How to Make a Tarzan Costume

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Tarzan may be very easy to recognize, but the character itself has been around a lot longer than many of us imagine. Tarzan was created by Edgar Rice Burroughs in 1923 and appeared in 23 sequels as well as countless cultural references. This character makes a great Halloween costume and is relatively easy to put together.

Things You'll Need

  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Quilt batting (roll)
  • Thread
  • Fabric (leopard-printed)
  • Jockey shorts
  • Pencil
  • Bronzer
  • Hair oil
  • Flip flops
  • Stuffed monkey toy

Learn More About Tarzan

  • Know that Tarzan is considered one of the most well-known literary characters in the world.

  • Remember that Tarzan is immortal, so you can dress as a young Tarzan no matter what the year.

  • Stay nimble. Tarzan is an accomplished treetop survivalist and can easily walk on all fours.

Make a Tarzan Costume

  • Choose a tight-fitting top in flesh colored nylon. The closer the top is to your natural coloring, the more realistic it will be.

  • Turn your long-sleeved shirt inside out and lightly trace an outline of pectoral muscles, biceps and abdominal muscles in pencil.

  • Cut out quilt batting (a padding material) in the shape of each traced muscle.

  • Use peach or tan thread to sew the batting to the shirt.

  • Put on your long-sleeved shirt with the batting facing in. You can wear an undershirt for comfort.

  • Take a strip of leopard printed fabric and tie it around your waist. For authenticity, go as short as you dare.

  • Wear a pair of black jockey shorts or briefs underneath your loincloth.

Add Tarzan Makeup and Accessories

  • Add skin bronzer to complement your costume and give you that essential outdoorsy feel.

  • Slick your hair back with hair oil.

  • Put on a pair of simple leather flip flops or gladiator style sandals.

  • Carry a stuffed monkey toy to complete your look.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use a comic book as reference when tracing the outline of your Tarzan muscles.
  • You can also affix the quilt batting to the shirt with fabric glue.

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