DIY Tutorial - How to Make a Dragon Halloween Costume

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DIY Tutorial - How to Make a Dragon Halloween Costume

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We love Halloween around here. Mostly because it allows us to be super creative and silly. Each year we think of a new theme and make our costumes around that theme. This has become one of our favorite family traditions. It allows us to tackle new challenges and make lasting memories together. It's hard to believe we have 10+ years of DIY Halloween costumes under our belt and we're still going strong. 

This year for Halloween we picked a Mythical Chacater theme, which includes a gnomeunicorn, and fairy.

Here is the DIY tutorial on how to make a dragon costume.

WINGS

Materials:

Links to buy the supplies you will need:

 

Instructions:

IZZAROO - DIY Tutorial - Dragon Halloween Costume

For the dragon wings and body/tail, we drew and cut the patterns from large paper, we like the large rolls of painter paper available at Home Depot. The wings are the width of our son's arms spread outward from wrist to wrist, with the wings' height going from our son's neck to behind his knees. The body/tail pattern is 6" wide and goes from the top middle of the wings to our son's ankles, the length can be adjusted to the preferred height of the child. Now we have the paper patterns to cut the felt.

IZZAROO - DIY Tutorial - Dragon Halloween Costume

Trace the paper patterns onto the red felt. Cut out the wings and body/tail from the red felt.

IZZAROO - DIY Tutorial - Dragon Halloween Costume

Cut out a row of body spikes from the yellow felt to match the height of the tail but stop the spikes 9" short from the tip of the tail to allow room to sew the spikes into the red body/tail piece.

IZZAROO - DIY Tutorial - Dragon Halloween Costume

Pin the row of yellow spikes in the center of the red body/tail. With the red body/tail pinching the yellow spikes, sew down the center on backside of red body/tail to capture yellow spikes.

IZZAROO - DIY Tutorial - Dragon Halloween Costume

Cut wing panels from the yellow felt. The shapes can vary. The yellow wing panels are sewn to the red wings on the backside (away from the body) only.

IZZAROO - DIY Tutorial - Dragon Halloween Costume

The body/tail piece is sewn to the wings between the yellow wing panels. Be sure to leave space under the body/tail piece to allow the body/tail to be stuffed with poly-fil.

IZZAROO - DIY Tutorial - Dragon Halloween Costume

Once the body/tail piece is sewn to the wings, a neck strap is required to hold the wings up closer to the body.

IZZAROO - DIY Tutorial - Dragon Halloween Costume

The neck straps are 2" wide by 7" long, adjust the length by child's size. Hook/loop tape is sewn to the neck straps to attach the two ends of the neck straps. The 1/4" elastic is sewn into two loops at both ends of the wings to become the wrist loops for the child.

IZZAROO - DIY Tutorial - Dragon Halloween Costume

The body/tail is then stuffed with poly-fil. Our son used his light saber to push the poly-fil into the body/tail piece. Then sew the body/tail shut at the top to keep in the poly-fil.

IZZAROO - DIY Tutorial - Dragon Halloween Costume

Your dragon wings are done! Our son loved flapping his wings with the wrist loops.

MASK 

Materials:

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Instructions:

IZZAROO - DIY Tutorial - Dragon Halloween Costume

Our son loves dragons. He was so excited to create a dragon costume for Halloween.

IZZAROO - DIY Tutorial - Dragon Halloween Costume

Create a cardboard ring around the head to be the main base of the mask.

IZZAROO - DIY Tutorial - Dragon Halloween Costume

Our son wanted to look out through the dragon's eyes.

  • Cut a piece of cardboard to create the forehead and top of the mouth.
  • Cut the cardboard for a row of teeth that is the same length as the circumference of the top of mouthpiece.
  • Cut a nose bridge from the cardboard.

IZZAROO - DIY Tutorial - Dragon Halloween Costume

  • Hot glue the row of teeth to the outer edge of the top of mouth piece.
  • Hot glue the nose bridge in the center of the top of mouthpiece.

IZZAROO - DIY Tutorial - Dragon Halloween Costume

The forehead section of the top of mouth piece is glued to the head band.

IZZAROO - DIY Tutorial - Dragon Halloween Costume

A top band is added to the head band to keep the mask on our son's head.

  • Cut two side ears/horns then glue them to the head band and top of mouth piece.

IZZAROO - DIY Tutorial - Dragon Halloween Costume

  • A brow is cut from cardboard to add above the nose bridge for more detail.
  • The bottom jaw is created from cut cardboard piece to make the bottom of the mouth
  • Add a row of teeth
  • Add two side wing pieces.

IZZAROO - DIY Tutorial - Dragon Halloween Costume

The assembled bottom jaw is glued to the upper mouth by gluing the two side wing pieces to the sides of the top jaw.

IZZAROO - DIY Tutorial - Dragon Halloween Costume

We added two cut ovals as nostrils for an extra detail.

IZZAROO - DIY Tutorial - Dragon Halloween Costume

The mask is now ready to paint.

  • Our son wanted to be a red dragon.
  • He left the teeth the white color of the cardboard for a fierce look.
  • The inside of the mouth is painted black.
  • A red felt tongue is added inside the mouth for the final touch.

IZZAROO - DIY Tutorial - Dragon Halloween Costume

IZZAROO - DIY Tutorial - Dragon Halloween Costume

This costume was 1 of 4 mythical character themed costumes we made for our family this year. Check out tutorials for the gnomeunicorn, and fairy costumes.

IZZAROO - DIY tutorials - Mythical Characters

Did you know we make our costumes every year?! See all our past Halloween costumes for more fun ideas.

For extra help making your costumes, see the video tutorials on our YouTube channel.

I hope this inspires you to #CREATEmore and make lasting memories for your family. I would love to hear your thoughts, comments, questions in the comments section below.

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