13 Easy & Simple DIY Pet Costumes

8 Minute Read
 | Amy Dyck
Updated October 13, 2021

Whether you are gearing up for a spooky Halloween party or just want some adorable and memorable photos, you want a pet costume that is cute, creative, and yet easy enough to put together in minutes.

Quality-made dog clothes can be practical, but for fun events like Halloween, these easy DIY pet costumes for dogs are sure to please, but simple enough that anyone could pull them off (and they don't break the bank).

Additionally, most of these are comfortable enough that even sensitive pets shouldn't have a problem wearing them. Here are 15 Easy, Simple DIY Pet Costumes:

1. Simple Spider Pet Costume

Spider dog, spider dog, does whatever a spider dog does! This simple spider costume is super easy to make and great for dogs who don't like wearing costumes. There's not a big cost involved, and just a short trip to the craft store or dollar store and you should be all set for this one. 

It really is that easy to turn your dog into a spooky Halloween critter. Just keep them off the ceiling, please!

Skills: Twisting Pipecleaners

Materials: Thick black pipe cleaners

2. Beanie Baby Pet Costume

Is your dog or cat cute enough to be a Beanie Baby? It doesn't get any easier than this DIY Ty Beanie Baby costume. Guaranteed you have materials for this at home. In 10 minutes, your dog can have an adorable, creative outfit for tricks (but mostly treats). No tutorial required!

Skills: Virtually none

Materials: Paper, scissors, markers (or printer), cardboard could help for sturdiness

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3. TMNT Costume

Cowabunga, dude! Transform your dog into your favorite heroes in a half-shell! This simple costume can be made with only a few simple materials. To create your dog's ninja turtle costume, just grab an old t-shirt or a dog sweater and a disposable basting pan for the shell. Then just get creative!

Skills: Simple sewing (or hot gluing)

Materials: Foam sheets, old shirt, or dog sweater

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4. Ballerina Costume

If your dog is graceful and elegant, then they need a costume to match. If your dog is a huge clutz, then they can ironically don this adorable ballerina costume. This dog tutu costume is simple, pretty, and unlike kid/baby tutus, its bare underbelly won't get soiled by potty breaks.

Skills: Simple sewing (or hot gluing)

Materials: Fabric elastic, tulle, velcro fastener (although you could skip this part) 

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5. Pinata Pet Costume

Find an old dog sweater. Hot glue fringed strips of crepe paper (or my suggestion would be felt for a more durable costume) to it. That simple. See the full tutorial dog pinata costume

Skills: Hot gluing

Materials: Old dog sweater, crepe paper or felt, hot glue gun

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6. CTO(Chief Treat Officer) Pet Costume

This is so, so easy. Just cut and glue. And did we mention it's absolutely adorable? In just minutes your dog can become a dapper business dog, ready to wheel and deal for his favourite goodies!

Skills: Hot gluing

Materials: Hot gluelue, old tie

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7. Super (Easy) Pet Costume

Dogs are not the hero we deserve, but they are the hero we need! Ever thought your dog or cat would look great in a cape? She totally would. And this DIY superhero costume is so easy, you can make that happen.

Skills: Hot gluing

Materials: Fabric, velcro fasteners, hot glue

simple inexpensive halloween costumesPhoto Credit: Instructables

8. Pet Groom Costume

Want your dog to look sharp on Halloween? Why not try to make your own DIY dog groom costume! This design is easy to wrap around your dog's colour, making it comfortable and secure for your Halloween adventures. 

Not feeling crafty? That's ok, you can create a quicky formal look with the FunDog Tuxedo Bandana.

Skills: Hot gluing

Materials: white and black felt, hot glue, 3 small buttons, scissors, ruler

9. Lego Dog Costume

For dogs who are a little more tolerant of DIY dog costumes, these cute dog costumes and easy DIY Lego brick gets top points for creativity. This is probably the pet DIY costume with the most steps involved on this page, and even then, it's not difficult.

While the original project used foam cylinders, you could easily swap toilet paper tubes or plastic cups for it, and paint could be used instead of foam sheets for colour.

Skills: Hot gluing

Materials: foam sheets (paint or felt would work, too), foam cylinders (or toilet paper tubes), fabric elastic for fastening

puppy costumesPhoto Credit: Fivelegsbetweenus.blogspot

10. Flower Pet Costume

This simple sew flower cute pet costumes are easy if you have some rudimentary sewing skills, but you can also get by just gluing fabric or cardboard "petals" onto an old collar. 

Skills: Simple sewing, hot gluing

Materials: Fabric (or Cardboard) for petals, Fabric elastic (or an old collar)

pet costumes for dogs

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11. Shark Attack Dog Costume

Duun dun...duun dun..dundundundundun. This fun "couples" costume is so easy that even the uncraftiest of dog parents can throw together this simple last-minute costume idea. 

Skills: None!

Materials: Foam board, long strip of stretchy fabric, self-adhesive velcro strips

simple inexpensive halloween costumesPhoto Credit: Wearwagrepeat

12. Ewok Dog Costume

Ok so it's technically a teddy bear costume, but let's call it like it is - a very adorable Ewok costume for dogs. As long as you are willing to sacrifice a stuffed bear, then this costume requires no tools and no skill, and it's heckin' cute!

Skills: None

Materials: A teddy bear or similar stuffed toy that is as tall as your pet

puppy costumesPhoto Credit: Makezine

13. Martini Dog Costume

This is a really inventive idea, but would only work well for pets who don't mind wearing a cone collar (or if your pet already happens to be wearing one). Olives and a skewer can be made with a number of objects you have on hand at home or a few supplies from the craft store.

Skills: none

Materials: clear dog cone collar, foam balls (hockey balls, etc.), non-toxic green and red paint, wooden dowel

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Want more? Check out our gallery of 20 Funny, Creative, & Outrageous Pet Costumes, or check out the Best Pumpkin Treats for Dogs for some dog snacks worth trick or treating for. Happy Howl-oween!

Will your dog or cat be wearing a pet costume this Halloween? Share with us in the comments below.

Written by

Amy Dyck


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