How to Make a Chipmunk Costume

Updated November 21, 2016

A chipmunk costume is cute and fun for any age to wear and the ensemble can often be created with things you have in your own closet or cabinets. Whether it's for Halloween, a costume party or a child's birthday party, the outfit can be created with just a few simple steps. This is especially convenient for those who don't know how to sew or who are looking for a quick costume idea.

Purchase a brown hooded sweat suit if you do not already have one. You should also purchase a pair of brown mittens to make the chipmunk's paws. If you can't find a brown hooded sweat suit or brown mittens or don't want to buy these items, you can dye a white or heather grey sweat suit brown or use fabric glue to attach fake brown fur to any colour sweat suit or mittens.

Squeeze fabric glue onto a long, thick strip of fake black fur and attach it to the back of the hooded sweatshirt to form the chipmunk's stripe down its back. Start the fur at the brim of the hood and go down the entire back of the sweatshirt. Be sure to leave 3 to 4 inches of fur to hang below the bottom of the shirt to form the chipmunk's tail.

Cut two triangles approximately 2 inches in height from the brown felt. Attach the two triangles to the back of the sweatshirt hood using fabric glue to form the chipmunk ears. If the ears do not seem stiff enough, you can spray them with spray starch before attaching them to the hood, then place them between a folded dish towel and iron them until they are firm enough. Do not place the iron directly on the felt as it could melt the ears.

Use brown, black and tan face paint to decorate the face of the person who will be wearing the costume. Apply brown face paint with a make-up sponge to the entire forehead, drawing it down to a point at the bridge of the nose. Next, apply tan face paint to the cheeks with a make-up sponge and paint tiny brown whiskers extending out from the nose. Last, paint a round black circle on the tip of the nose to form the chipmunk's nose.

Things You'll Need

  • Brown hooded sweat suit
  • Brown felt
  • Fabric glue
  • Fake black fur
  • Scissors
  • Brown fuzzy mittens
  • Black, brown and tan face paint
  • Make-up sponge
  • Spray starch
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Nicholas Nesler has worked in journalism for over 10 years as a reporter, photo editor and sports editor. Nesler has written for "The Batesville Guard" and the "Paragould Daily Press." His awards include the '07 FOI award from the APME. He received his bachelor's degree in journalism at Arkansas State University, Jonesboro and his master's degree in education at the University of Central Arkansas.