Homemade Halloween Costume - How To Make A Dinosaur Costume

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Homemade Halloween Costume - How To Make A Dinosaur Costume

My three year old grandson, Jack, wants to be a dinosaur for Halloween...not just any dinosaur, Jack wants to be a Spinosaurus.

I looked online for ideas, but all I could find were cutesy dinosaurs... sew some triangles down the back of a hoodie and add a tail to the bottom.  Jack doesn't want to be "cute"... Jack wants to be scary.

I LOVE creating Halloween costumes and was excited to take on the challenge.  A couple of people online suggested using foam to create a dinosaur head...so  I bought a 46 x 70 piece of 1 1/4" foam ( I ended up using about 1/2 of it), got an old bike helmet, and got to work.

 

I couldn't be happier with the results!!

 

homemade dinosaur costume

 

 

Want to make a dinosaur costume for Halloween?  Here's how I did it....

 

Dinosaur Head

pattern for foam dinosaur head

Using scissors or a serrated knife, cut out a 16" x 22" piece of foam. 

Round off one end.

Measure down 14" from straight end, and cut a 3" slit on both sides.

Cut two more slits (on rounded end) as shown in picture.

 

Bending all the pieces and attaching them together forms the top of your dinosaur head.

 

Start by hand sewing section A to section B.  (A should overlap B)

Next, attach section C to section B.  (C should overlap B)

Next, attach the remaining side sections (D & E) to the rounded section.

 

 

Hot glue the top head section to a bike helmet.

top section of dino head

 

foam dino mouth

 

 

 

Cut out a 9" x 18" piece of foam for bottom of mouth.

Round off corners at one end.

Cut out a 5" x 7" opening at straight end.  (This is where child's neck goes.)

Cut out a 3.5" x 45" piece of foam for side of mouth.

Hand sew the two pieces of foam together.   Side piece should be on outside of mouth piece, not on top of it. 

 

SEE COMMENT #102 BELOW: for a suggestion from Laura, who wishes she had covered foam with fabric prior to sewing them together. I don't know if it would work better that way, but it sounds like a good idea.

 

Hot glue the mouth piece to the top of the head.  This gets a little tricky.  You have to glue it to both the foam and to the helmet.  If you have any glue gun experience at all, you know this is where the cursing begins.   After the bottom was glued on, I made a few tucks (See A & B)  using needle and thread, to give the head a better shape.  I then attached a piece of foam to cover the back.  (C)

making foam dinosaur head

adding details to foam dinosaur head

 

Time to get really creative and add some detail features.

I added two triangle pieces of foam to shape the eyes and another  longer triangle between the eyes.

I attached spikes running down the back of the head and neck.

I used hot glue to attach all the foam pieces.

See Comment #108 below: Laura suggests using Barge Rubber Cement to glue foam to helmet.

You have to press hard and hold in place for a little while for foam to stick to foam.  

Expect more cursing!

 

As if I hadn't been burned enough yet, I then used the glue gun to cover the entire head with green felt.

I lined the inside of the mouth with brown felt.

I added teeth cut from craft foam....one sheet took care of the whole mouth.

 

dino head covered with felt

I cut a styrofoam egg in half and hot glued a plastic eyeball to each half.

I used brown and silver fabric paint on the entire costume to create more detail.  

make your own dinosaur head

 

Dinosaur Tail:

I followed this fabulous "How To Make A Dinosaur Tail" tutorial.

 

Dinosaur Hands and Feet:

Rather than have Jack wear the dino hands, I chose to make them to sit on top of his hands.  I cut pieces from felt, sewed them together and lightly stuffed.  I attached a piece of elastic to the palm side to fit around Jack's wrist.

dino hands and feet

The dino feet are the same pattern as the hands, just a little bigger.  I added a "cuff" and pieces of velcro to the top of each foot which will wrap around Jack's ankle.  A piece of elastic is attached to the bottom.  (The elastic will be under Jack's shoe and hold the dino foot in place.

I used packing peanuts for claws....cut a point at one end and attached with hot glue.  

 

The Dinosaur's Body:

My suggestion would be to use a sweatshirt and sweatpants.  I had green felt already glued to the head when I realized I couldn't find green sweats.  I had to improvise.  I found two matching sweatshirts at The Salvation Army.  I used one of the sweatshirts to make the pants.  Honestly, I won't even try to write a tutorial for Jack's dino body because I just sort of pieced it together and made it all work.

I recommend determining your body color (finding sweats) before buying felt for the other parts.  

 

If you do make your own dinosaur costume, I hope you will come back and share a picture!

Jack love's his costume!!

jack's dinosaur costume

    

More of My Halloween Costume Ideas:

Wearable Coffin

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Shell 

Thomas The Train Costume

Costumes For Kids

Halloween Costume Ideas

Skeleton In Coffin Costume

Halloween Costumes For Groups

 

 

UPDATE Oct 2015

Here are some photos shared by others who have made this costume using my tutorial:

 

Robb Landis (Comment #57)

Adrienne Johnson (See her tips in Comment #80)

 

Hope Dulac (Comment #83)

 

March 2016

Received these pics from Mara (Comment #85) in France

 

 

Mara also made a Triceratops version for her daughter

 

 

November 1, 2016

I received these pictures today:

From Leah Kramer...Her son won 1st place with his costume:

 

 

From Heather Hemphill:

 

 

January 2017

Kathryn Todd sent these pics of her daughter Tilly. (Lincolnshire, England)

 

 

 

 

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Melanie

Darn auto-correct! I'm having the darnedest time hot gluing (not flying! 😂) to the helmet.

Oct 24, 2016 05:21 PM #96
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Melanie:  It's been 4 years since I made this costume. I don't remember having an issue attaching the foam to the helmet. It's messy, and awkward and I know I got burned a few times, but it did work. I still have the costume and the helmet is still attached.

Oct 25, 2016 12:12 AM #97
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Laura

I am currently making one for my son. He is SOOO excited, and I am absolutely LOVING how it's turning out. I only wish I added the fabric before attaching the foam pieces (would have been a touch easier) After adding the fabric, the hole (for the neck) became more difficult to put on my son. I just cut a short slit (from the neck hole going towards the mouth opening) and added a strip of velcro, this helped alot. I couldn't be more pleased with the results.

Oct 25, 2016 12:52 PM #98
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Jackie

I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong please help

Oct 25, 2016 04:02 PM #99
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Laura:  I'm not understanding about the fabric but I'm so glad it's turning out well and your son is so excited.

If you send a pic to sharontara dot com (.com) I will add it to the post.

Oct 25, 2016 11:44 PM #100
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Jackie:  I will need more information than that if you really do want help.

Oct 25, 2016 11:45 PM #101
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Laura

wish I had applied the fabric to the foam pieces before gluing them together (ie: adding the brown fabric to the 9" x 18" foam, add the green fabric to the 3.5" x 45" foam, then sew together) It's still a work in progress but will add pics when finished, completely awed with how it's turning out!

Oct 26, 2016 10:17 PM #102
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Laura:   Now I understand. Sounds like a great idea. Not sure without actually trying it, but it could save time and make it easier. 

I have added a note in my directions. Thanks for the input!

Oct 26, 2016 11:20 PM #103
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Crystal cronin

Hey there, I know it's been years now since you made this costume, but. Do you have any idea how much yardage it would take to build the dino head and tail? Not the contrast colors, just the base color?

Sep 19, 2017 01:21 PM #104
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Crystal:   The tail is easy....yardage is included in directions. 1/2 yd should be fine, I've made several of those tails and had extra.

Head not so easy. I don't remember.  I had the green felt on hand, so I didn't actually go out and buy it. I would say start with 2 yards.

If you buy 3 yards to cover both head and tail, it may be enough. But again, I'm guessing. Sorry!

Sep 19, 2017 04:07 PM #105
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Mel

Hi! I am making this for my son for Halloween, however I could only get 1" thick foam. Do you think that would work? Or be to flimsy? Thank you so much!

Sep 26, 2017 09:20 AM #106
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Mel:  I think the 1" would be fine. I didn't choose the 1 1/4 based on anything...it's just what I got based on what was available.

Please come back and share a pic of your finished costume so I can add it to the ones in my post.  If you message me through the contact link, I will send you an email address.

Sep 26, 2017 01:33 PM #107
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Laura

In the process of using your awesome pattern for my 4 year old! I used several different kinds of glue to attach the foam to the helmet and the ONLY thing that has stayed put is Barge rubber cement. I wouldn't waste time trying hot glue, spray adhesive, or super glue (tried them all) just go right for the big guns! I can't wait to see how this turns out! Thank you for the tutorial-I wouldn't have had a clue where to start! (Now if only you had one for a 1 yr old Baby beluga! ;) Thank you again!!!

Oct 03, 2017 08:15 AM #108
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Laura:  Thank you for the cement suggestion. I have added it to the instructions.

I would love to see how your costume turns out too. Please contact me when you are done and I will send you my email address so you can send a photo. I would love to add yours to the others I've received.

(On the upper right hand side of this page is a "message me" section.)

Oct 03, 2017 10:16 AM #109
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Erin

Does this ruin the bike helmet? Is it possible to pull the glue off the helmet when done? Just trying to decide if I should use the helmet we have or get a cheapo one somewhere.

Oct 07, 2017 12:35 PM #110
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Erin:  I would consider it a fairly permanent application....I haven't tried removing the head from the helmet, but it's still well attached after 5 years. I would use an old or cheap one.

Oct 07, 2017 04:25 PM #111
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kelley glidden

just finished this costume, probably the coolest thing I've ever made. thank you for the great tutorial .

Oct 15, 2017 08:49 AM #112
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Kelley:  Thank you for letting me know! I would love to see it. Please contact me via the MESSAGE box at the upper right of this page and I will send you an email so you can send me a photo. I would love to share your dino with the others who I've added to the post.

Oct 15, 2017 12:53 PM #113
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Cassandra Perez

Where did you buy the barges rubber cement? Do you think elmers rubber cement would work too?Thanks!!Cassandra

Oct 17, 2017 04:01 PM #114
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Cassandra:  I didn't use rubber cement...one of the other commenters did. I used hot glue. I have no idea about the Elmer's....sorry.

I'm sure a google search would tell you where you can get it.

Oct 18, 2017 10:24 AM #115
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