How to Make a Humpty Dumpty Costume

You don’t have all the king’s horses and all the king’s men available to put together a Humpty Dumpty costume, but you still need one regardless. And you certainly don’t want a broken egg to break the bank. Well don’t fret! These simple guidelines will have you humpty, dumpty, and ready to fall off the walls in no time!

Things You'll Need

  • White stretchy shirt, a couple sizes too big
  • White leggings or tights
  • Several pillows or pieces of batting
  • Masking tape
  • Large shorts
  • Suspenders
  • Hat
  • Bow tie
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Permanent marker or fabric marker
  • Yellow felt (optional)
  • Rouge

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Put on white sweatshirt and white leggings or tights. Though you do not want skin-tight clothing, these pieces should be tight enough to be stuffed to capacity without baggy areas.

Stuff sweatshirt and tights with pillows, batting, or other stuffing material to make yourself look as round and “egg-like” as possible. Use smooth pillows so that your egg doesn’t appear lumpy.

Wrap the batting or pillows around yourself with masking tape to keep them from shifting during use.

Clothe yourself with oversized shorts, suspenders, a top hat and brown shoes.

Sew a bow tie to the top of the sweatshirt.

Draw various, jagged cracks on the sweatshirt and/or leggings using permanent marker. If you’d like to get “gory,” snip open a couple of the cracks you have drawn and attach some yellow felt with a glue gun or safety pins to give a leaking yolk effect.

Apply a little rouge to your cheeks so they look nice and rosy.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you would rather not mark up your clothing items, the egg shape can easily be achieved by using a white plastic garbage bag: Cut out holes for the legs and fill with pillows, batting, or smaller plastic grocery bags for volume.
  • Make yourself as rotund as possible; don’t shy away from using as much fluffing material as possible. The bigger the better for this costume. You don’t want to be reduced to a shell with clothing.
  • Scratch the standard Victorian look for clown-like attire such as a giant polka dot bow tie and a silly hat with a pom-pom on top.
  • Go to a Halloween or nursery rhyme theme party with friends dressed as the king's men or a brick wall.


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