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How to Make a Rabbit Costume

By Amy Lyn
From infant to adult, everyone looks cute dressed as a rabbit.

A rabbit costume, in any color, is a cute way to dress up for Halloween or Easter. Rabbit characters in books, movies and TV shows wear all kinds of outfits. You could wear overalls and a little blue jacket, a gray bodysuit or pink footed pajamas -- as long as you wear a pair of rabbit ears and a fluffy tail you will be instantly recognizable.

Making Your Bunny Ears

Place a bead of hot glue at one end of the underside of the headband and press the end of one of the grosgrain ribbons onto it until secure. Wrap the ribbon tightly around the headband from one end to the other. Cut the ribbon and secure that end to the underside of the other side of the headband with a dollop of hot glue.

A rabbit costume is one you can put together at the last minute.

Draw a bunny ear shape on your paper as big or small as you'd like. This is the outer ear. Draw a second rabbit ear shape on your paper, but slightly smaller than the first one. The smaller ear shape is for the inner ear. The tip of the ear shapes should be pointed. The bottom of the ear that is going to attach to the headband should be flat. Cut out the ear shapes.

Lay the outer ear on the paper-backed side of the white felt. Trace around the shape and make four ears and cut them out. Do the same with the inner-ear shape on the light pink felt. You only need two inner ear shapes.

Lay two outer ear shapes flat on your work surface. Remove the paper from the back of one of your inner-ear shapes. Line up the bottom edges of the outer and inner ears and center the inner-ear shape over the outer-ear shape and stick them together. Repeat with the other ear. These are the front of your rabbit ears; the two remaining ear pieces are for the backs of the ears.

Position the two ear front pieces in the center of your headband. Peel back about an inch of paper from the bottom edge of one ear and press it to the underside of the slightly left center of the headband. Repeat with the other ear, applying it slightly right of the center of the headband. Lay the headband flat on your work surface with the front of the ears face down and the paper side up.

Remove the paper from one back ear and one front ear. Line up the ears starting at the top tip and press together. When you reach the edge of the headband, smooth the bottom edge of the back of the ear to the underside of the headband. Repeat on the other ear.

Repeat Step 1, wrapping a second color of ribbon around the headband.

Making Your Rabbit Tail

Even dogs like to get into the rabbit act.

Draw a 4-inch circle on the cardboard for your tail. Cut out the circle.

Glue the pin back to the center-back of the cardboard circle. Let dry and flip over.

Apply hot glue over the front of your cardboard circle. Press a handful of cotton batting onto the glue. Add more glue and batting as necessary.

Tip

If you can't find sticky-back felt you can always use regular felt and hot glue. If you want to be a basic rabbit, wear your regular clothes, pin the tail to your behind and slide the rabbit ear headband in place.

About the Author

Amy Lyn has more than 20 years of experience in marketing and development. She has worked with nonprofit, arts, education and technology organizations. Lyn holds a B.A. in journalism from the University of Massachusetts.