Lion Costume

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by Amy Hartman, A.C. Moore, Manahawkin, NJ

Lion Costume

Create the Lion Costume - on its own or as part of a circus theme with family using the Gypsy Fortune Teller, Ringmaster, Circus Strongman or Clown costumes available on A.C. Moore's website!

Project Details

  • Level:advanced
  • Time:3+ hours

Project Instructions

  • 1
    Follow the instructions on the back of the bottle of Rit for dying t-shirt Tan.
  • 2
    To create the wig, cut three strips from the foam board. One strip should be 4 inch x 8 inch, the second strip should be 20 inch x 8 inch and third should be 6 inch x 8 inch (the last strip will be used later for the tail).
  • 3
    Wrap yarn around 4 inch strip 10 times, pulling yarn from all skeins at once. Tie one side with a piece of yarn, and then cut the other side. Repeat, ending with two sections of 4 inch for the bangs. Repeat this entire step using the 20 inch piece of foam board this time. You will need 7 sections total.
  • 4
    Cut the brim of the painters cap off.
  • 5
    Glue the 4 inch bangs across the front of the cap (where the brim was cut off), about 2 inch above the edge of the cap.
  • 6
    With the center knot of each section, glue yarn bundles down the center of the cap.
  • 7
    To create fullness of lion’s mane, simply trim from the long ends of the main and spot glue the sections to fill the cap and glue all around. Note: use a 7 inch Styrofoam ball to keep the painters cap steady while gluing yarn to cap!
  • 8
    Use template to cut out Camel and Ivory felt for ears. Glue four Camel pieces together for each ear, so the ears will stand up. Glue Ivory felt piece to inside of ear. Part yarn for placement of ears and glue in place; move yarn back in place around the ears.
  • 9
    For the Mask, use template to cut out Camel felt. Glue to mask.
  • 10
    Create two large Brown pom poms with Warm Brown yarn and pom pom maker. Glue to center of mask over nose section.
  • 11
    Glue Black pom pom in center of Brown pom poms for nose.
  • 12
    Cut six 2-1/2 inch sections of Black chenille stems. Glue 3 to either side of muzzle (Brown pom poms) for whiskers.
  • 13
    For costume body, cut out template for lion belly and trace on Camel felt and cut out. Glue onto center of t-shirt.
  • 14
    For tail, cut a piece of Camel felt that is 12 inch x 18 inch. Glue Brown cloth wire to long edge of felt. Roll wire end first into a coil. Glue down edge of felt coil. Note: for younger child, cut length of tail shorter.
  • 15
    Using the 6 inch strip, wrap yarn around 10 times, pulling yarn from all skeins at once. Tie one side with a piece of yarn, and then cut the other side. Repeat, ending with 25 bundles of 6 inch for the end of the tail and cuffs.
  • 16
    16.  Glue 5 bunches of yarn to the end of the tail. Glue other end to inside back of shirt.
  • 17
    For cuffs, cut four 6 inch x 10 inch Camel felt rectangles. Fold in half to 3 inch x 10 inch, gluing together. Attach velcro to edges of cuffs, making sure they are on the correct sides to close together properly, fitting them to the size of the wrists and ankles of the child.
  • 18
    Glue 5 bundles of yarn to each of the cuffs.

Project Details

  • Level:advanced
  • Time:3+ hours

Project Supplies

  • Gildan® T-Shirt 100% Cotton Short Sleeve T-Shirt White (Sized to Fit Person Wearing Costume)
  • Rit® 8 oz. Liquid Dye Tan 104131251
  • New Image Group Felt Sheet 9 inch x 12 inch Ivory 104276455
  • New Image Group Felt Craft Pack 36 inch x 36 inch Camel 104276490
  • Nicole™ Crafts Basic Yarn 10 Assorted 104747094 (Brown Tones) (2)
  • Red Heart® Super Saver® Yarn Warm Brown 104212455
  • Lion Brand® Silky Twist Yarn Java 104724632
  • Lion Brand® Fun Fur® Yarn Sandstone 104210419
  • Nicole™ Crafts Lone Ranger Mask White 104277212
  • Nicole™ Crafts Painter’s Cap Cotton White 104216518
  • Nicole™ Crafts Pom Poms 12 pc. 2 inch Black 104276857
  • Nicole™ Crafts Chenille Stems 6 mm 25 pc. Black 104277478
  • Cloth Wire Brown
  • Scissors
  • Nicole™ Crafts Dual Temperature Trigger Glue Gun 104180411
  • Surebonder® All Purpose Stik™ Glue Sticks 4 inch 50 pc. 104737928
  • Velcro® Sew-On for Fabrics 3/4 inch x 30 inch Tan 104236038
  • Elmer’s® Foam Board 20 inch x 30 inch x 1/2 inch White 104132730  FloraCraft® Styrofoam® Brand Foam Ball 7 inch 104183649 (Optional - to Hold Painter's Cap Steady While Gluing Yarn to Cap)
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