How to make a Speedy Gonzales costume

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Known for being "the fastest mouse in all of Mexico," Speedy Gonzales made his cartoon debut in 1955. This little mouse has the ability to move quicker than Daffy Duck and Sylvester the cat, two of his enemies. This Looney Toon character is very intelligent and uses his brain to outsmart his enemies.

If you are looking for a unique Looney Toon costume for your next Halloween party or dress up event, you can make your own Speedy Gonzales costume in little time and for little money.

Wear a pair of white shorts or capri pants that should fall between the knee and the ankle. Wear a white long sleeve T-shirt with a crew neck collar. Attach a mouse tail to the center back of the shorts. You can make the tail by cutting out an 200 mm (8 inch) long rectangle that is 6 mm (1/4 inch) thick from a piece of brown felt. Then either hot glue it in place or use a safety pin.

Tie a red bandanna around your neck. Let the ends hang loose.

Die your hair black or wear a black wig. Wear mouse ears. Put on a large yellow sombrero. If you cannot find one that is yellow, spray paint it using yellow paint.

Use costume make-up to paint your face brown. Also paint your nose black and draw two whiskers on either side of your face.

Wear brown socks, shoes and gloves.

Draw a circle on a piece of brown felt that is approximately 100 mm (4 inches) in diameter. Draw a second circle with the exact same dimensions. Cut them out using fabric scissors.

Draw another circle on a piece of pink felt that is approximately 75 mm (3 inches) in diameter. Draw a second circle with the exact same dimensions. Cut both of these circles out.

Use hot glue to attach the pink circles in the centre of the brown circles. Allow the glue to dry.

Attach the circles to the sides of a brown headband using hot glue. The ears should be placed near the bottom of the headband so that they will be seen when you put the sombrero on.