Costume Ideas for Clouds

By Marybeth Kufen

For a clever homemade costume idea, create a rain cloud. Choose from a variety of possibilities to make one from a variety of materials. Whether you sew at an advanced level, or you prefer a no-sew option, you can create a one-of-a-kind storm cloud, rain cloud or rainbow and cloud costume for an adult or child.

Cardboard Cloud Costume

Kids can help with a no-sew cloud costume idea because it is simple to put together. Make two cloud shapes out of cardboard and wear them like a sandwich board. Wear this costume with a white T-shirt, white shorts or a skirt and rainbow-striped socks or tights. Give yourself two days to make this costume to allow for drying time of the paint and glue.

Deconstruct the box so you have two pieces of cardboard that are approximately 2 by 2 feet in size.

Draw a cloud shape on one of the pieces of cardboard. Cut it out with scissors.

Trace the cloud shape on the other piece of cardboard and cut it out.

Paint the two cloud shapes white and allow them to dry completely.

Cut the piece of white ribbon in half to make two 18-inch pieces and set them aside.

Measure the width of the shoulders of the person wearing the costume and mark it down. Mark two dots on one of the clouds this width apart, about 2 inches down from the top edge of the cloud shape. Use your craft knife or box cutter to cut slits at both of these dots. Repeat on the other cloud in the same spot.

Thread the ribbon pieces through the slits to make shoulder straps. Insert the end of one piece of ribbon into one of the slits and tie a knot. Insert the other end through the corresponding slit on the other cloud and secure with a knot. Repeat on the other side of the cloud shapes with the second length of ribbon.


Make sure to tie the ribbons so that the white sides of the clouds are facing out.

Cover the cloud shapes with white polyfill stuffing. Pull the stuffing apart and glue small pieces of it on the cardboard at a time to create the fluffy look of a cloud.

Quilted Cloud Costume

This costume uses the same sandwich board idea. However, instead of cardboard, quilt two fabric clouds to be worn on the shoulders.

Draw a cloud shape on the poster board and cut it out.

Using the cardboard cloud shape as a pattern, trace two cut-out cloud shapes from the white fabric and two cloud shapes from the fleece.

Lay one piece of fleece and one piece of white fabric on top of each other. Pin them together. Sew around the cloud using a 1/4-inch seam allowance, leaving a 3-inch opening.

After sewing, turn the cloud inside-out through the opening. Press the cloud and hand-stitch the opening closed.

Quilt the cloud in any manner you desire by sewing through both layers of fabric.

  • Create quilted swirls or scallops.  
  • Quilt a criss-cross pattern with straight lines.
  • Quilt smaller cloud shapes.

Repeat these steps to make the other cloud.

Sew ribbon shoulder straps to the tops of the clouds.

Storm Cloud Hat

This project is very time-consuming, but the end result is so stunning that it is worth the effort. Long lengths of clear crystal beads are strung together to look like raindrops. Then they are suspended from the brim of a hat that has been made to look like a gray cloud.

Paint the straw hat gray with the craft paint. Paint the underside of the brim as well. Allow the hat to completely dry.

Apply layers and layers of gray tulle to the top of the hat to make it look like a fluffy gray cloud. Secure with hot glue.

Cut 40 1 1/4-inch lengths of wire. On each length of wire, make a simple loop on one end, thread a clear bead, and make a simple loop on the other end.

Using the chain nose pliers, open one wire loop on two of the beads. Connect one bead to the other and close the loops with the pliers. Repeat to make a chain using all 40 bead units.

Repeat these steps to make 10 chains of 40 bead units.

To attach a chain to the hat, open a jump ring and thread it through the end wire loop of a chain of beads. Then attach the jump ring to the underside of the brim of the hat and close it tightly with the pliers. The chain of beads will dangle from the underside of the hat brim.

Attach the other chains of beads to the underside of the brim of the hat. The beads will look like raindrops falling from a gray cloud.

About the Author

Based in Philadelphia, Marybeth Kufen has been teaching since 2007, and has been writing education-related articles since 2013. She holds a master's degree in elementary education and is a certified Reading Specialist. Kufen was named Teacher of the Year for her district in 2014.