Cardboard Dog Costumes

Meet our models (left to right): Harriet, Milly, Eli, and Schuester

Because as the old adage goes: Everything is better with a dog.

They greet you with a wagging tail, even if you’ve only been gone 10 minutes. They binge Netflix with you and never hog the remote. They happily take the fall when a guest asks what that smell is (it can’t have always been the dog, Steve).

It’s time to put man’s best friend centre stage and let them be the star they are with these fun cardboard costumes for dogs.

 

To make these dog costumes, you’ll need:

  • Our costume guides
  • Cardboard boxes (we recommend picking some up from the Box Shop, but we might be a little biased)
  • A box cutter and/or scissors*
  • A cutting mat or a couple of chopping boards (you probably don’t want angel wings carved into your table)
  • Craft glue
  • Elastic.

*All cardboard cutting should be done under adult supervision or by a responsible adult (i.e. before you crack that bottle of red, not after).

 

Important Note:

These costumes are only fun if your doggo enjoys them too. If they experience any kind of distress while wearing a costume, please stop immediately. Dogs uncomfortable with wearable costumes may be best suited to outfit #2 (the Kissing Booth Doggo).

 

Sunflower Dog Costume

You are my sunshine, my only sunshine. If your best friend lights up your life, give them a real cheerful glow with a happy sunflower costume.

Sunflower Eli Sunflower Schuester Sunflower Harriet

Top tip: Cutting an opening through one of the petals might help your sunflower fit onto your doggo’s neck. 

Download:

Small Sunflower Costume Medium Sunflower Costume Large Sunflower Costume

Sizes are approximate, based on our (adorable) models. Measure your own dog for more accurate results.

Step-by-Step Guide to Making Your Sunflower Dog Costume:

  1. Cut out flower, leaving centre hole for dog’s head
  2. Fold petals inward for depth-
  3. Use elastic string to keep in place if necessary

 

Kissing Booth Dog Costume

Pucker up and plant a smooch on your favourite pooch in this adorable kissing booth setup. Who could resist a face like that?

Kissing Booth Milly Kissing Booth Harriet

Warning: Kisses may be sloppier than they appear.

Download:

Small Kissing Booth Medium Kissing Booth Large Kissing Booth

Sizes are approximate, based on our (adorable) models. Measure your own dog for more accurate results.

Step-by-Step Guide to Making Your Kissing Booth Dog Costume:

  1. Cut out the backboard, panels, sign, hearts, and supports
  2. Cut a head-shaped circular hole in the backboard at your dog’s height
  3. Decorate backboard
  4. Glue backboard and panels to supports
  5. Decorate sign
  6. Glue sign to panels
  7. Glue hearts to backboard and panels
  8. Tip: Use treats to lure your doggo into poking their head through the hole!

 

Angel Dog Costume

Feel like your sweet pooch was sent from above? Make it official and give them the wings they deserve with our angel dog costume. Victoria’s Secret supermodel, much?

Angel Harriet Angel Harriet 3

Our model wears a size S angel outfit. 

Download:

Small Angel Costume Medium Angel Costume Large Angel Costume

Sizes are approximate, based on our (adorable) models. Measure your own dog for more accurate results.

Step-by-Step Guide to Making Your Angel Dog Costume:

  1. Cut out halo, halo brace, wings back brace, and wings
  2. Glue wings to wings back brace
  3. Glue halo brace to back brace
  4. Glue halo to halo brace
  5. Glue elastic to front and back of back brace
  6. Attach to dog by tying elastic around neck and chest

 

Dinosaur Dog Costume

Jurassic Park has nothing on this toothy T-rex doggo. Your furry buddy will roar their way into many a heart dressed in our dinosaur dog costume.

Dino Douglas Crocco Harriet

Disclaimer: If you’re artistically challenged like us, your dino doggo might look more like a crocodile. But hey, there’s nothing wrong with a crocco doggo either! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Download:

Small Dinosaur Costume Medium Dinosaur Costume Large Dinosaur Costume

Sizes are approximate, based on our (adorable) models. Measure your own dog for more accurate results.

Step-by-Step Guide to Making Your Dinosaur Dog Costume:

  1. Cut out head, teeth, eyelids, eyeballs, tail, spikes, and arms (see guide)
  2. Glue eyelids to top of eyeballs
  3. Glue eyeballs and teeth to head
  4. Glue spikes to the head and tail
  5. Glue arms to front of tail
  6. Fold head in half to fit the top of your dog’s head and neck
  7. Fold sides of head so the centre sits on top of your dog’s head, and the sides hang down
  8. Do the same to the tail, but to fit your dog’s back
  9. Attach elastic where necessary to secure the costume

 

Pirate Ship Dog Costume

Ahoy, me hearties! It’s time to set sail with your first mate in this senseational pirate ship fit for a captain. Let’s hope they don’t take the ‘poop deck’ too literally, the scurvy dog

Pirate Ship Douglas

Unfortunately our demo pirate ship was too small for our models. But our toy pooch, Douglas, shows how the ship should be worn. (And he was a little more cooperative than our real doggos!)

Download:

Small Pirate Ship Costume Medium Pirate Ship Costume Large Pirate Ship Costume

Sizes are approximate, based on our (adorable) models. Measure your own dog for more accurate results.

Step-by-Step Guide to Making Your Pirate Ship Dog Costume:

  1. Cut out ship sides
  2. Fold fronts of ship sides in to meet at a point and glue together to create front of ship
  3. Use a box* the width of your dog (or make one) to create back of ship (see guide) by gluing ship sides to either side
  4. Cut cannon flaps (optional)
  5. Cut out flag pole
  6. Cut out flag
  7. Decorate flag (be as creative as you like!) and glue to flag pole
  8. Glue flag pole with flag to the box
  9. Attach elastic where necessary to secure the costume

*A tissue box or shoe box works well for step 3. 

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