DIY Monster Costume
I’ll admit it. Two years ago, I was totally obsessed with monsters at Halloween. In fact, I still have a huge soft spot for them. But all the costumes I could find online were a little too…revealing. I wanted to look like a monster…but I don’t think risquè when I think monster. Instead, I created this homemade monster costume that be paired with just about any clothing. So you could pair it with whatever you want – dress warmly or don’t. It’s up to you!
And the best part is that it’s mostly about gluing…you can sew a few parts of it if you want – but you don’t have to. So it comes together in a matter of a half an hour. I love fast, cute costumes! Especially when you’re down to the wire and need something original and fun for the big night! I paired the monster hood with a tutu in fun colors and a pair of monster gloves I found at a costume store.
What You’ll Need
- Old sweatshirt with a hood (something you can cut up!)
- Fuzzy, furry fabric
- Felt (white for teeth and another color for the horns)
- Ping pong balls (3)
- Sharpie marker (black)
- Polyester stuffing
- Ribbon (optional)
- Pom-poms (optional)
- Hot glue gun
- Needle and thread or sewing machine (optional)
The very first thing I did was cut the hood off of the hoodie sweatshirt. I had originally intended to wear the sweatshirt, but the year in question – Halloween night temperatures were sitting around 80 degrees F. Too hot for a sweatshirt! Instead of sweating my buns off – I cut the hood off of the sweatshirt. I picked an outrageous color of orange so it’d be bright and funny…and because it was on clearance.
If you live in a colder climate – simply leave the hood on the sweatshirt. Then it’s both functional and fun!
Glue or sew the fuzzy fabric to the outside of the hood. I took my hood and folded it in half, then laid it on top of my fuzzy fabric and traced it. I used my sewing machine to stitch the fuzzy fabric to the outside of the hood, but glue would have worked just fine.
Create your horns using some of the felt – I used pink. Simply trace a horn shape onto your felt, cut it out, and then use that to trace and cut 3 more of the same shape. Then either glue or sew two pieces together (on 3 sides only!) to create the horn shape. Lastly – put some polyester stuffing in to make the horns 3-D and glue or sew the final edge up.
Once the horns are created – either hot glue or sew the horns to your hood on either side of your head.
Take the ping pong balls and draw pupils on them with the permanent marker. Then hot glue them to the top of the hood in between the horns. I think 3 eyes looks good, but 2 or 4 or however many you want would be just as awesome.
Using the white felt – cut out three or four triangles for the teeth. Then hot glue them underneath the top of the front of the hood so your monster’s teeth are showing.
Step 6 (optional)
I hot glued a bow made from Halloween ribbon to one horn and pom-poms to the danging strings of the hood. I thought it added a little something extra. Totally optional – but worth the extra effort.
And you’re done!