An easy home-made dragon costume

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An easy home-made dragon costume
Your dragon costume can be green or any other colour you choose. (Getty Thinkstock)

With a little bit of imagination and a few household and craft items, you can easily create a homemade dragon costume that will please even the pickiest little boy who wants to be the scariest dragon in town. The costume will also please parents because it is inexpensive and takes little time to make.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Green hoodie
  • Green tracksuit bottoms
  • 1 piece white foam 45 cm x 45 cm (18 inch x 18 inch) square, 1.5 to 2.5 cm (1/2 to 1 inch) thick
  • Green fabric paint
  • Yellow fabric paint
  • Hot glue gun
  • 1 piece green poster board
  • Safety pins
  • 1 metre (1 yard) bubble wrap
  • Scissors
  • Clear tape

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Instructions

    Assembling the dragon body

  1. 1

    Cut 10 triangles with a 5 cm (2 inch) base using the white foam. Cut an additional three triangles with a 10 cm (4 inch) base with the remaining foam. Paint two of the small triangles with green fabric paint. Paint the remaining triangles with yellow fabric paint. Allow the paint to dry before proceeding to step 2.

  2. 2

    Glue the green triangles to the top of the hooded sweatshirt to form ears, 7 cm (3 inches) apart. Glue three of the smaller yellow triangles down the back of the hood in a vertical line, starting between the two green triangles that formed the ears.

  3. 3

    Glue the three large yellow triangles down the back of the sweatshirt in a vertical line.

  4. 4

    Cut out a tail 50 to 60 cm (1 1/2 to 2 feet) by 7.5 cm (3 inches) using the green poster board. Glue the remaining yellow triangles down the length of the tail.

  5. 5

    Secure the dragon's tail to the back of the tracksuit bottoms using safety pins.

    Assembling the dragon wings

  1. 1

    Cut the bubble wrap in half lengthwise. Cut an upside down 'U' pattern starting at one corner of each piece, working the pattern up diagonally to the opposite corner. The end result should look like a wave pattern.

  2. 2

    Secure the wings with tape to the underside of each arm of the hoodie. The wave pattern will face down, each side forming a half v-shape.

  3. 3

    Paint the bubbles of the bubble wrap with green paint to give the wings a scaly effect.

Tips and warnings

  • The bubble wrap wings and dragon tail may need to be trimmed down in length depending on the height of the child.
  • For additional detail, paint elongated rectangles (rounded at the ends) on the chest of the sweatshirt to create the appearance of scale segments.
  • Be cautious with hot glue, scissors and safety pins around children.

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