Easy No-Sew Dinosaur Costume

This easy no-sew dinosaur costume is made out of a hooded sweatshirt and Duck Tape®.

If you need a last-minute Halloween costume, I’ve got you covered. Grab Duck Tape and a hooded sweatshirt and you can make this dinosaur costume in just an hour or two. And the best part is that after Halloween, you can just peel off the Duck Tape without any damage to the sweatshirt. Choose any color combination you like. It would be so fun to make a pink and purple dinosaur costume for my daughter.

This post is sponsored by Duck Brand.

To make a no-sew dinosaur costume, you’ll need the following supplies:

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Materials Needed

  • White Duck Tape
  • Colored Duck Tape (I used the color TerraCotta)
  • Hooded Sweatshirt 
  • Rotary Cutter + Cutting Mat
  • Ruler
  • Scissors


Step 1: To make the dinosaur teeth, cut a two inch piece of Duck Tape. Fold both top corners down to the center to form a triangle with an exposed sticky strip along the bottom. Make as many of these as you need to cover the edge of your hood. For this toddler sized costume, I made seven teeth.

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Step 2: to attach the teeth, press the exposed sticky strip to the inside edge of the hood. I started with the top center tooth, then went down each side so they would be evenly spaced.

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Step 3: To make the dinosaur spikes, follow these six steps, as illustrated in the photo below:

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  1. Cut a five inch strip of Duck Tape.
  2. Peel all but the last 1/2 inch of the tape back from the cutting mat.
  3. Loop the loose end of the tape back over itself without letting the sticky sides touch each other and line up the edge of the tape so that it overlaps 1/2 inch from the original part that is still attached to the mat.
  4. Press the tape together. This will form a double-sided flap with two 1/2 inch ends that are still sticky.
  5. Cut a triangle shape into the non-sticky tab, without cutting the sticky strips that are still attached to the cutting mat.
  6. You will end up with a triangle shape with two rectangular sticky tabs on the bottom.

If any of that was confusing, watch the video below to see how it’s done.

Step 4: Attach these triangular pieces starting at the front center of the hood in a straight line all the way down the back of the sweatshirt. Keep the sticky tabs separate and line them up neatly down the row.

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And there you have it, a quick and easy dinosaur costume that you can make in an afternoon and that is easy to undo so you can keep wearing the sweatshirt after Halloween is over.

You can also keep going and add spikes down the sides of sweatpants, make fake “claws” around the sleeve cuffs, or add spots or stripes of Duck Tape on the belly. There are a ton of ways to get creative to personalize your dinosaur costume. Have fun with it!

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No-Sew Dinosaur Costume Video Tutorial

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