood.

Cover the wheels with a small rectangle of black felt. Cut a small rectangle from the leftover fur and glue it together to make a snout. Attach two pieces of elastic to the snout so you can tie it over the back of the head. Add a small piece of black felt to the end of the snout for a nose.

Put on the trousers and shoes. Attach the torso belt around your body. Put the sweatshirt on over the torso and belt. Put on the snout. Place the hood over your head and position the ears carefully. Put on the white gloves.

Things You'll Need

  • Cardboard box
  • Duct tape
  • 2 small wheels
  • Batting
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Cloth belt
  • Needle
  • White hooded sweatshirt
  • Pillow
  • Hot glue gun
  • Glue sticks
  • White trousers
  • Faux white fur
  • Headband
  • Black felt
  • Elastic
  • Black shoes
  • White gloves
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About the Author

Brenda Priddy has more than 10 years of crafting and design experience, as well as more than six years of professional writing experience. Her work appears in online publications such as Donna Rae at Home, Five Minutes for Going Green and Daily Mayo. Priddy also writes for Archstone Business Solutions and holds an Associate of Arts in English from McLennan Community College.