Make this awesome DIY Zog costume from recyclables for a book dress-up or for Halloween!
Last year for book week, my son decided he wanted to dress up as Zog. Well, if that is what he wants, that is what he gets! So mommy got her creative hat on, grabbed some cardboard, egg cartons, old t-shirt, hat, felt, pipecleaners and paint!
First up were the wings. After looking carefully at pictures of Zog(such a cutie), I traced half of the wings on 2 A4 papers stuck together and traced it onto the cardboard. I flipped the paper over to trace the other side. This way, it is easy to get perfectly symmetrical wings. My son had the job of painting them.
After the wings dried, two strips of fabric were attached for easy wearing. The strips were cut from an old t-shirt.
A simple knot at the front secured it when putting it on.
Now onto the tail. Here I have used a corrugated board and egg cartons. A spear shape was cut and the pointy bits were attached with the glue gun. The rectangle at the bottom is to secure it to the waste with another strip of fabric. The tail can be moved to the side when he wants to sit down.
To keep the shape, it was left to dry after painting in this position:
The Zog hat, now this was a fun part! I’ve found this hat(similar to THIS one) at the op-shop for $5! Felt teeth, nostrils and eyes were cut and glued on(with the glue gun). Pipecleaners were bent into ears and a horn at the top.
I used the existing holes to attach the ears, bending them on the inside to secure them. The horn was attached to the knob at the top, also by simply bending it around the knob. You can secure it with a bit of glue.
And that is it! A very easy and such a cute Zog costume, paired with an orange t-shirt and pants to blend the costume together. And what is the best of all? He can wear the pants, shirt and hat again after book week as normal clothes, win-win!
Side note- the tail did not survive the day, but the wings and hat did. A year later and he still plays with it.
An easy DIY Zog costume to make for your kiddo, and oh so fun too!