An Easy Homemade Dragon Costume

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With a little bit of imagination and a few household and craft items, you can easily create a homemade dragon costume that will please even the pickiest little boy who wants to be the scariest dragon in town. The costume will also please parents because it is inexpensive and takes little time to make.

Things You'll Need

  • Green hooded sweatshirt
  • Green sweatpants
  • 1 piece white foam 18 inch x 18 inch square, 1/2 to 1 inch thick
  • Green fabric paint
  • Yellow fabric paint
  • Hot glue gun
  • 1 piece green poster board
  • Safety pins
  • 1 yard bubble wrap
  • Scissors
  • Clear tape

Assembling the Dragon Body

  • Cut 10 triangles with a two-inch base using the white foam. Cut an additional three triangles with a four-inch base with the remaining foam. Paint two of the two inch-wide triangles with green fabric paint. Paint the remaining triangles with yellow fabric paint. Allow the paint to dry before proceeding to step 2.

  • Glue the green triangles to the top of the hooded sweatshirt to form ears, three inches apart. Glue three of the smaller yellow triangles down the back of the hood in a vertical line, starting between the two green triangles that formed the ears.

  • Glue the three large yellow triangles down the back of the sweatshirt in a vertical line.

  • Cut out a tail 1 1/2 to 2 feet by 3 inches using the green poster board. Glue the remaining yellow triangles down the length of the tail.

  • Secure the dragon's tail to the back of the sweatpants using safety pins.

Assembling the Dragon Wings

  • Cut the bubble wrap in half length-wise. Cut an upside down 'U' pattern starting at one corner of each piece, working the pattern up diagonally to the opposite corner. The end result should look like a wave pattern.

  • Secure the wings with tape to the underside of each arm of the sweatshirt. The wave pattern will face down, each side forming a half v-shape.

  • Paint the bubbles of the bubble wrap with green paint to give the wings a scaly effect.

Tips & Warnings

  • The bubble wrap wings and dragon tail may need to be trimmed down in length depending on the height of the child.
  • For additional detail, paint elongated rectangles (rounded at the ends) on the chest of the sweatshirt to create the appearance of scale segments.
  • Use caution with hot glue, scissors and safety pins around children.

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  • Photo Credit dragon image by Balogh Eniko from Fotolia.com
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