One thing I love about DIY animal costumes is that my kids use them all year long for pretend play. I’m totally ok spending extra time making DIY costumes knowing the costume will be enjoyed all year round. If you have an animal lover on your hands, this list of 37 DIY animal costumes for kids and adults covers all the bases from farm animal costumes to zoo animal costumes and everything in between. Oh and I love the idea of a group family zoo costume! Anyone?
Farm Animal Costumes
A farm theme is perfect for a family costume or a trunk or treat idea. Adults can go as farmers with overalls and red bananas and then pick a few of these animal costumes for the kids. Or if you have a tractor lover on your hands, this cardboard box tractor costume is a fun one too!
Does it get any cuter than a baby chicken? The answer is no! This DIY chicken costume was made with 2 white feather boas and 2 sets of yellow rubber gloves. For more details, check out Living the Swell Life.
What’s a farm without the cows! Here’s an easy, no sew cow costume that anyone can make in 30 minutes. For the complete tutorial check out Make It and Love It.
This adorable, creative diy horse costume is made from a cardboard box! Don’t miss this hot pink cardboard box horse over at Kid Stuff World too.
This pig costume includes a tutu which is always extra cute! Just add ears and a snout to a light pink hoodie for an adorable, easy pic costume. For the complete tutorial check out Spot of Tea Designs.
This no sew sheep costume is adorable! Just hot glue cotton balls to a white hoodie and cut the sleeves off of the hoodie! For the complete tutorial, check out This Lovely Life.
All you need for a bunny costume is a white leotard, a white tutu, and bunny ears! My daughter insisted on carrying am Easter basket as her candy bag and told everyone she was the Easter Bunny! (Here is the white leotard and bunny accessories my daughter is wearing.)
A spider is not a typical farm animal, but I had to include in this section in honor of Charlotte’s web. How cute would Charlotte and Wilbur be as a sibling costume? For the complete spider tutorial, check out Pretty Providence.
Zoo Animal Costumes
This pink flamingo costume might be my favorite animal costume on the list! All you need are pink boas, felt, sheets of foam, and a hot glue gun! For a step by step tutorial, check out this DIY flamingo costume post.
This panda bear baby costume is super simple to make and involves very little sewing. You can ditch the sewing for hot glue if you’d like! Check out C.R.A.F.T. for the DIY panda bear costume.
Turn a long narrow cardboard box into a crocodile head with this simple tutorial from Evil Mad Scientist.
For a detailed fox costume tutorial, check out Taylor Made Creates.
How cute is this tiny moose? And how smart is it to use gloves as moose antlers? For the full tutorial, check out the House of Paint.
Safari Animal Costumes
This elephant costume was specifically made to look like Gerald from Piggie and Elephant. My family loves that duo so much we made Elephant and Piggie pumpkins last year! This costume does involve sewing with a pattern but it would be fun for imaginative play all year long! For the complete tutorial, hop on over to Larissa Another Day.
This DIY lion costume is adorable and best of all, it’s a no sew costume! Check out the complete tutorial on Night Owl Blog.
I love that this mama incorporated her daughter’s fore arm crutches into her giraffe costume! For more pictures and details about the costume check out A Life Less Ordinary.
Under the Sea Costumes
This DIY shark costume is made out of a large piece of cardboard and paint. I attached a reusable grocery bag handle to the back of the shark so my son could easily hold the shark. Click here for more DIY shark costume details.
A clear umbrella with streamers attached is the key to this adorable DIY jellyfish costume made by Mariah from Giggles Galore.
It doesn’t get much cuter than a baby octopus costume and I love that this one is made with knee socks!
You can make the cutest little DIY pigeon costume with a paper plate and a mint colored dress! Best part? It will take you less than 3 minutes to paint and put together.
This chicken costume for kids is extra special if your kiddo who loves the book, Interrupting Chicken! It’s also super easy to make. All you need is a cardboard box and paint.
This is the best handmade peacock costume I’ve come across. The onesie and tights are store bought, but the tail feather “belt” is handmade. For more details and pictures, check out Creatively Christy.
DIY Animal Costumes
The following list of cute animal costumes don’t fit into any of the categories above, but they’re too cute not to make the animal costumes for kids list!
These bat capes and hats are perfect for little bat lovers. Find the simple sewing project on Made Everyday.
Alida Makes sewed the cutest toddler hedgehog costume I’ve ever seen. I love that it’s warm and comfortable too. This is one of those costumes that will get used all year long!
What kid doesn’t love lizards? Turn a green hoodie into a lizard with some eyes, nose, and tail! For the lizard costume tutorial, check out Taylor Made Creates.
Adult animal costumes
This awesome Fox costume can likely be put together with clothes from your closet or thrift store. You will need to DIY a mask and tail. This costume was originally found What I Wore tumblr which has since been transitioned into Stars + Field.
Turn a plain orange hooded sweatshirt into a goldfish costume masterpeice with a little hand sewing! Find the complete tutorial on Jenna Brand.
All you need to be a lobster for Halloween is 48 plastic red cups, 15 plastic red plates, tons of clear packing tape, and a lot of patience. For more details about the DIY lobster costume, hop on over to Answering Oliver.
29. Lady Bug
This lady bug costume can be put together in less than 15 minutes once you find the right supplies. Click here for details on how to make an adult lady bug costume.
I love how she up-cycles an old umbrella into a pair of epic bat wings! For a step by step tutorial, check out the Evil Mad Scientist
This no sew wolf hoodie is perfect for a quick, easy Halloween costume. Find the complete tutorial on Lia Griffith.
Have you ever made a DIY animal costume for Halloween? If you’re looking for more DIY Halloween costume ideas, don’t miss these:
Comments & Reviews
Are Fusion says
Awesome ideas. This kind of arts is whole year round so the kids could enjoy wearing cute animal customs and learn from it.
Hi! I just made ‘jellyfish’ umbrella for my 6 yr old son, thank you for the idea.
Elephant Things says
These are brilliant! We have only request – more elephant costumes please.
Jamie Dorobek says
I’ll work on that 🙂
Harry Newman says
Some very creative costumes, this blog was a good read, some very cute pictures ! keep it up
I’m looking for a good costume, and I’m thinking Twitter. Every time I get candy, I yell HASHTAG JUST GOT CANDY!
Homemade costumes are the best!
A rented or store bought costume is just a sign of a lac of imagination and creativity.
How lucky these children are to have such talented mothers
Last year was my sister wedding and she rented a dress, and gues after the wedding who was waring bride dress for halloween ?? me!! hahhaah was really fun, but i fall in love with the dress ♥♥♥
Gwen Biro says
Omg!,, love your creativity! I’d love to swap some ideas with you! My son wants to be a great white for Halloween this year, at least he is giving me more notice than when he decided he needed to be a dolphin the day before a superhero b-day party he was invited to! Seriously, email me back pls!
capturing joy with kristen duke says
so many fun ideas!!!
Alex @ northstory says
I need to show that My Little Pony one to my daughter. That is incredible! Hell they’re all pretty amazing!
Holly and Nat @ My Sister's Suitcase says
Cute roundup! I think my favorite is the giraffe 🙂
Jamie D. says
Thanks! I love the unicorn too 🙂
Bonnie and Trish @ Uncommon says
adorable Jamie! great roundup!!! lovin the little moose!