Easy Elephant Costume

This might just be the cutest and easiest costume you'll ever make! This DIY elephant costume is cute as can be - just don't count on your child trick-or-treating for circus peanuts instead of candy! Plus, get more of our favorite kid's Halloween costume ideas.

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

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What You'll Need

  • Downloadable 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  

How to Make It

To make the ears: Enlarge and trace the patterns onto paper and cut 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 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 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. 

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