How to Make a Tarzan Costume

How to Make a Tarzan Costume. 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

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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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