How to make an adult Peter Pan costume

Updated February 21, 2017

Peter Pan is an attractive choice for a costume at Halloween or costume parties because it can be worn comfortably by both men and women. Purchasing a costume can be expensive, but being Peter Pan for a night doesn't have to be a costly, overwhelming undertaking. You can be transported to Never Never Land inexpensively by making your own Peter Pan costume out of simple materials, many of which you may have around the house.

Measure the circumference of your head with measuring tape. Add an inch to this number and divide the number in half to get the width measurement for your hat. Cut two triangles, each about 8 inches tall, with the widest, straight bottom edge being the same width as your width measurement.

Place craft glue along the two slanted sides of one of the triangles and about ΒΌ inch away from the edge. Leave the straight, bottom edges unglued. The unglued bottom edges will allow for you to easily slip the hat over your head. Place the lower edge of the red feather in the glue so the rest of the feather rests above the edge of the triangle. Place the remaining felt triangle on top so it rests evenly on top of the other triangle and feather. Let dry for at least four hours.

Cut a zigzag pattern at the lower hems of the T-shirt arms (where the sleeves stop on your biceps) so the sleeves look jagged. Cut the bottom hem of the T-shirt into larger zigzag shapes so they look frayed and worn. Do not cut too much off the length; the T-shirt should stop only a few inches above your knees.

Put on your green tights and T-shirt. Wrap the belt around your waist and buckle it into place. Pull up an inch or so of the T-shirt so it balloons over the belt just a bit.

Finish your Peter Pan costume by putting on your moccasins. If your hair is long, place it in a high ponytail or bun. Place the hat on your head so most of your hair is covered. Draw freckles on your cheeks and nose with the brown eyeliner pencil.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Green felt
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue
  • Red feather
  • Large green T-shirt (almost knee-length)
  • Wide brown belt
  • Green tights
  • Moccasins
  • Brown eyeliner pencil
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Based in the Pacific Northwest, Arin Bodden started writing professionally in 2003. Her writing has been featured in "Northwest Boulevard" and "Mermaids." She received the Huston Medal in English in 2005. Bodden has a Master of Arts in English from Eastern Washington University. She currently teaches English composition and technical writing at the university level.