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Pikachu Costume

Who's that Pokémon? We repurposed a simple set of pajamas using a few household supplies to transform a trick-or-treater into everyone's favorite Japanese cartoon character.

pikachu costume

Photography: Primary

Source: Martha Stewart


This costume idea comes from our friends at Kids clothes, hoodies, or a matching pair of yellow pajamas all work as the base for this outfit — simply make a matching tail and pair of ears. When shopping for crafting supplies, check out your local dime store: they will have most items on the list of materials.


  • Felt in yellow, brown, and black
  • Poly-Fil stuffing
  • Cardboard
  • Wire
  • Hot glue gun
  • Headband
  • Scissors
  • Safety pins


  1. To make the ears: Cut strips of yellow felt and wrap them around the headband, gluing as you go.
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  2. Draw a template for ears onto yellow felt and cut out four pieces. Do the same to create the pointed tops with black felt, cutting out four pieces. Glue two of the yellow pieces together, only gluing along the edges so you can still stuff the ear. Leave about an inch at the bottom unglued (this is how you'll attach the ear to the headband).
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  3. Once the glue dries, fill the ear with poly-fil stuffing and a folded length of wire. Glue the black pieces to the top of the ear. Repeat this process for the other ear.
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  4. Using that inch of felt you left unglued at the bottom of each ear, wrap the ears around the headband and glue them in place.
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  5. To make the tail: Draw a zig-zagging shape, measured to size, onto cardboard and cut out. Cover both sides of the tail with a thin layer of poly-fil stuffing and attach using a hot glue gun.
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  6. Sandwich the tail between two layers of yellow felt and hot glue the edges shut. Trim the excess felt.
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  7. Fold a piece of brown felt over the bottom of the tail and cut a zigzag in the top. Then, repeat with the yellow felt, gluing the sides together and trimming any excess.
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  8. To assemble the costume, we used safety pins to attach the tail to the hoodie — the bottom of the tail at the seat of the hoodie and the top of the tail in between the shoulder blades. Optional: Add face paint to mimic Pikachu's red cheeks.

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