How To Create a Reindeer Costume

As much as I strive to be the perfect mother, making costumes is one thing that I hate doing.  I personally prefer to make the costumes from things I might have around the house or can get cheaply, and I would rather make costumes that do not require sewing.  Here is my take on making a reindeer costume.

  1. The first thing you need is a pair of brown sweatpants.  These can be some you already have, or you can purchase them fairly inexpensively at any number of retail or clothing outlets. 
  2. While you are making your shopping list, you need to make sure you also have these things: 
  • Black gloves
  • Black shoes (I prefer house shoes)
  • Fabric glue
  • Light brown fabric
  • Headband
  • Brown ribbon (I prefer the suede-like or microfiber ribbon)
  • Brown pipe cleaners
  • Red lipstick or black eyeliner
  1. Take your light brown fabric and cut an oval out that is big enough to cover your belly and the crotch area of your pants.  You will have to cut this into two pieces or you'll have trouble getting into your outfit.  Cut one piece to fit over your belly and a smaller piece to fit over the crotch of the pants.  These will overlap and that is okay.
  2. Glue the light brown fabric onto the sweatshirt and sweatpants using your fabric glue.  Set the sweatpants aside to dry.
  3. Take your headband and secure the ribbon to one end using the fabric glue.
  4. Wrap the headband with the brown ribbon all the way to the other end, making sure that no parts of the headband show through the ribbon.
  5. Take your pipe cleaners and wrap one end of two separate pipe cleaners around the middle area of the headband.
  6. Take two more pipe cleaners and secure the around the middle of each of the ones coming from the headband.  Shape your antlers in any way you like.
  7. It is time to get ready!  Put on your sweatpants and headband.  Put on the black gloves and shoes for your hooves.  Take the black eyeliner and draw whiskers on your face.  Use either the black eyeliner or the red lipstick to make a nose (depending on whether you are Rudolph or one of the other reindeer).
  8. Enjoy being one of Santa's Reindeer!


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