How to Make a Kid's Ox Animal Costume

Whether dressing as Paul Bunyon's ox, Babe the Blue Ox -- or you simply like oxen and wish to dress as one for Halloween, you can make a child's costume at home. Making animal costumes does not require expert craft knowledge. In fact, as long as your can cut and paste you can make an ox costume that will wow your friends and family in a few moments' time.

Make the body of your ox costume from a brown sweatsuit, or one piece pajama. The more plush and fuzzy the costume the better, because oxen tend to have shaggy fur.

Put the two mop heads in a bucket with brown dye. Allow them to soak long enough to take on the colour. Take them out of the water and let them dry.

Use your glue gun to affix one of the brown mop heads to the top centre of the hood of the outfit. Attach the other to the back of your costume with the glue gun for a tail.

Draw horns for your ox costume on a piece of cardboard and cut them out. Use the cardboard horns to cut identical horns out of the brown felt. Glue the brown felt to the front of each horn.

Bend back the bottom of each horn so you have a one inch tab. Evenly space and glue the horns to your hood by putting glue on each tab and pressing it firmly to the fabric.

Finish off your costume by using the glue gun to glue faux fur to your brown mittens. Use the mittens as a template to cut the correct size from the faux fur. Brown socks can also work if you don't have brown mittens. Wear brown shoes or boots.

Things You'll Need

  • Hooded sweatsuit, or one-piece sleeper
  • 2 string mop heads
  • Brown dye
  • Glue gun and glue gun sticks
  • Black felt
  • Cardboard
  • Craft glue
  • Brown mittens
  • Faux fur
  • Brown shoes
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Hillary Marshall has been writing professionally since 2006. Before writing instructional articles online, she worked as a copywriter and has been published in "Ideal Living" "Sass" "Science Edge" and "Shopping Cents" magazines along with countless websites including Gadling a blog by the Huffington post. Marshall studied early childhood education at the Stratford Career Institute.