For this weeks post I though I would mix it up and show my DIY halloween costume for this year. My boyfriend and I decided this year to go as the slinky dog from Toy Story. This costume was fairly easy to make, inexpensive, and would make a great last minute costume idea. But before we jump into the costume, make sure that you subscribed to my blog to get email updates every time I post, and follow me on Instagram @GutsyFeeling to get more updates from me on my day to day life. I also started a Pinterest account that has more content from me. Go on over and follow me and I’m sure you will not be disappointed.
What You Will Need
– Large Slinky (This one is 7″ from Amazon) (small will work too if it’s last minute)
– Brown Shirts
– Brown Felt
– Dog Ears (or DIY your own with brown felt and a head band)
– Hot Glue Gun
– Needle and Thread
– Metal Wire (jewelry wire or thicker)
– Black Pompoms
– Grey String
– Silver Spray Paint (optional)
Step 1: Slinky Prep
When we were searching for large slinky’s we could only find rainbow colored ones and so we decided to spray paint it silver. This took a bit of time and effort but it turned out really nice. Make sure to do this in layers and switch the position of your slinky between each layer of paint so that you are getting silver in all crevasses.
Once your slinky is painted you are going to want to stand with your partner and see how much slinky you are going to want to have between you. Odds are you will need to tie portions of the slinky together that way your slinky doesn’t sang and hit the floor. As you can see in the image below I tied off a section on each side of the slinky with ribbon so that the slinky would have less distance between us.
Step 2: Shirt Pockets
When we decided on this costume we had to think of a way that would allow us to detach the slinky so that we didn’t have to be next to each other the entire time. We decided on making a pouch for the slinky to sit it in out of felt. For the person who is the front of the dog, the pouch will be on the back, and for the person who is the back of the dog, the pouch will be on the front. At first, we thought there may need to be a button or closure to hold the slinky in, but we found that the weight of the slinky itself in the pouch kept it snug in the pouch.
For this step, you are going to need each person to put their shirt on and pin where they want the pocket on their shirt. Once, that is determined, you can use either needle and thread (we used a sewing machine), or hot glue to adhere the felt to the shirt to make a pocket. Make sure that you adjust your pocket size based on your slinky size.**
Step 3: Accessories
Once the shirts are done you will need to make your ears and tail. I was able to buy some dog ears for cheap from my dollar store that work perfectly. But, if you don’t have dog ears it would be very easy to diy with some felt and a head band. You will simply need to cut out long, floppy dog ears and hot glue them to a head band.
For the tail of the slinky dog it appears to also be a slinky. So, what we decided to do was to take some metal jewelry wire and twist it around to make it look almost like a slinky. From there, we hot glued a few black pompoms to the end, which also helped to get rid of the pointy end of the metal. To attach the tail you can either buy an inexpensive clip, use a clothes pin, or tie it to the belt loop on your pants. We used a clip that we found lying around and hot glued the metal wire to the clip.
Step 4: Makeup
Once, the costume is complete it is time to have fun with the makeup. I decided to place a black dot on the end of my nose and add some whiskers. You can make this as simple or as crazy as you want and their are tons of tutorials of this online. I decided to make mine fairly simple, but I think it definitely pulled the whole costume together.
In the end, I think this costume turned out super cute and it costed up less than $50 collectively for the costume. This is a super easy costume and also great for a last minute idea. So, if you enjoyed this post and want to see more from me and future guest writers, make sure that you subscribed to my blog to get email updates every time I post, and follow me on Instagram @GutsyFeeling to get more updates from me on my day to day life.
Have a spooky Halloween,
Your Trusty Gutsy Gal xx