This DIY Elephant Costume Is Your No-Stress Halloween Solution

This homemade costume is cute as can be—just don't count on your child trick-or-treating for circus peanuts instead of candy!

Make this DIY animal Halloween costume that is almost too cute for words with a gray sweatsuit and some matching felt. Seriously — that's all you need! The best part? Each of the pieces can be hot-glued instead of sewn, turning this into an easy no-sew Halloween costume! The sweats are perfect for a chilly night of trick-or-treating, and it makes this elephant a budget-friendly Halloween costume.

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How to Make an Elephant Halloween Costume

Supplies Needed

  • FREE Pattern
  • Gray hooded sweatshirt (with no zipper)
  • Gray sweatpants
  • Felt: light gray, white, dark gray
  • Straight pins
  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks
  • Cardboard paper towel tube
  • Needle and thread
  • Circus Peanuts candy

Step-by-Step Directions

With a few supplies and these how-to instructions, you can create your own easy Halloween costume for kids. Customize your DIY elephant costume with your favorite colored and patterned felt.

To make the ears: Enlarge and trace the patterns onto paper and cut them out. Cut two outer ears from light gray felt and two inner ears from white felt. Topstitch an inner ear to each outer ear, with the straight edges aligned and reversing one set.

Fold the top of each ear down 2 inches. Align the folded straight edges and pin them in place. Pin each ear 2 inches from the hood edge with the folded edge at the top and the white inner ear facing forward. Topstitch each ear in place along the straight edge, catching the folded edges in the seam.

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To make the toes: Cut six large toes and six small toes from white felt. Hot-glue three large toes to the bottom front hem of each sweatpants leg. Hot-glue three small toes around the hem of each sweatshirt sleeve.

To make the elephant trunk: Cut a cardboard paper towel tube to 9 inches long. Pinch together, and glue one end closed.

Cut a 6x13-inch piece from light gray felt. Lay the tube on the gray felt so the open tube end is aligned with the short felt end. Wrap the felt around the tube, and hot-glue in place, working slowly to make wrinkles as you go.

At the flattened end of the tube, glue the felt together to form a flap that will tuck inside the sweatshirt neck. Apply a line of hot glue around the edge of the open tube end and press into a piece of dark gray felt. Let the glue dry, then trim off excess felt around the tube end.

Sew the flap end of the elephant trunk inside the front neckline of the sweatshirt. Hot-glue a piece of Circus Peanuts candy to the dark gray felt at the end of the trunk. Get inspiration for more easy kid's costumes!

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