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.

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:

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:

 

 

 

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Hope:   Thank you so much for taking the time to come back and tell me how happy you are with your dino!  Made my day!  I'm adding your pics to the post like I did the others who shared.  You did a great job!

Nov 03, 2015 05:06 AM #84
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mara

hi, it's a really great pattern. i would like to make one for my son too. what is the thickness of the foam that you used for the head? thanks

Feb 25, 2016 05:31 AM #85
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Mara

The foam  I used was a remnant from Joanne Fabrics. It was 1 1/4" thick.

If you do make the costume and send me a pic, I will add it with the others I shared.

Feb 25, 2016 05:38 AM #86
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Amanda-Leigh

Sharon - thanks for your tutorial! I combined yours and a couple others to make our dinosaur costume. I'm not finished with it yet, but once I do get finished, I'll shoot you a picture :)
Thanks so much for the tutorial, especially the head! It helped so much!

Aug 22, 2016 12:21 AM #87
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Amanda-Leigh  Awesome!  I cannot wait to see it. I will add the pic to the post so others can see it. Thank you!

Aug 22, 2016 12:49 AM #88
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Courtney sanders

Any chance could I pay you to make one for my 4 yr old nephew

Sep 28, 2016 06:07 AM #89
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Courtney:   I wish it were that simple. Sorry, but it's a labor of love....far too time consuming to be something I could sell.  I can't even begin to figure how to put a price on it.

If you know anyone who is the least bit creative, they should be able to follow my instructions and make it.

Sep 28, 2016 06:36 AM #90
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Andrea

Love it. Where did you buy the foam?

Oct 05, 2016 08:28 AM #91
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Andrea:  I got the foam at JoAnn Fabric. I bought a roll of it from the remnant section. It was 1 1/4" thick.  See comment #71 for a picture of it.

Oct 06, 2016 01:36 AM #92
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Aisha

Do you have a tutorial for the triceratops head piece you made for your daughter?

Oct 24, 2016 05:20 AM #93
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Aisha:   Sorry but I didn't make that costume. It was shared by someone who used my tutorial to make their own costumes.

Oct 24, 2016 06:16 AM #94
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Melanie

I love this costume! I'm trying to make this. It I'm having the darnedest time hot flying the foam to the plastic of the helmet. Sharon, or anyone else, any helpful hints or tips?

Oct 24, 2016 05:19 PM #95
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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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