How to Make an Elephant Costume

    by Liza Hollis

    About the Author

    Liza Hollis has been writing for print and online publications since 2003. Her work has appeared on various websites, including and Hollis earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and mass communication from the University of Florida.


    Costumes from a store can be expensive, ill-fitting and poorly made, not to mention that it can be difficult to find the exact character you are searching for, such as an elephant. Making your own ensemble not only saves money, but lets you customize the fit, color and style. An elephant costume can be custom crafted out of materials that you probably have at home, or that can easily be found at your local craft or thrift store.

    Things You'll Need

    • Gray sweat shirt and pants
    • Baseball cap
    • 2 yards of gray fabric
    • Batting
    • Gray thread
    • Sewing needle
    • Cardboard
    • Fabric glue
    • Black paint or large googly eyes
    • Utility knife

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    Cut piece of cardboard that is at least 12 inches tall and 6 inches wide, or twice as big as the desired size of the ears, in half so you have two equal pieces.

    Trace the shape of an elephant ear on each piece of cardboard. It should look something like a kidney bean.

    Cut out the ear shape in each piece of cardboard with a utility knife.

    Cover each ear in gray fabric using fabric glue.

    Glue gray fabric on the baseball cap.

    Sew the ears on to the sides of the baseball cap.

    Cut a tapered cylinder or tube shape in the gray fabric, and sew the sides together to form the shape of an elephant trunk.

    Stuff the trunk with batting and sew closed.

    Sew the trunk on to the bill of the baseball cap.

    Glue googly eyes to the front of the cap or use black paint to draw large eyes.

    Cut two matching pieces of material into the shape of an elephant tail and sew the pieces together, leaving an opening at the base.

    Stuff the tail with batting and sew it to the center of the seat of the sweatpants.

    • Add tusks and toenails using white felt cut into the appropriate shapes and glued on, if desired.
    • Don't make the ears too big or they will flop instead of standing out from the baseball cap.