You don't have to be the king or queen of the jungle to look like one. If you've got a Halloween party, jungle party or masquerade coming up, you can whip up a jungle costume quickly and easily, using no or very little sewing. In fact, if you're going to a party as a couple, you can create matching costumes using all the same fabric and supplies.
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Things you need
- Skin-toned leggings
- Skin-toned T-shirt
- Brown microsuede fabric
- Thin rope
- Fabric glue
- Artificial greenery leaves
- hair clips
- Grey and brown eye shadow
- Stuffed monkey or other jungle animal
Don your leggings and T-shirt. Since the jungle outfit takes very little preparatory work, you can assemble your costume when you are ready to wear it. Your shirt and leggings should blend in well with your skin tone to give the effect of bare skin.
Cut the fabric. To make a female costume, measure the fabric to 3 yards and cut. This will form a long strip of fabric you can use to create your jungle sarong. To make the end result look tattered, make random cuts and rips in the fabric and let the ends fray.
Bring the fabric behind your back and hold an end in each hand. The fabric should be covering your back and thighs with the front wide open. Taking one end, bring the fabric up and around the opposite side of your neck. Do the same with the other side so that the two ends cover your chest and cross at the neck. Tie the ends behind your neck. This is similar to tying a sarong.
For a male version, cut two rectangles from the fabric roughly 24 inches by 36 inches in size. Once you have your rectangles, leave one side of each a straight cut and trim the other three sides in wavy and random lines to resemble an animal skin.
Wrap the rope snugly around your waist. Make a pencil mark where the loin pieces should be placed on the rope. Leaving length to tie it, cut the rope to the appropriate fit. Take the rope off and attach your loin cloth pieces. Place one loin cloth piece flat on the table wrong-side up. Lay your rope on the cloth and fold 2 inches of the straight side over the rope and glue it securely. Repeat for the other side, using your pencil markings as a placement reference.
Use grey and brown eye shadows to smudge onto your cheeks and forehead, creating a "dirty" look. Bronzer also works well to make your complexion look jungle-tanned.
Cut individual leaves from your artificial plant or fern and secure them to your hair with hair clips or to your sarong and loin cloth with fabric glue. Perch a stuffed monkey on your shoulder or hold it as a prop.
Tips and warnings
- Use excess material scraps to wrap around wrists or cover shoes for a more complete look.
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