DIY Halloween Zebra Costume

In honor of planning for a Green Halloween, I decided to make the little one a Halloween costume this year.  I’m not all that crafty so the costume had to be easy.  Plus, I didn’t want to spend a lot so it had to be mostly made with things I could find around the house.  We settled on a cute, little zebra costume.  Well, I had hoped it would be cute when I started. Here’s how I did it:zebra1 DIY Halloween Zebra Costume

Things You Need:

  • Black hoodie
  • Black sweatpants
  • White duct tape
  • Waxed paper
  • One sheet of white craft foam
  • One sheet of black craft foam

 

 

Step 1: Make the Stripes

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Putting the duct tape on wax paper will make it much easier to cut. Cut a sheet of waxed paper long enough to wrap around one leg of the sweatpants with a little overlap. Gently lay strips of cut duct tape down on the waxed paper but be sure to leave exposed wax paper on the ends to grab. Do not press the tape down because it will make it harder to remove.  zebra3 300x199 DIY Halloween Zebra Costume

Step 2: Separate and cut the stripes

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Cut the duct tape strips apart.  Then cut along side the strips of duct tape to make the edges wavy. This will give the stripes that real zebra look. 

Step 3: Remove the duct tape from paper

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Remove the stripes of tape from the wax paper and wrap around the leg of the pants. Repeat this with many more tape stripes. Since a zebra’s stripes are never the same – your tape stripes don’t need to be either.

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Step 4: Add Stripes to Jacket and Hood

Next add stripes to the body of the jacket and the hood. Adjust the size of the wax paper to accommodate for the longer stripes to wrap the jacket.

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 Step 5: Make and Add the Zebra Mane

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Cut many pieces of 4-6″ strips of craft foam.  The more pieces you cut, the longer and fuller the mane will be.  Take a long piece of duct tape (about 2 feet long) and roll it with the stickiness on the outside so that you have a long sticky piece to attach your craft foam pieces to.  Like blades of grass stick the craft foam piece alternating colors to the rolled piece of tape. Finally, attach the mane to the back of the hoodie.

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 Step 6: Time to Trick or Treat!

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Comments

  1. DanaB says

    Yep, i didn’t read the comments….left it on overnight……arghhhhh! Struggled but was able to get paper off of most, but still wasted a bunch and had to cut new stripes.

  2. Dani says

    Thank you so much for this! My son (2 years old) wanted to be a zebra and I had no idea how to do it (and didn’t want to spend 30 bucks on a costume). I, too, am less than crafty and this came out great! I also added ears using the craft foam and made a tail using a black sock (finally a use for those lost socks!), the duct tape and some more pieces of the craft foam for the hair. Can’t wait to give it to him! Thanks again!

  3. Kat_momof3 says

    why not also make a tail?

    just take some black and white yarn , knot it at the top to make it easier to secure it, then have it be under one of the stripes on his booty!

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