How to Make a Caveman or Cavewoman Costume

Use faux fur to turn yourself into a caveman.
Use faux fur to turn yourself into a caveman. (Image: srdjan111/iStock/Getty Images)

Making your own caveman or cavewoman costume is a fun, easy way to get creative for Halloween or any other event that calls for a costume. It requires little more than a trip to the fabric store and an hour or two of your time. It's fairly easy to complete and therefore is a great last-minute choice as well.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Faux fur materal
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread
  • White clay
  • Large needle
  • Thin faux leather cord
  • Faux leather strips

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Measure the wearer from his collarbone to his knees while he is standing. Multiply that number by two. This will give you a general idea of how much fabric is required.

Spread the faux fur fabric on the floor or another flat surface. Cut a length of fabric that is equal to the measurement of the wearer multiplied by two. Fold the length of fabric in half width-wise with the fur facing in.

Stitch up the long sides of the costume, from the cut edges toward the folded edge. Stop about six inches from the folded edge on each side; those gaps will serve as the arm holes.

Cut a half-circle in the center of the folded edge to create the head hole. Turn the costume right-side out, so that the fur is now on the outside. It will resemble a shapeless tunic.

Mold small bones and teeth from white clay. Poke a large needle through the objects to create a hole in each one. Allow the clay to dry and then string the objects onto lengths of faux leather cord. These can serve as necklaces and bracelets.

Slide the tunic over the wearer's head and belt it with strips of faux leather, if desired. Put on the jewelry.

Shred the material around the arm holes and bottom of the tunic with scissors for a more ragged look.

Tips & Warnings

  • Add a crazy wig and smudge your face with dark makeup to complete the look.
  • If you don't want to go barefoot, add a pair of fur slippers that match the color of the tunic.
  • To create a more womanly look to your cave costume, use a leopard print faux fur and cut out one of the shoulders.


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