Halloween is fast approaching so if you don’t have your costume yet you better hurry up and think of something! Do you like to dress up with your dog for Halloween? I had so much fun coming up with ideas for me and Lucy this year! First up in a multi-post series is a really fun DIY costume that you can put together with items from your own closet and the nearest office supplies store. Read on to see how our Surfer and Shark couples costume came together!
Halloween Couples Costume With Your Dog: Surfer Girl and Shark
A scary labrador shark got a bite out of my surfboard! But I forgive her because she’s so cute! This costume is great because it’s very dog walking friendly. You can easily head out to a Halloween costume parade or join in on trick or treating. It was such an easy costume to create, but it looks so fun that everyone will be asking how you thought of it!
How to DIY A Surfer and Shark Costume for your Dog
Make the Surfboard for your costume
To create this costume I picked up two pieces of foam core board from Staples. I chose neon green for the surfboard and dark grey for Lucy’s shark fin.
To cut out the surfboard: I used a utility knife to cut a slightly rounded point at the top. I traced out “bite marks” at the other end and cut them out, too. To give it more of a surfboard look, I added 3 stripes of bright washi tape down the center.
Make the Shark Fin for Your Dog
First, cut out the fin. To make the shark fin, I sketched a fin shape and cut it out using my utility knife. Once I cut it out I held it up to Lucy and trimmed it down to be a little shorter to fit the length of her back. I cut a second piece of foam core in a little rectangle to use as a support piece under the fabric wrap.
Second, make the fabric wrap. I had this grey fabric left over from another project, but if I were to buy new, I would look for something with stretch in it! Either way, measure your dog at the widest point of their chest and cut the fabric big enough that a few inches overlap. I used self-adhesive velcro (like this) to fasten the ends together. Make sure this fits your dog around the widest point of their ribs, you don’t want it to slide back to their waist because it will fall off.
Third, glue the fin to the fabric. I attached the rectangular support piece of foam core to the underside of the fabric and glued the fin piece to the top using E6000 craft glue.
Tip: Carefully use your utility knife to dissect the foam core at the base of the fin and flay out the cardboard. This will give you a sturdier, wider edge to glue down. You can see how I did it in the detail shot above!
Ready to Get Crafty with other Dog Moms?
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Get the Surfer and Shark costume without the DIY!
If you don’t want to DIY this costume, the supplies to recreate it are very easy to find! I put together an easy list of items all available on Amazon Prime so you can just click to order and be done with your costume! I bet you could also find some supplies at Tuesday Morning. I only mention it because their stores are all dog friendly, so you can take your dog costume supplies shopping with you!
Photos: Rose Colored Creative
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