How to make a minotaur costume

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Creating a minotaur costume for your next fancy dress party or a school project isn't the easiest of jobs. The most difficult part is likely creating the bull's head to top off this half man/half bull creature.

But if you have the skill to design the essential bull's head, making the rest of the minotaur costume should be straightforward.

Start with a large brown or possibly grey sweatshirt. Sew or glue brown or black fake fur on to the shoulders, back and maybe the arms. Stuff the inside with foam, towels or anything else to simulate muscles.

Take a pair of jogging or tracksuit bottoms the same colour as the shirt. Hopefully, you have a matching set. Attach more fur to the legs. Attach a long strip of fur to the rear end for the tail.

Wrap brown or grey vinyl around an old pair of shoes for the hooves. Make sure the vinyl sticks out enough from the toe of each shoe to make the cleft in the middle of each hoof.

Make a loin cloth to wear around the mid-section. This is as simple as draping a towel or two over a belt at both the front and back ends.

Create the bull's head with papier-mache. Create the basic head shape with the horns and snout using posterboard or strong mesh. Apply paste-soaked newspaper strips to fill out the exact shape. Place more fake fur on the head and paint the horns.