Dress Up Ideas for Dr. Seuss

Written by leonor crossley
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Though simplistic in colour and design, the intriguing creatures created by children's book illustrator/author Dr. Seuss have a strange, yet whimsical, appeal. Every year on March 2, children and adults across the U.S. dress up as fun-loving Dr. Seuss characters to celebrate the author's birthday. Trips to your local craft and clothing stores begin your transformation into an imaginative character from beloved classics like "The Cat in the Hat," "Horton Hears a Who" and "How the Grinch Stole Christmas."

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Cat in the Hat

Draw a circle the diameter of your head on poster board. About 4 or 5 inches outward, draw another circle around it. Cut out the inner circle and save it. Roll a strip of poster board at least 12 inches tall into a cylinder fitting inside the hole. Tape it in place and add the cutout circle on top. Cover the hat in white felt paper and glue on red felt paper stripes. Paint your neck and face white with catlike features. Wear white gloves, a large red neck bow, black trousers, black bedroom slippers and a black long-sleeve shirt with a large oval of white craft felt paper sewn on front. Cut a long, 5-inch wide strip of black felt paper, fold it in half and sew one end and the long side shut. Stuff the tail with cotton and sew it onto the back of the trousers.

The Grinch

Using "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" for reference, paint your neck and face light green and add on The Grinch's thick, menacing eyebrows and other facial features with black face paint. Wear a typical red Santa hat and a plain red long-sleeve sweater with a strip of fuzzy white fabric sewn along the neckline, wrists and bottom. Paint your hands green or wear green gloves. Wear light green trousers with a strip of the fuzzy fabric sewn at the bottom of each pant leg, and put on red bedroom slippers or shoes.

Thing One or Thing Two

Wear a big blue clown-type wig that has a lot of hair sticking upward. Paint your face and neck white. Cut out a large circle from a white craft foam sheet and outline its edge with black marker. Inside, write "THING" curved in all caps above the number "1" or "2." Sew the circle onto the front of a long-sleeve red shirt. Put on red gloves, red trousers and red bedroom slippers or shoes.


Sew large elephant ears cut from grey craft foam sheets onto an elastic headband. At the top, add a clump of black yarn. Cover your face and neck with grey face paint. Wear a long-sleeve plain grey sweatshirt with a pillow sewn on the inside, grey sweatpants and grey mittens and boots with large glued-on white felt paper toe nails. Poke a hole on each side of a plastic foam cup with the bottom cut out, and slip through and tie the ends of an elastic strip for placing over the nose. Wrap grey felt paper around the cup, creating a long trunk. Sew the side and bottom shut, and stuff it with cotton. Glue a pink pom-pom onto the end of a green pipe cleaner for a flower, wrap the end of the trunk around the stem, and glue it into place.

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