How to Make a "Jerry the Mouse" Costume

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Jerry is the brown mouse foil to grey cat Tom in the Hanna Barbera/MGM cartoon "Tom and Jerry." Jerry is constantly and cleverly escaping Tom's clutches because Jerry is much smarter than Tom. Create a Jerry costume to go with a friend or significant other's Tom costume, or make the costume as a stand-alone piece. Creating a Jerry costume to wear alongside other mouse characters from television and film is another option. As Jerry is a brown mouse, the costume requires brown clothing.

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Things you need

  • Card stock
  • Scissors
  • Plastic headband
  • Coated craft wire
  • Brown paint
  • Pink paint
  • Small paintbrush
  • Brown shirt
  • Brown trousers
  • Brown shoes
  • Brown mittens or gloves
  • Belt
  • Brown strip of cloth
  • Glue or needle and thread
  • Brown eye pencil

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    Cut card stock in two large circles 4 to 5 inches in diameter to create Jerry's large round ears. Paint the ears brown with pink circles in the middle. Punch holes in a plastic headband where you want the ears. Punch holes at the bottom of the ears. Line up the holes and tie the ears to the headband with craft wire.

  2. 2

    Wear brown leggings or trousers and a brown long-sleeved T-shirt or turtleneck. Put on a pair of brown shoes or boots and a pair of brown mittens or gloves.

  3. 3

    Sew or glue a brown strip of fabric to a belt to make the mouse tail.

  4. 4

    Draw Jerry's long whiskers on your cheeks with brown eye pencil. Colour a brown circle on the tip of your nose to complete the costume.

Tips and warnings

  • Wear a pale pink or cream shirt under a button-down brown shirt to mimic Jerry's pale pinkish-tan tummy.

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