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Cheap & Easy Halloween DIY Pet Costume: Puppaccino

Posted 2020-11-12

Halloween is fast approaching, but there is still plenty of time to make this adorable costume for your furkiddo! We have created an easy DIY Pet Costume so you can arrive at the #NHVhalloweendancepawty in style! Read along with the steps below or follow along with the video.

The Materials You Need Are:

  • Hot glue gun
  • White faux fur or white fabric (cut into strips 3 3/4 inches wide and the length at least double the circumference of your pet’s neck)
  • Scissors
  • Utility knife
  • Cutting mat
  • Styrofoam ball
  • Cardboard roll from paper towel
  • Green felt
  • White ribbon
  • White t-shirt
  • Graphic print-outs (click here to download the PDF)

Steps

Before You Start

Before you buy materials, it is important to measure your pet first.

For the hat, measure the distance between your pet’s ears. This distance is the diameter of the Styrofoam ball you will need. If you cannot find this exact size, choose a size smaller than this distance.

Measure the width and length of your pet’s back to print the graphics for the shirt to fit your pet.

Part 1 – The Whip Cream Collar

Step 1
On your white faux fur or white fabric that is already cut to size, use a permanent marker to mark where you will cut rectangular holes on the backside of the fabric. The holes will be 1/2 an inch from the edge of the fabric along the top and bottom.

Note: For smaller pets, the holes should be 1/2 inch wide and spaced 2 inches apart. For larger pets, the holes should be 1 inch wide and spaced 4 inches apart. The height of the hole should match the height of the ribbon you are using.

Once all the holes are marked, use a utility knife (and a cutting mat) to cut out the rectangular holes.

Halloween DIY Pet Costume Puppacino - measuring for the holes

Step 2
Fold the faux fur or fabric in half width-wise, with the front side facing out so that the holes along the top and the bottom line up. Feed the ribbon through the first hole and begin folding the fabric accordion-style and feeding the ribbon through each hole. Trim the ribbon to be long enough to tie around your pet’s neck plus extra.

Halloween DIY Pet Costume Puppacino - accordion fold

Step 3
Loosen the accordion folds slightly and try tying the collar around your pet’s neck. Loosen the folds until the faux fur wraps all the way around the neck. Trim the excess ribbon if needed.

Halloween DIY Pet Costume Puppacino - putting on hat

Part 2 – The Straw and Whip Cream Hat

Step 1
Cut the Styrofoam ball in half and glue a piece of felt to the flat side. Trim the excess felt from around the Styrofoam.

Step 2
Take the cardboard tube and trim it to be a couple inches shorter. Take more of the green felt and glue it to wrap around the tube to make the tube look like a green straw. Then glue the bottom of the tube to stand on the Styrofoam ball.

Halloween DIY Pet Costume Puppacino - gluing on straw

Step 3
Glue the faux fur or white fabric to wrap around the straw and around to the base of the Styrofoam ball. You will want to glue every few inches and bunch the fabric to make to resemble the wavy texture of whip cream.

Halloween DIY Pet Costume Puppacino - gluing on fabric or faux fur

Step 4
Cut to pieces of ribbon that are more than long enough to tie around your pet’s chin from the base of the hat. Glue one end of each ribbon to the felt side of the ball on opposite sides to create the straps and trim any excess ribbon if necessary.

Halloween DIY Pet Costume Puppacino - finished hat

Part 3 – The Cup Shirt

Step 1
Print the cup graphics (see materials list for the link to download) at a size that will fit your pet. You can either print them on standard printer paper or on iron-on transfer sheets that can be found at craft or hobby stores. Trim the excess paper around the graphics.

Step 2
Try the t-shirt on your pet with the front side of the t-shirt on their back so that the label on the inside of the shirt will be on their chest and not as visible. Using the permanent marker, mark a dot in the middle of their back between the shoulder blade for reference.

Step 3
Lay the t-shirt on a table, front-side up. Glue the logo graphic on the shirt with the top of the logo covering the dot marked.

Halloween DIY Pet Costume Puppacino - shirt graphics

Step 4
Glue the flavor details label to the right of the logo with the top of the labels roughly lining up with the center of the logo. Feel free to add some markings to the flavor details label using your permanent marker to describe your pet before gluing it to the shirt.

And, you’re done!

Halloween DIY Pet Costume Puppacino - finished costume

Now you’re ready to put the shirt, collar, and hat on your pet and let them strut their stuff! Tag us in pictures of your furkiddo wearing their DIY Puppaccino (or Fluffaccino for our feline friends) costume! Don’t forget to enter our #NHVhalloweendancepawty on Instagram to receive a 10% off coupon! The last day to enter the #NHVhalloweendancepawty is October 31st, 2020!

Reminder: While Halloween can be really spooky and fun, it is really important to keep your pets away from chocolate and candies. If your pet does eat some sweets, take them to the vet right away. After they have been seen by the vet, you can give your pet Milk Thistle to help their liver process the toxins in the chocolate.

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