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How to Make a Dumbo Costume Out of Household Products

Updated April 17, 2017

Whether you're a fan of the movie or the ride at Disneyland, Dumbo is one of the world's most beloved elephants. Dumbo is a cartoon elephant whose huge ears gave him the ability to fly. He is also known for his colourful neckwear and hat. To create a your own Dumbo costume, you can use household items to replicate his physical characteristics and clothing. You can re-create his ears, hat, neckwear and nose.

Make Dumbo's nose. Cover a paper towel roll in grey construction paper by rolling the paper along the perimeter of the roll and securing it with tape. Colour diagonal lines across the construction paper using black marker or crayon to recreate Dumbo's nose design. Punch two holes at the top of the nose on both sides and slide a string through both holes. This will allow you to wear the nose over your own as a mask.

Create Dumbo's ears. Cut two large sheets of construction paper into the shape of capital letter "Ds." Draw two smaller capital letter "Ds" on the inside of both shapes. Colour in the smaller "Ds" with a light pink crayon. You can use double-sided tape to attach the ears to the side of your head.

Make Dumbo's hat. Roll a piece of yellow construction paper diagonally to create a cone shape. Tape it together to secure. Punch two holes in the bottom of the hat and slide string through both sides so that the string hangs in a "U" shape. Fit the string underneath your chin and place the hat on top of your head.

Put on a plain grey sweatshirt to represent Dumbo's body, and place a red scarf around your neck to complete the look.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper towel roll
  • Grey construction paper
  • Yellow construction paper
  • String
  • Black crayon
  • Pink Crayon
  • Red scarf
  • Grey sweatshirt
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Christina Whitaker began her writing career in 2005 in newspaper journalism. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from UCLA and a law degree. Her legal experience includes work in Federal Court, and civil and criminal litigation. She also maintains a blog on social, pop-culture and cultural matters.