I had been watching America’s Next Top Model a lot and apparently having a long neck is an asset so I wanted to make a Halloween costume that would allow me to have a very long neck just for the day. My husband helped me create this giraffe costume and I was thrilled with the way it turned out.
It started with a child’s giraffe costume that happened to fit me around the bust so I cut the legs open and sewed it into a dress. The giraffe hood with the head was cut off and later attached to the top of the neck. The neck was simply a poster board rolled up and covered in material with a hole cut out for my face. The tricky part was securing the top-heavy neck to the collar of my dress but a little hang-down of material and safety pins fixed me up.
I sewed detachable sleeves that went to the floor so I could hold the homemade stilts and then pull the sleeves over them. A little face paint and a slight bend had me all set to be walking on all fours and eating the tops of houseplants everywhere.
My giraffe costume is made up into 6 different pieces. 4 stilts (one for each arm and leg), a neck/head piece, and a body piece. The back legs are construction boots connected to brackets on wood that creates a 3 foot stilt. The front legs are crutches that are extended 3 1/2 feet. All of the legs are covered in eggcrate (bed padding) which is wrapped in yellow sticky paper. Creating the neck starts with a helmet with a broom stick stuck in the top with a giraffe head connected to the top of the broom stick. The neck is a tomato plant holder for a garden wrapped in poster board and then wrapped in yellow sticky paper. The neck and head are stabalized with two lacrosse shafts connected to the neck and extended down my back which has a strap around the shafts and my stomach. The body piece is a eggcrate (bed padding) that is cut to shape wrapped in yellow sticky paper. The back piece stays on with two loops that went under each arm like a backpack.
The challenge of this Homemade Giraffe Costume was to make a long neck that wasn’t so top heavy that it pulled the little guy over. The shoulders, neck, and head were all made of paper mache over a chicken wire base.
I lined the inside with polar fleece to make it more comfortable. Giraffe fabric was glued to the head, polar fleece to the ears, and fuzzy material to the knobs. Paint and googly eyes completed it. PJ’s from the thrift store worked for the body. I sewed small pieces of giraffe fabric to these to complete the costume.
To solve the topple problem I glued a long piece of Velcro to the head piece, sewed its mate to the pants at the back waist – just enough ballast. Of course, the tail always needs a bell! I made another soft hat, thinking this might be too much for a three year old, but he loved it.
For this Giraffe Costume, I altered a free pattern I found online, adding a halter neck and the fishtail skirt (which I thought could imitate a tail). I have no idea what kind of fabric I used, it was just whatever was on sale. It took me about a week to make and cost around $20 with the accessories.
For makeup, I made a stencil and used eyeshadow to put the marks on my face, arms and back. I did my hair up in two buns to imitate ossicones. voila! giraffe.
This Coolest Giraffe Costume is very easy! Ears and ossicones came on a headband I bought from eBay for about a fiver, just clipped my hair over the band to make it look like they were coming out of my head.
Fabric was an effort, couldn't find any giraffe print so just painted onto gold fabric with brown acrylic paint.
Got my housemate to paint onto my skin, painted on a little nose, added extra-long eyelashes, put my hair into an irregular braid, good to go!