Check out how I created some accessories and worked some amateur face painting skills to create semi homemade DIY Cheetah Halloween costumes for my 7 and 9 year olds.
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This will be the 9th year that I’ve created DIY costumes for my girls! Sometimes they were based on a hoodie or vinyl added to a t-shirt but this year I used a cheetah print dress as the base and created some accessories to finish the look.
DIY Cheetah Halloween Costumes:
- Cheetah Dress
- Cheetah Fabric
- White fur
- Belt (I got this 3 set from Target so one girl has the cheetah print and the other has black)
- Black Felt
- Cat headband (got this black one at Dollar Tree)
- Face paint kit
- Face painting brush set
- Black Gloves
- Pink Heat Transfer Vinyl (I used Siser brand in Bubble Gum Pink)
- Needle and thread
- Hot Glue Gun
I grabbed this black cat headband at the Dollar Tree to use as the base for my cheetah. After cutting an ear shape from a scrap of paper to make a template, tracing the template 4 times (2 were mirrors front to back) to create cheetah ears and sewing it together, it was ready to add to this headband base.
The addition of some white fur made it a little more cheetah like.
Stuff to make a little thicker and use hot glue to attach it to the headband.
The little white tuffs look so cute when worn, like an inner ear on a cheetah!
To create the tail, cut a long rectangular shape of cheetah fabric, fold it in half and pin some of the white fur to the end.
Sew three of the sides together.
Turn the fabric inside out and add stuffing to give it some shape. Sew a black circle on the end but cut two slits to allow the belt to slide through when worn. How cute is the little white fur on the end?!
To make this cheetah costume paws-itively awesome, I added pink vinyl hearts and ovals to a pair of black stretchy gloves to be cheetah paws.
On Halloween, apply a white and orange base around the face with the sponge included in the kit. Use the round nylon face paint brushes to create the cheetah face paint pattern shown.
We did an early shoot with this face paint and it came off easily with soap and water. No staining!
The best part about this costume is that the dresses can be worn after the big day!
DIY Halloween Costumes of the past: