How to make a zebra costume with paper

Updated July 20, 2017

Dressing up in an elaborate costume is expensive unless you find a way to look fantastic and still save money. Make your costume out of paper. Fashion your inexpensive paper costume to look like characters from books, animals, or even celebrities. Give your children a paper costume project and watch them finish on their own. A zebra costume is striking and requires no expertise to make. Use paper and a few household items to transform yourself.

Make the head

Draw a black circle around one eye. Leave the other eye unmarked. Draw lines on your face that resemble the markings of a zebra.

Cut off the bottom half of a paper cup diagonally. This is the nose. Start at 1.3 cm (1/2 inch) from the bottom of the cup and cut across the cup ending 6 cm (2 1/2 inches) from the bottom. Cut two holes for breathing in the bottom of the cup. Colour the cup black with your marker, poke a hole in each side of the cup. Cut a rubber band in half and tie one end to each of the holes in the cup.

Cut two triangles from the black paper to make ears. Make the triangles 4 cm (1 1/2 inch) wide and 7.5 cm (3 inches) high. Tape one triangles to each barrette with the slimmer end pointed up. Curve the triangle's slightly when attaching them so that they continue to point upwards.

Make the body and tail

Cut 2.5 x 28 cm (1 inch x 11 inch) wide strips from the black paper. Use tape to attach the strips to your long sleeve white T-shirt until the zebra effect has been achieved.

Cut two strips from the black paper that are 2 x 25 cm (3/4 x 10 inches). Tape the pieces together so that they form one long strip of paper.

Cut one strip of black paper that is 28 by 7.5 cm (11 x inches). Roll the paper up tightly lengthwise so that you have a 7.5 cm (3 inch) tube. Cut several 5 to 6 cm (2 to 2 1/2 inch) slats into the end of the tube. Press down and crumple the end of the tube until it resembles the end of a zebra tail.

Tape the two pieces of the tail together. Fold the flat end of the tail into your belt line.

Make Hooves

Use your marker to colour four cups black. Cut the bottoms out of all of the cups.

Cut each cup apart from top to bottom so that you can slip them over your wrists and ankles. Tape the cups back together so that they stay in place.

Pull the cups down to cover your knuckles. for added effect, draw your fingers in so that they are not seen.


Use orange and black paper and a similar patter to become a leopard.


Wait for the marker to dry before putting the nose on.

Things You'll Need

  • Black paper
  • Large paper cups
  • Long sleeve white T-shirt
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Black face paint
  • Black marker
  • Rubber bands
  • Two plain hair barrettes
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About the Author

Victor Curtis began writing professionally in 2001 for publications including "JEST Magazine." His work also extends to the realm of feature films with works completed for Warner Brothers and HBO. Curtis attended the University of Minnesota, earning a Bachelor of Arts in film production focusing on media for children and studio art.