Arabian horses are majestic creatures, and they offer the perfect inspiration for an original costume. Arabian horses are distinguished by their elegant "dish" face, with a curved, inward profile and a flowing, upturned tail that looks like a waterfall. Do-it-yourself enthusiasts can make an Arabian horse costume in just a few basic steps and will be ready to prance off to the nearest party or parade in no time.
Things You'll Need
- Fitted, gray knit pants
- Gray, long-sleeved shirt
- Black mittens
- Black shoes
- Gray, medium-weight fabric, 4 feet by 4 feet for adults, 3 feet by 3 feet for children
- 25g gray yarn
- Glue gun
- Gray sun visor
- Gray thread
- Sewing machine or needle
- Black fabric marker
- Thin belt
Making the Horse's Head
Copy the pattern in the illustration onto a large sheet of paper or posterboard, making it about 2 inches larger than the size you want your horse's head to be, which depends on the costume wearer. (Somewhere in the 20-inches wide by 16-inches high range is good for most adults; about 16 inches by 12 inches works for children). Keep in mind that your horse's head will be mounted on a sun visor, so you do not want it to be too heavy or large. Cut out the pattern.
Fold the fabric in half and place the pattern on the material. Trace the pattern to draw the horse's head, ears and top half of the neck. Cut out your drawing and sew the two pieces together, leaving the neck open at the bottom.
Turn the fabric inside out so your seams are inside the horse's head. Draw an almond-shaped eye on each side of the fabric and draw a mouth for your horse. Put stuffing inside the horse's head. Then glue the bottom of the horse's head to the sun visor, which will be worn like a regular visor.
Mane, Tail and Hooves
Cut about 20 pieces of yarn into 8-inch pieces. Glue each piece of yarn in a line down the horse's head to create the mane.
Cut about 25 pieces of yarn into 3-foot pieces. Adjust the length (cutting shorter pieces for children) according to the costume wearer's height so the tail will not drag on the ground and cause tripping. Tie one end of the yarn into a knot and attach it to the belt for the horse's tail.
Put on the pants, shirt, belt and visor. Add black shoes and black mittens for the horse's hooves; now you're ready to trot.
Tips & Warnings
- Adjust the length and size of the costume according to the size of the wearer.
- Always use caution when operating a hot glue gun and do not leave it unattended.
- Photo Credit Andrea and Stefan: Flickr.com
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