Trick-or-treating Little Red Riding Hoods beware! This adorable wolf costume comes to life with the help of a painted cardboard head, a faux-fur tail pinned to a gray sweat suit, and fuzzy gloves embellished with cardstock claws. This is an easy DIY kids Halloween costume—with no sewing required!
Before you begin, download our free pattern. To make the tail, trace the tail pattern onto gray faux fur and cut it out. Use hot glue to secure the long edges together, leaving an opening at one end.Then, stuff the tail with polyester fiberfill. Glue the tail opening closed—when you're ready to put the costume together, use a safety pin to pin the tail to a pair of gray sweatpants.
To make the paws, start with a pair of fuzzy gray gloves that fit your child's hands. Cut 10 small triangles from white cardstock and hot-glue them to the end of each glove finger to form the wolf's claws. We suggest cutting the triangles small enough so the gloves are still functional—make it easy for your little wolf to reach for the Halloween candy!
The wolf head looks complicated, but it's actually made from a few pieces of cardboard! Trace the head sides from our free costume pattern. Trace one each of head side 1, head side 2, head back, and snout onto cardboard. Then trace two ears and cut out each of the pieces. Paint all the cardboard pieces gray and let dry. To give the head a realistic look, paint a large almond-shape white eye on each head and add a black paint dot in the center. Then cut large triangles for teeth on white cardstock and hot-glue the teeth to the bottom edge of each head side. Add short white lines in paint to give the look of fur on the snout, then paint a small piece of cardboard black for a nose, and hot-glue it to end of snout as shown. Let each of the head pieces dry completely before putting the head together.
Hot-glue the head side pieces to head back piece. Hot-glue the snout to the combined head sides and head back, gently bending the snout to fit the pieces snugly together. Cut a slit in each ear as indicated by the line on the pattern. Overlap the edges, and glue them in place to give the ears a cup shape. Hot-glue the ears to the head shape. then cut small pieces from the leftover faux fur fabric and hot-glue the fur to the inside of the ears.
Editor's tip: Adjust the width of the back piece so the wolf head sits securely on your little one.
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