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It can be hard to stand out from the crowd when it comes to your dog’s Halloween costume. We’re here to help! We did some sleuthing to find out what the best and trendiest DIY dog costumes for this year will be.
When dressing your dog in a costume, consider their comfort level. Some dogs are happy to wear whatever you ask them to, whether it’s a rain jacket or a full-body jumpsuit with accessories. Other dogs are going to resist clothing and will do better with a simple Halloween collar or ruffle to wear around their neck.
From super-simple to requiring-some-craft-skills, one of these DIY dog costumes is sure to suit your furry best friend. We’ll link to the components you might want to buy online, and how-to tutorials when available. Of course, the best thing about DIY costumes is that you can make them your own. So don’t be afraid to get creative! Heads up: you’ll probably want to pick up a hot glue gun.
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IT 2 is in theaters now, so this pop culture dog costume will be very of-the-moment!
- Yellow rain slicker for dogs
- A red balloon. If real balloons make your dog uncomfortable, this IT pin is pretty cute, and you can put it on a collar (or raincoat)
- Paper boat (instructional video here)
Whether your dog is more king or cowardly, this quick-knit project from The Spruce will transform any dog into Simba returning to his rightful place on Pride Rock. And don’t worry if your dog doesn’t like to wear stuff on their head; there’s a collar-style option, also.Get Yarn on Joann.com for $8.99
This fruit is an international sign of hospitality! Let your dog greet your guests as a wonderful pineapple. It doesn’t get easier with this DIY dog costume. Just gather the materials listed below, and follow these handy instructions from Brit+Co.Get Yellow T-shirt on Amazon for $9.99
Get this unique look with a DIY tutorial from Jaderbomb, a Michael’s Maker craft aficionado. You’ll need a few items you can pick up at your local craft store, plus a patient dog who tolerates wearing stuff on their head.Get Flowers at Michaels.com for $12.00
This DIY project from Lovely Indeed will turn your sweet pooch into a sweet treat. It’s a little more work than some of the other picks on this list, but if you’re a serious crafter, it won’t be too tough. And the results are so darn cute!
- Paper maché box
- Assorted felt and cotton backing
- Natural colored paper for the wrapper (foil would be cute, too!)
- 3/4″ elastic
- Sewing supplies and, you guessed it, that glue gun!
Sure, you could buy a readymade flower costume for your dog. But this DIY version is fully customizable, and it’s not too hard for craft newbies like me. Plus, if you get a few doggy friends together, you can have a whole bouquet! Here’s the tutorial from DIY Network.
- Sewing supplies (can use a machine if you have one)
- Felt in a bright color that matches your favorite flower
- 1″ elastic
If you’ve got some sewing chops, check out these incredibly cute pool floatie costumes from Sugar and Cloth. The materials listed below will help you turn your pooch into a pool party flamingo or unicorn. Or, if you’re lazy like the person writing this post, you could always buy a plush flamingo and attach it to your dog’s harness. Voila, DIY made e-a-s-y!
- Pink and/or white fabric
- Squishy foam (it helps the beak and horn stand up)
- Felt for features and unicorn mane
This cute, simple DIY dog costume turns your dog into superdog, and you don’t even have to buy anything to make it. Here’s a no-sew tutorial for a costume made out of an old toddler dress shirt. Decorate the cape with your favorite comic book hero emblem, or invent a unique logo for your one-of-a-kind pup. Bonus points if you make them a little felt mask to go with it!
- Bright fabric—an old shirt or towel will work, or buy a yard of canvas or cotton
- Fabric paints to design your own superhero emblem
- Felt and elastic to make a mask
This adorable DIY dog costume is made out of two empty soda pop bottles, tissue paper, and duct tape. Attach your homemade rocket to your dog’s existing harness, and watch them blast off for a fun Halloween! Pick up some tips from Costume-Works.com.
- Two empty 2L soda bottles
- Silver duct tape
- Tissue paper
- Silver spray paint
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This look is just a glue gun and tissue paper away. All you have to do is glue fringed strips of colorful paper to a sweater or shirt that fits your dog. Get more details from Studio DIY. I’d add a little loop at the top, and paper maché ears if your dog can stand them!Get Dog T-Shirt on Amazon for $11.99
This spooktacular costume collar from Sew Doggy Style is all about cartoony gore. Simple felt, cardboard, and crafty magic turn your dog into a walking horror movie. You’re welcome!
- Red felt
- Red 3D fabric paint
- Red and green thread
- Red, green, and black felt or fleece
- Sewing supplies
- Your old friend the hot glue gun
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Whether your dog is stuck in the cone of shame this Halloween, or you just have a spare lying around, this DIY costume is a great use of a common dog accessory. We don’t even have a tutorial for this one. Just grab the components listed below, or repurpose stuff you already have at home, to turn your dog into a martini complete with olives.
- Cone of shame (the plastic kind)
- Wooden dowel
- Green styrofoam balls or tennis balls
- Red felt to add the pimento
This DIY dog costume couldn’t be simpler. Dress up your dog as a children’s book star, and enjoy a Halloween full of hearing, “I found Waldo!”
- Red and white striped dog sweater
- Black plastic glasses, or make your own out of black tape
- Dog toque (or if you’re going full DIY, knit your own dog hat)