How To Make A Turkey Costume For A Dog

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The hunt is on— for the cutest costume for your dog, and this turkey may be it.

Featuring a fan of turkey feathers, a beak, a wattle, and even turkey feet, this costume is a whimsical way to dress up your dog for both Halloween and Thanksgiving!

Things You'll Need:

  • Brown, golden, and orange felt

  • Scissors

  • Piece of cardboard

  • Hot glue gun

  • Hook and loop fastener

  • Red or brown infant t-shirt

  • White and black felt

  • Round elastic cord

  • Red felt

Step 1: Make the Feather Fan

Starting with a standard 9-inch by 12-inch sheet of brown felt, use scissors to cut a fan shape with scalloped edges.

Cut a 1-inch by 6-inch piece of cardboard, and hot glue it vertically to the middle of the brown felt. This piece of cardboard will add stiffness to the fan to help keep it upright on your dog's back.

Cut a piece of golden felt in a fan shape with a scalloped edge. This piece should be approximately an inch smaller than the brown piece. Hot glue it on top, and the cardboard is now hidden.

Cut an orange piece of felt in a fan shape that is an inch smaller than the golden piece, and hot glue it on top of the previous layers.

Step 2: Make the Belt

The fan of feathers attaches to a belt which makes it easier to stay on your dog's back. Measure the waist of the dog and cut a 3-inch piece of brown felt to those measurements. Adding an inch or two will give you some flexibility. Sew several strips of hook-and-loop fastener on the ends to help close the belt around your dog's waist.

Tip: If you don't want to sew, just cut a longer piece of felt, so you can tie the ends together instead.

Step 3: Attach the Feathers to the Belt

Hot glue the belt to the bottom of the fan of feathers, only applying glue to the orange section in the middle. By keeping the brown and gold portions unglued, they will stay fanned out, instead of wrapping around your dog's waist.

Step 4: Adorn the Neck Opening

The body of the turkey costume is made up primarily of a red infant t-shirt. An orange or brown shirt will also work. For my dog, who is about 12 pounds, I used a size 12-months t-shirt. You can adjust the size of the shirt depending on your dog. To embellish the t-shirt, cut triangular pieces of gold felt, and hot glue them around the neck opening. These will act as the feathers at the base of the turkey neck.

Step 5: Make the Turkey Feet

Cut two 4-inch pieces of gold felt that are wide enough to wrap around the base of your dog's legs. Sew hook-and-loop fastener to the ends. To avoid sewing, you can also safety pin these around the legs, but be careful not to prick your dog with the pin.

Cut the gold felt into claw shapes. Hot glue them onto the bottoms of the two felt tubes you've already created.

Step 6: Create the Head Piece

Cut a 2-inch by 9-inch piece of brown felt. Then cut a triangle out of yellow felt in which one side is about 7 inches. Hot glue the two pieces together, centering the yellow triangle on the brown strip.

Flip the glued pieces upside down, so that the brown piece is now on top. Cut out two circles from the white felt to create eyes and two smaller black ovals for eyeballs, and hot glue them to the center of the brown piece.

Cut a 4-inch amoeba shape out of red felt, poke a hole at the tip with scissors, and run a piece of elastic cord through the hole. Tie the elastic cord to opposite sides of the beak to make a chin strap with a wattle in the middle.

Step 7: Put All the Pieces Together

When it's time to talk turkey, i.e., dress up your dog, first put on the t-shirt. Then wrap the belt around the waist, and prop up the feather fan so it is upright. Place the head piece over the head, securing it with the chin strap and making sure the wattle is in the middle. Wrap the turkey feet around the base of your dog's legs.

Tip: When taking pictures, the costume looks most like a turkey from the side, or when the head is tilted down.

For double the fun, pair the turkey costume with a pilgrim costume. Make sure the pups get a special treat for being so adorable.