Daniel Tiger is here to play! Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood is one of the most popular shows around for younger children, so we’ve come up with this idea for an easy, fast, and fun D.I.Y. Daniel Tiger costume. Not only is dressing up a fun way to spend playtime or make kids’ parties more special, but creating your own costume can be a fun activity to do alongside your son or daughter, too.
This tiger tail costume accessory and this cute felt tiger hat form the basis of our Daniel Tiger costume, but there’s more to it than that. Keep on reading for the step-by-step how-tos of how to create this costume look for your child!
Step 1: Daniel Tiger’s Outfit
Daniel Tiger wears a red zipper hoodie and matching red sneakers, both of which are easy enough to find – your child might even have them already. Otherwise, the thrift store is a great place to go. In a pinch, thrifted sneakers can be spray-painted red (remember to remove the shoe laces first) to get the look.
Step 2: Daniel Tiger’s Fur
To mimic the look of Daniel Tiger’s orange tiger fur, we used a pair of orange pants. A more golden yellow or yellow-orange color will also work, but we chose to use a darker orange color to match our tiger hat and tiger tail. If a pair of orange pants in your child’s size is nowhere to be found, you can always thrift a pair of white or gray ones and use a fabric dye, such as Rit, to get the appropriate color (your results may vary, brand-to-brand).
You can even use the bottoms of a tiger costume. Not only are they already striped, which eliminates the need for the next step, but they’re fuzzy and furry, too!
Step 3: Making Daniel’s Stripes
We used black craft felt for Daniel’s tiger stripes, although you could also use some construction paper or scrap fabric if it’s handy. Colors like brown and burnt orange work just as well for this step. Just make sure that whichever color you decide to use is noticeable against the color of the pants you’re using.
Daniel Tiger has two fat tiger strips just below each knee, so you’ll need four pieces of your material. We suggest starting with a long rectangle, about the length of your child’s leg and about two inches wide, and tapering off the ends as you see fit.
To easily make all your stripes the same size and shape, cut one stripe and hold it up your child where you will want it to go, to make sure that it will fit correctly. From there, you can make adjustments to the shape until you get the look you want. Then, use that stripe as a template to cut the other three.
Step 4: Attaching the Stripes
If you want to be able to remove the tiger stripes from the pants later, you can use a few loops of masking tape or safety pins to easily attach the stripes. Your local craft store might even have craft felt with a self-adhesive backing, which will work even better. Just be careful to test adhesives on an inconspicuous part of the fabric first, to make sure that it will be removable without leaving residue.
Otherwise, if this is a just a quick one-off costume for Halloween, a birthday party, or another special event, then hot glue or double-sided fabric tape will hold the stripes in place wonderfully.
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Shop CostumeExpress.com to find items used in this D.I.Y. Daniel Tiger costume idea:
- Felt Tiger Hat
- Tiger Tail and Accessories
- Tiger Costume for Kids (optional, in place of orange pants)
Or, browse Costume Express’ entire selection of animal costumes for kids. Also, our friends at Birthday Express have tons of amazing Daniel Tiger party ideas and free Daniel Tiger printables on their blog. Click those links to check them out!