Do it Yourself "Swiper the Fox" Costume

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A simple Swiper costume is easy to make with a few household items.
A simple Swiper costume is easy to make with a few household items. (Image: Hot glue gun isolated image by Marek Kosmal from Fotolia.com)

Swiper the Fox is a popular character on Nickelodeon's Nick Jr. channel's Dora the Explorer in spite of, or perhaps because of, his naughty behavior. He's mischievous and tricky when he swipes things, and it's up to the show's preschool audience to stop him. Luckily, creating a Swiper costume is not tricky at all. With just a few easy to find items, your child can dress up like Swiper in no time. Just make sure to hide your valuables when your own sneaky Swiper is lurking about.

Things You'll Need

  • Tan sweatpants
  • Tan sweatshirt with a hood that ties
  • Tan felt in a lighter shade than the sweatsuit
  • Shiny blue knit fabric
  • Elastic hair band
  • Blue gloves
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Black magic marker
  • Black eye liner

Cut the Pieces

Trace and cut two large ovals from the tan felt, one about five inches wide and one about seven inches wide. One will be Swiper's chest, the other will be his tail.

Cut two pairs of matching triangular ears from the felt. Each should be about three inches tall and two inches across.

(Image: triangles graphiques image by Beatrice Preve from Fotolia.com)

Cut the blue fabric into an 18 x 18-inch square.

Assemble the Body

Hot glue the larger oval to the front of the sweatshirt for Swiper's chest.

Fold the smaller oval in half and hot glue it together to form a tail. Pin the tail inside the back of the sweatshirt.

Glue each pair of triangles together leaving about a half an inch on the bottom to fasten them to Swiper's mask.

Create the Head

Try on the sweatshirt. Pull up the hood and tie it snugly.

Fit the blue fabric to your child's head over the fastened hood so that it forms a ponytail at the base of his head. Fasten the fabric ponytail with the hairband. It should cover his eyes, the top of his head and part of his ears. Mark holes for his eyes and ears with a marker.

Gather the mask material in the back of the head like a ponytail.
Gather the mask material in the back of the head like a ponytail. (Image: girl image by anna karwowska from Fotolia.com)

Remove the blue fabric and cut eye and ear holes.

Pull the bottom of Swiper's ears through the holes. Open and flatten the flaps and hot glue them to the inside of Swiper's mask on either side of the holes.

Put it All Together

Pull on pants with tail and sweatshirt. Fasten the hood.

Put on Swiper's mask by creating a ponytail at the base of the child's head. Be sure to line up the eye holes so he can see. Adjust the ears so they stand up straight.

Using an eyeliner, draw a black fox nose and whiskers on your child's face.

Put on Swiper's blue gloves.

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