A Dozen Ideas to Make A Tee-shirt into An Animal and More

Do you need a cheap dress-up costume for a school skit or a birthday party activity that the kids will remember and wear long after the gift wrapping paper is thrown away? this post will get you started thinking of ideas that you can make with what you have in the house and a few little extra costumes parts.

Tee-shirt costumes I made that were on display. Peter Pan Tee, Dinosaur Spine Tee-shirt.


Watch this short video below for some inspiring ways to use basic TEE-shirts a pair of animal ears a tail or maybe a visor with a cute animal face.


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Cheap Cow Costume

You can so do this yourself.

  • tee-shirt
  • Cut felt pieces into irregular shapes
  • Use fabric glue or hand sew onto tee-shirt
  • Tail is made from a long scrap of cow pattern fleece. Cut the end for fringe. Use a safety pinned to the back
  • Cow Visor is manufactured. ( No Non’cents Nanna’s Heart Felt Play Store did have these adorable cow face visors in the catalog. They only fit small child heads…unless you want to cut the elastic in the back. Replace it with a long piece of elastic or a string. I do have a few to take to a local Pop up Shop at Tantrums Resale. in Colorado Springs,CO. Feel free to email me to work out a deal if you find these too irresistible.

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Diy cheap cow costume. Manufacture visor


Kids can be the tiger they always wanted to be.
Tiger and cat ears are extremely popular currently with the little girls You can buy this tiger ears and tee shirt package online Click HERE


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Give a big ROAR for Dinosaurs!

Add a back bone spine to your dinosuar costume

Here is a fun Dinosaur Party activity for the birthday boy and 2 guests.

Wear plain or add dino-spots. Top your head with a molded dinosaur hat.


Dinosaur Party of 3 with Tees-shirt and molded dinosaur hats. Click HERE.


Use a paper plate as a template, cookie cutters or stencils to decorate a Tee-shirt.

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Dinosaur stencils

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Does everyone really want to be a cat?

  • Tee-shirt
  • Cat ears Headband
  • Use eye liner to draw on whiskers
  • If you want you can paint your face more elaborately with face paint…it’s you choice just for the fun of it.


Tee-shirt Set: Old Grey Cat Ears sold on-line Heart Felt Play Store for a cheap and easy costume for kids’ play or Halloween. https://no-non-cents-nanna.myshopify.com/products/tee-shirt-set-old-grey-cat-ears


Giraffe Beanie with Child's Tee-shirt



Giraffe Beanie with Child’s Tee-shirt Click HERE


Construction Mini Mosaic Puzzle Set


Construction Hat with Child’s Tee-shirt Set for 3 Click HERE

Use fluorescent duct tape from Dollar Tree to add safety stripes to the shirts and hats.

Below is the beginning of a construction workers shirt. I constructed real fast for an out door event. When I complete the project I will cut down the middle , add more duct tape and have a vest.

When I get this completed I will update.




When your kids act like monkeys let them dress the part with:

I would use an old brown sock. Cut it in half keeping the heel so the tail curls a bit. then sew up so it is skinnier like a monkey tail. Stuff it. Safety pin it to the rear end.

Monkey Visor with Child’s Tee-shirt Click HERE


Monkey Visor with Child's Tee-shirt


Another idea for a tail for a monkey, a cat, a dog etc is to roll up a sock. Then wrap duct tape around it for a tail.


Really Cheap Monkey Costume

  • Tee shirt
  • Cut the corners to round of the corners of a light colored piece of felt or scrap of fabric form what ever you have that you don’t care if you cut up. Maybe an old tee-shirt.This will be the belly. For older monkeys, (not kids) you may want to use a magic marker to draw on a six pack and nipples.
  • Use fabric glue or hand sew on the front of tee-shirt.
  • Cut brown and pink ears out. I used brown and pink felt. You can use a brown paper bag for ears.. Fold the material in half. before you cut. Leave the fold
  • un-cut.
  • Use any headband you have in the house. I get headbands at Dollar Tree. Fold front and back of the ears over the head band . Glue or hand stitch the front and back together.
  • Use an old panty hose leg or brown sock to stuff for the tail.

Really cheap monkey costume



Let’s Give a big ROAR for Dinosaurs!

Kids love dinosaurs every day of the year. Not just for Halloween costumes

How to Give Your Dinosaur Some Back Bone

The mask color did not come out too well in editing the tee-shirt. You can buy Foam Dinosaur Masks in sets of 6 from my Hear Felt Play Store Click HERE

For those who only want one mask…how can you chose? They are so cute. I sell them for $3 each at local Pop Up Shop currently at Tantrums Resale in Colorado Springs, CO. For those of you who really really want just one mask, fell free to start the conversation by emailing HeartFeltPlayStore@Gmail.com Feel free to ask for more ideas on putting together a Dinosaur Dig.

Minimum postage starts at $3. That’s not my idea but the US Postal System’s idea


How to give your dinosaur some back bone . Cheap costume kids want to wear every day


You have been waiting patiently to learn how to add the spine on this dinosaur shirt here goes my secret.

  • Fold the shirt in half with the back side facing up.
  • Mark a strait line down the back starting 1/2′ to 2″ below the neck line binding. Draw the line down to about 1′ or 2 ” above the hem. You can use chalk or a marker/
  • CUT with scissors on the line. Sewing shear will work best. Yep, I know it feels scary the first time. But if you use a Dollar Tree Tee-shirt, It’s only $1
  • Have your pre-cut felt spine stripe about 3-4 ” wide. the bumpy part of the spine can be rounded off or in triangle points.
  • Fold the strip in !.2 long ways. ONLY cut one side of the felt strip in about 1/2 the way. It is too much work to cut single pieces.
  • Turn tee-shirt inside out.
  • The flat side will go right side to right side of the tee shirt. The un-cut straight edge will line up with the straight edge of the tee-shirt back. The points will be inside for now. It may not seem right until you turn the shirt right side out.
  • Pin the seam together.
  • Sew by machine or by hand about 3/4 ‘ depending on how wide you cut the long strip.
  • Turn your shirt around.
  • Tah -DaH. A Dinosaur with back bone!

Free hand drawing of a dinosaur on a tee-shirt. The boy who designed this used fabric markers

Don’t you just Dinosaur Dig this example of how to craft a tee-shirt? Our 8-year-old neighbor boy designed this Tee-shirt.

Plain Apple Green Tee-shirt click HERE


We used a paper plate template to trace the shape of a heart on a tee-shirt.

Own very own Sophie-Do-It used a heart shape paper plate template to start her bug/ butterfly body.

We put a sheet of paper between the Tee-shirt layers to avoid possible ‘bleeding”.

Miss Piggy Wanna-be

Being a pig is all about the snout..oink…oink! And ear headbands help to pull it off.

No Nn-cents Nanna just happen to have the nose and ears in the Heart Felt Play Store catalog. Click HERE

Three Little Pig’s Noses HERE for set of 3 pig snout oinkers. For just one nose email us HeartFeqeltPlayStore@Gmail.com to request jut one little pig nose at $2 each. I must warn you tat when mailed all by it’s lonesome the postage will start at $3.00. the postal zones away from Denver may add to the postage fee of up to $4.00

Pretty in pInk tee-shirt ( size 6-8 only ) Ping nose and pig ears. Click HERE


Pink Pig Snout with ears and pink Tee shirt set sold on-line Heart Felt Play Store

Plain Pretty Pink Tee-shirt and pig nose/ ears click HERE


Teen Turtle Tee-shirt

Start with a dark green tee-shirt and two shades of green felt.

Some people use a turkey roasting pan to spray paint. I’m too cheap. Besides, I know several boys who did not want to take off their teen turtle shirt so they slept int them. I don’ t know if that meet safety standards for sleep wear, tho’, but it sure beats sleeping on a turkey pan.


Front of a diy Teen Turtle Tee-shirt costume

How to Make a Turtle from a Tee-shirt

  • Cut the large size rectangle piece of light green felt foe the under side of the turtle like the image above for the six-pack
  • Use a light marker to draw on the six-pack But, you could use fabric glue. Be sure to set something heave like a few books on top white the glue dries.
  • I used my sewing machine to stitch the six pack on as I sewed the under belly on. You could hand stitch , too.

How to Make a Turtle Shell Back

How to make a Teen Turtle Tee-shirt back side of shell.

  • Use a dark green felt. I use the large sheets of felt some times.
  • Fold fabric in 1/2. so you have 2 layers. Do NOT cut on the fold
  • Cut with shears to make round or oval shape.
  • You can use fabric glue to adhere the back of the shell or you can sew. I use a sewing machine but you can hand sew the back of the shell.
  • Use a light marker to create you design something like I did. make as simple or complex and you have time.
  • I used Puffy Paint to give the a raise texture look.

Remember DiY your own costumes saves money. Unless you have all the professional tools and skills your costumes will not look like the way more expensive costumes in the POP UP costume shops. the results do not have to look perfect.

Making your own costumes with the kids is a fun family activity memory maker.


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