How to Make a "Three Little Pigs" Costume

Updated February 21, 2017

A curly tail, snout and ears are all you need to turn into a pig. The "Three Little Pigs" is an adorable group costume for three children. It is also a quick and inexpensive costume for a group of adults. Pig costumes are needed for plays such as "Charlotte's Web" and "Into the Woods." Wear your pig features with appropriate clothing to portray any of these characters. Overalls suggest a farm resident for the "Charlotte's Web" characters. They also work for construction workers like the "Three Little Pigs."

Wrap a pink chenille stem around a pencil to curl it into a spiral. This is your pig tail.

Cut two 5-inch-tall teardrop shapes from pink felt.

Fold the teardrops in half from top to bottom and iron the fold. These are your ears.

Sew or hot-glue the bottom of the ears to each side of a hat or headband near the top.

Wrap masking tape inside the rim of a plastic bowl. The bowl's dimensions should be about 4 inches wide and 3 1/2 inches tall. The kind commonly use for single servings of side dishes. The masking tape will prevent the bowl from breaking when you punch holes in it.

Punch a hole on each side of the bowl, 3/8 inch below the rim.

Paint the outside of the cup pink.

Draw two oval nostrils on the bottom of the bowl with a black permanent marker. The size of these nostrils can vary; one inch tall is a good starting point. Larger nostrils will make the pig look older and meaner.

Measure the distance around your head at nose level and subtract 4 inches. Cut a piece of 1/4-inch-wide elastic this length and tie the ends of this elastic to the holes in the bowl. This is your nose

Wear the ears and nose with clothing that portrays your character, such as overalls and a plaid shirt. Pin the tail to the back of your trousers.

Add accessories such as a bricks and a trowel, sticks and a hammer or straw and twine to portray the individual pigs.

Things You'll Need

  • Pink chenille stem
  • Pencil
  • Safety pin
  • Pink felt
  • Iron
  • Hot glue or needle and thread
  • Hat or headband
  • Single-serving styrofoam bowl
  • Masking tape
  • Hole punch
  • Pink paint
  • Black permanent marker
  • 1/4-inch-wide elastic
  • Clothing
  • Accessories
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About the Author

Camela Bryan's first published article appeared in "Welcome Home" magazine in 1993. She wrote and published SAT preparation worksheets and is also a professional seamstress who has worked for a children's theater as a costume designer and in her own heirloom-sewing business. Bryan has a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from the University of Florida.