How to Make a Chef Hat or Costume

Whip up something truly delectable with a homemade 'professional chef’ costume. Even if the best dish you’ve ever made is macaroni and cheese from a box, this deliciously deceptive costume will earn you five stars. An easy, affordable alternative to expensive Halloween or party costumes, the majority of a chef costume can be assembled from items you already have in your home.

Things You'll Need

  • Black pants
  • White shirt
  • Black socks
  • Black shoes
  • Apron or chef’s coat
  • Cookbook (optional)
  • Cooking utensils (optional)
  • Makeup pencil (optional)
  • Flour (optional)
  • White poster board
  • Stapler
  • 1 yard white fabric

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The Costume

Use plain black pants and a white long-sleeved shirt as a base. The shirt should be a button-up if possible. Wear black socks and black shoes.

Wear an apron or chef’s coat. For a professional appearance, select a plain white or red-and-white checkered pattern. Stuff the apron’s pockets with a cookbook or essential cooking utensils, such as a wire whisk or wooden spoon. If desired, stain the apron with spaghetti sauce, chocolate or other food items.

Create a chef’s hat to accompany the costume. Tuck any loose hair inside the hat.

Decorate the wearer’s face with a mustache drawn with a makeup pencil or with a light dusting of flour for a fresh-from-the-kitchen appearance.

The Hat

Cut a thick band from white poster board. The band should be approximately 26 inches long and 4 inches wide.

Wrap the band around the wearer’s head so that it fits comfortably. Leave a little extra space. Clip the band together and remove from the wearer’s head. Staple the band together.

Staple the fabric along the bottom, inside edge of the hat band at even intervals. Puff the fabric up through the top of the band.

Tips & Warnings

  • For trick or treating, use a large plastic mixing bowl instead of a candy bucket. Tissue paper can be used instead of fabric to create the hat. An alternative hat can be made by wrapping a white shower cap over a long cylindrical container, such as a can of Quaker Oats. Create the base of the hat by taping a poster board band around the bottom of the container, over the bottom of the shower cap.


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