This costume is super easy AND super cheap. It should take you about 30 minutes to make and should cost around $5.
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Step 1: Tools & Materials
You will need – a piece of craft foam, a pom-pom, some “fun” looking fabric, heat fusible interfacing, velcro, elastic, scissors, a stapler, a marker, a large piece of paper, an iron and a hot glue gun.
Since you don't need a lot of fabric to make the collar, check out the "odds and ends" bin at your local fabric store. I got the fabric for this costume for under a dollar.
Step 2: Making the Hat
Step 1 - Find a printable kids party hat template, download and cut it out. Place the template on the fun foam, trace and cut.
Step 2 - Apply a generous amount of hot glue on one side of the craft foam.
Step 3 - Roll the hat together and hold the ends for a minute or two while the glue sets.
Step 4 - Put a good dollop of glue on the tip of the hat and add the pom-pom.
Step 5 - Take one end of the elastic, place it inside the hat and staple, have the staple crimp on the outside of the hat. Put the hat on your dog to see how much elastic you will need to keep the hat on your dog’s head. Make a mark and staple the other end of the elastic to the hat.
Step 3: Making the Collar Pattern
Measure the circumference of your dog’s neck.
Now draw a giant bulls eye on your paper. To get the diameter for the hole of the collar, divide the circumference by 3.14. Take that number and center it on the bulls eye mark, up and down and side to side.
To complete the circle, connect the marks with curved lines. Making the outer circle depends on how large you want your clown collar.
As much as I sucked at math, it can come in handy sometimes :D
Step 4: Making the Clown Collar
Step 1 - Lay your pattern out on the fabric, trace and cut.
Step 2 - This is a step you can skip. Interfacing really isn't necessary to the costume, I just like the extra weight it gives the fabric.
Lay the fabric on the interfacing. It is important that the shiny side of the interfacing is facing upwards to the backside of the fabric. Iron the fabric on the highest no steam setting until the interfacing fuses to the fabric. Give the fabric a minute to cool and them trim the excess.
Step 3 - Cut the circle open and add a velcro tab. My velcro had adhesive backing, but you can use hot glue or staples to keep it in place.
Step 5: Look at Your Happy Dog!!
Or not so happy dog. You think I just told Dexter that he was never getting another Milk Bone again. Like never, ever, ever.