DIY Dog Man Costume


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Does your child love the Dog Man book series? Whether you need a costume for a book character day, literacy week, Halloween, or just for fun, this DIY Dog Man costume is super easy to make and super cute!

Here is a super simple DIY costume great for a dog-loving child, a school storybook parade, and/or when Halloween sneaks up on you and you need a very quick solution (apparently it’s the same day EVERY year, but whatever).

My youngest is obsessed with the Dog Man book series:

DIY Dog Man Costume inspiration - Splendry

With no pre-made buying options, it was up to us.



DIY Dog Man Costume Tutorial

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DIY Dog Man Costume supplies - Splendry

Costume Supplies

  • royal blue crew neck, long-sleeved tee (you can grab one here or here)
  • royal blue ball cap (here’s a great option)
  • sun yellow felt
  • costume dog ears, or brown felt (some great costume ears)
  • spray glue, or yellow thread
  • fabric scissors
  • Velcro

DIY Dog Man Costume supplies - Splendry

Trace two Dog Man symbols onto the yellow felt. One large for the shirt, one smaller for the hat. Cut out.
DIY Dog Man Costume symbol - Splendry

Spray the glue on the back of each symbol one at a time. Carefully place in the middle of the shirt & pat down. Carefully place in the middle of the hat and pat well. (You could use yellow thread instead. I used glue to save time.)
DIY Dog Man Costume prep - Splendry
Outline the felt in black.
DIY Dog Man Costume prep - Splendry

Next, align the dog ears inside the hat. I found a dog ear headband at Party Galaxy and cut out the plastic band. DIY Dog Man Costume attaching ears - Splendry

Using the sticky Velcro, attach ears to inside of hat.
DIY Dog Man Costume - attaching Velcro for ears - Splendry

Add some face paint and you have an adorable Dog Man!
DIY Dog Man Costume - Splendry

Is he not the cutest? I’d love to see your cute Dog Man too! Feel free to tag @Splendry on social media with your pictures from Halloween or book fairs!! 

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I was born and raised in Edmond, OK and love the town so much I stayed here to raise my family. I am blessed with a romantic, caring, talented husband & two awesome boys. I started my career life as a wedding coordinator, and I still love event planning! Now I am founder/director of Heartbeat for Hope, a non-profit supporting education and rural development in Ghana, Africa. I love my fabulous family, friends, movies, binge-watching crime dramas, and home projects whenever I can.

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  1. Also literacy week at my sons school. He’s 6 and loves Dog man. This provided such a great idea for him to dress up as his favorite book character!! Thank you <3

  2. Thank you so much!! This week is Literacy week & my son gets to be a book character on Thursday! He’s 7 & Dog Man is his favorite!😍

  3. Hi Jessica! I just freehanded the strait to the felt. If unsure of your skills, just use a pencil in case you need to start over. Then just flip it over when you are ready to apply to the shirt/hat! Hope that helps!

  4. Thank you for the easy step directions. Where did you find the templates for the cap and shirt? Did you just trace yourself.

  5. Sarah Garrett on

    My daughter wanted to dress as Dog Man for bookweek this Friday 2018…. n I was confused as to how to do the head part..n I found it idea n have copied it…n had enough fabric from spotlight to make Dog Man 2 for my 3 year old who wanted a blue cap with ears too n painted spots on the face…!!!!….Thank u very much….saved my brain trying to think!!!???

  6. Thank you for the tutorial. My son wants to be Dog Man for world book day and I have been wondering how to go about making the costume. He loves this idea, particularly as it’s not too fancy (he hates dress up usually).
    I’m just finishing it off and I can’t wait to see how he looks in it!

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