Donkey Costume – Home made, cheap and easy

There are many occasions when children (or adults) need to dress up and it need not cost the Earth! Today I am going to show you how quick, simple and cheap it can be to make a donkey outfit. I made ours for festival attire, but I can see that this could come in very handy for the Christmas nativity, Easter or any other donkey occasion.Home made donkey costumes

The donkey basic costume

First of all quite simply – wear grey clothes.

I was originally going to put my boys in their school trousers or shorts because it was just for one day dress up. Turns out they already had grey in their wardrobes! My older of the 2 didn’t want to wear shorts in the end so wore black trousers (the casual comfy kind) and this worked too! For myself and my husband I just popped on e-bay and order some grey clothes (not too expensive as I just wanted plain too).Home made donkey costumes

The donkey head gear

I quite simply cut some strips out of an old cereal box and painted them grey. Once dry, I then stapled them together to make them longer, fitted it around the wearer’s head and stapled it together (like a headband).

Next I drew some donkey ears on more of the cereal box, cut them out and painted them grey. Once dried I glued the outside facing part of the cereal box to some paper (this was to make it easier to cover) and then painted it grey. When completely dry I then cut the ears out and stapled them to the headband.

Finally I glued some scrunched up pieces of pink tissue paper to the inside of the ear.Home made donkey costumes

The Donkey Tail

Originally I had this idea to sew on some black ribbon to the back of an oversized t-shirt (which I had tied at the back to make a tail shape) – but ran out of time before the festival. I did paint some more strips of cereal box grey and simply glued on some wool. I used grey – because that is what colour my neighbour had. I tried using a safety-pin to attach this to my son’s clothes but it bent when he sat down – so instead I used a wooden clothes peg.Home made donkey costumes

I guess you could also add face paint too.

Have you any donkey costume ideas?

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