How to Make a Homemade Cow Costume for a Three Year Old Boy
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Turn your preschooler into an adorable little cow.

Your 3-year-old has landed a role in his preschool's version of Old MacDonald's Farm, or maybe your little man simply wants to go trick-or-treating as a cow. It is hard to question the rationale of a toddler. Either way, you want to try your hand at creating his costume, but you don't even own a sewing machine, let alone know a bobbin from a treadle. You can whip up a DIY cow costume that is uncomplicated but oh-so-cute when you start with clothing you may already own.


  1. 1
    Cut two identical six-inch ovals and a six-inch by one-inch rectangle out of black felt and set them aside. Cut varied shapes with rounded edges out of the remaining felt. Affix the black felt shapes to the sweatshirt and sweatpants using a hot glue gun.
  2. 2
    Glue one of the pair of ovals to the hood or hat just above the spot that will cover your child's right ear. Glue the second oval on the opposite side of the hood or hat to create a pair of bovine ears. Don't worry if the ears droop, as this makes them look more cow-like.
  3. 3
    Cut the length of yarn into several one- to two-inch pieces. Glue the pieces vertically to the end of the felt rectangle to create a tail. Fasten the tail to the seat of the sweatpants using the hot glue gun.
  4. 4
    Dress your little guy in the sweatsuit and hat. Place the gloves on his hands and socks and shoes on his feet.
  5. 5
    Cover your tot's face in white makeup. Draw black circles around his eyes and fill them in with black makeup. Paint a large black or pink circle around his nose and mouth to mimic a cow's muzzle.


  • If desired, place a black dog collar around your child's neck and hang a lightweight bell from the center of the collar.

Things You'll Need

  • White sweatpants and sweatshirt with hood or a white beanie
  • One to two feet of black felt
  • One foot of black or white yarn
  • Black knit gloves
  • Black socks
  • Black shoes
  • Hot glue gun
  • Face paint

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Categories: Education and Communications

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