We’ll have another Costumes from Your Closet for all of you humans tomorrow, but today we’re diving into a costume for your pup! I’ve never made a pet costume before, so I thought it would be fun to tackle this year. We’ve been hanging out lots with my aunt’s dog lately, whose name is Vanilla. So naturally, we decided to turn her into a cupcake. Duh. If you want a canine cupcake this Halloween, you can get all of the materials at Michaels — let’s make it!
- 7″ round paper mache box
- various colors of felt
- cotton batting
- natural color scrapbook paper
- 3/4″ elastic
- glue gun
Make Time: 1 Hour
Set aside the lid to your round box and save for another project. Using the lower portion of the box, measure it on your pup and mark the width of its back. Cut away two arched portions so that it will nestle onto your dog’s back.
On either side, cut two slits into the box wide enough to insert the elastic.
Hot glue a bright color of felt around the edge of the round box (you’ll need two sheets). Use a thin line of hot glue to secure the two pieces of felt together.
Stuff some cotton batting down into the felt to help the cupcake keep its shape. Using a needle and thread, sew a gathering stitch to gather large sections of the felt together to form the top of the cupcake. (Make it as tall or short as you like.) Tie off the thread and trim all of the excess felt away from the top.
Cut your paper into rectangles that are 3.5″ tall. Fold the paper accordion style and secure it around the sides of the box with hot glue. On the sections of the box that have cut out arches, cut an arch in the paper that will correspond. Be sure to leave the paper unglued at the slits you made to insert the elastic.
Cut out wavy sections of a complementary color of felt to make the cupcake icing. Working from the bottom of the cupcake toward the top, swirl them around and secure every inch or two with hot glue. The spiral of felt should end at the top center.
Cut out tiny bits of felt for sprinkles and glue them on the top.
Finally, insert a length of elastic into one of the slits you made earlier. Fold it over onto itself and sew in place. Stretch the elastic across and insert into the opposite hole, leaving a bit of slack so that it’s not too tight on your pup. Sew the other end in place as well. Repeat with the other piece of elastic.
Now get your dog dressed up to go trick-or-treating! You guys, it’s a pupcake. How did I not think of that earlier?! For more fun Halloween costume ideas, check out Michaels and the links below! xoxo