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How to Make a Cow Costume
Updated on July 12, 2017 Susan Deppner moreSusan believes that playing dress-up is one of the best parts of being a kid. Her creative costume ideas help bring out the kid in everyone!
Contact Author Have you “Herd”? People are dressing up as cows!
Wondering how to make a quick and easy homemade cow costume? We’re here to help! Look for complete instructions and a complete list of all the supplies that you’ll need as you scroll down the page.
Moooving right along now, if you’re not feeling crafty, we also have cow costumes to buy for adults, kids, and even dogs! (Keep scrolling down the page.)
Whether you need a homemade disguise for Halloween, for the county fair, for your church’s Christmas program, for your favorite restaurant’s Dress Like a Cow contest (you know the one), or for a costume party, you’ll find everything you need right here on this page to help fill your barn with two-legged bovines!
P.S. Don’t miss the hilarious cow humor, spread like cow patties throughout this page!
The Black and White Cow Look: That’s What We’re Going For
When most people think of a cow costume, they picture black spots on a white background, resembling the animal below. That breed is a Holstein, just so you’ll know (somebody might ask what kind of cow you are!).
A Holstein usually has black ears, white feet, and white at the end of the tail. Keep those things in mind when constructing your costume. (If you really do want to study up on these pretty black and white cattle, here’s a website about the Holstein breed.)
DIY Cow Costume Supply List
– A white hooded sweatshirt
– White sweatpants (or shorts)
– Black felt for spots and ears
– Fabric adhesive
– Piece of rope for tail
– A cowbell
(Buy these locally, use what you have,
or order what you need from the links below.)
How to Make a Cow Costume
Easy instructions for making a cute, homemade cow costume for Halloween or dress-up, for children or adults.
First, gather the supplies as listed on the supply list above plus a good pair of scissors and a needle with black thread and white thread.
Use plain paper to cut patterns for the spots. Just draw semi-oval shapes in various sizes. Refer to the pictures of the cows above for ideas. Lay out the paper on the sweatshirt and pants to see how they’ll fit.
When you’re satisfied with the look, use the patterns to cut the spots out of the black felt.
Lay out the felt spots again to be sure of the placement. Follow the directions on the fabric glue or spray adhesive to apply the felt to the shirt and pants. Let dry as directed.
To make ears, cut out a rectangle shape from the felt. Cut a “rounded point” on one end then fold the two corners of the other end together and sew to make the cow ear shapes. Use the needle and black thread to sew the ears to the hood.
Cut a length of rope for the tail (length depends on the person’s height). Braid three lengths of rope together if you want the tail to be thicker. Tie a knot a few inches from the end then unravel and brush the ends of the “tail” to make it bushy. Use a needle with the white thread to sew the tail to the seat of the pants.
Use part of the rope or a bright ribbon to tie the cow bell loosely around the person’s neck.
Wear white socks and shoes (black is okay if you don’t have white) and consider wearing white gloves or even socks on your hands to make the four cow “legs” match!
That’s really all there is to it! Every costume will be unique depending on the size and number of spots that you use, just like every cow is unique!
See How to Make a Cow Costume Step by Step
When is Cow Appreciation Day?
July 11, 2017 was the most recent Cow Appreciation Day!
Start planning next year’s cow costume now!
Not Feeling Crafty? Order a Cow Costume Here
If you’d rather just buy a cow costume, we understand. There are plenty of styles to choose from and I’m sure you’ll find one perfect for you or your needs. You’ll find a huge assortment of cow costumes at this link, from high-quality mascot costumes to tiny costumes for the littlest calf in your herd. Check ’em out!
Q: What kind of milk comes from a forgetful cow?
A: Milk of Amnesia
Cow Makeup Completes the Costume. Love this look!
“It’s better to be seen and not herd.”
Don’t Forget the Cowbell! A genuine cow bell is exactly what your costume needs to make you stand out in the herd, err crowd.
Costume contest? This authentic cow bell is perfect to make your homemade cow costume a winner! This one is the genuine product and makes a sound fit for the outdoors. You certainly don’t want to lose your precious little calf in the crowd, now do you?
SpeeCo Long Distance Cow Bell, 2-13/16″ 10LD COW BELL”Produces a sharp tone that can be heard at long distances for livestock or sporting events. One-piece steel construction.”
Buy Now “Turn the udder cheek and mooo-ve on.”
A Friendly Cow Mask for a Child – Comfortable and adorable!
Some children are afraid of wearing masks over their faces, so this is a fabulous choice for a child’s cow costume. It’s basically a headband with cow ears and horns. Not only does it not obscure the child’s view, it’s much more comfortable (and far less scary) than a latex or plastic mask – and transforms your child into the cutest little calf you’ll ever see!
Add one child dressed in sweatshirt and sweatpants or jeans and you have a very simple but adorable cow costume. Add a touch of cow makeup if you like.
Elope Cow HeadbandSay “Moooooo”
Buy Now Cow Face Painting Video Tutorial
“Honor thy fodder and thy mother and all your udder relatives.”
Here’s a Dalmatian Dressed Up as a Cow! I just got this in an email and had to share it with you.
I don’t know the source of this picture except that it was in an email that I received today with pictures of dogs in Halloween costumes. Poor guy! Or girl – actually I hope it’s a girl! Don’t worry, sweetie. We’re not laughing at you, we’re laughing with you!
Q: Which job is a cow most suited for?
A: Baker. Because they’re making cow pies regularly.
Some Helpful Links – In case you need more information.
Chick-Fil-A’s CowAppreciationDay Site and Photo Gallery
This is a huge event, held in July every year. Get your costume ready – and get free food!
Cow Mask to Color and Wear
From talented artist Lee Hansen, a cow mask page to print and color.
Cow Jokes, Jokes, Cow Fun at Simply Bovine.
Thanks to Simply Bovine for the cow jokes! Read hundreds more Cow Jokes at the link, all submitted by customers of Simply Bovine.
漏 2009 Susan Deppner
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sendingAuthorSusan Deppner 16 months ago from Arkansas USA
BarbRad, I love that about your Swedish pen pal – how funny! Feel free to celebrate Cow Appreciation Day anyday. Just eat chikin (as the cows would say)!
Barbara Radisavljevic 16 months ago from Templeton, CA
That last photo reminded my of the Swedish pen pal I had in college. He always used to draw the back side of cows and other animals and enclose them in his letters. Too bad I didn’t know about Cow Day in time to celebrate.
Thanks, Dawn! Definitely easy but with emphasis on the “cute!”
Dawn 16 months ago from Maryland, USA
cute and easy idea!
That would be so cool, Olivia, having matching costumes for you and the dog! LOL Today’s the day and I’m sure Chick-fil-A will be the place to be with a “herd” of traffic going in and out. Such a fun activity!
Olivia 16 months ago
Sorry I’m late getting to comment on this wonderful activity. Love the whole idea of dressing up as a cow and yes, that dog is just too much. Need him as a side kick when I go out dressed like that…..
Elf, that dog is a favorite, no doubt about it. Not sure if they’d let her in at Chick-fil-A, but she’d certainly be the hit of any costume party! You’re certainly right about this being a clever ad campaign. Those cows promoting “chikin” never get old!
AuthorSusan Deppner 16 months ago from Arkansas USA
Sylvestermouse, that is a great idea to let the costume do double duty! Glad you enjoyed the humor, too. I had fun collecting cow jokes and quotes!
Wednesday-Elf 16 months ago from Savannah, Georgia
Great article about ‘Cow Day’. Chick-Fil-A sure came up with a clever ad campaign with their cow costumes! Love the picture of the Dalmatian dresses up as a cow. Cute!
Cynthia Sylvestermouse 16 months ago from United States
I absolutely love the humor throughout this article! You had me laughing out loud for sure. I do think it would be lots of fun to make a cow costume and wear it for cow appreciate day. I can also imagine the laughter if I wore it on Halloween when I hand out the candy to little trick or treaters.
LOL! No reason for the scary critters to hog Halloween, right Sylvestermouse!
Thank you! I have to agree – lots of creative, fun ideas from people who love to dress up as a cow!
Heather 2 years ago
Cynthia Sylvestermouse 2 years ago from United States
These cow costumes are awesome! I especially love the dog, simply because I have never seen anything like that before. These really would be fun and easy costumes for Halloween, so moooo-ve over vampires! The cows are coming
Mary Beth Granger 2 years ago from O’Fallon, Missouri, USA
How very clever! Fun ideas.
AuthorSusan Deppner 2 years ago from Arkansas USA
LOL Good one, Lorelei! How cool about your mom’s cow. Thanks so much for stopping by! I always appreciate your visits.
Lorelei Cohen 2 years ago from Canada
My mom had a black and white cow and it was almost like a pet to her. She still had her when I went out on my own. Love that Chick fil A puts on this event every year. The commercials are adorable and the moo-d infectious.
@PaigSr: Everyone loves that, including me! Thanks, Paig!
PaigSr 3 years ago from State of Confussion
The dog costume is a nice touch.
@click2CYtoday: Very cool! I’d love if you share a picture. Remember that for next year!
click2CYtoday 3 years ago
Thanks so much for the great ideas! I’ve gone to the Chick-Fil-A Cow Appreciation Day several years now but my costume has never looked as good as these. Now next year should be better… Thanks again!
Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada
lol, enjoyed this page and the cow costume! very cute!
@Miracle Magnolia: Cool! I hope she enjoys it and finds some helpful cow costume information!
Miracle Magnolia 3 years ago from Atlanta, GA
Love this costume! Just sent the link to my daughter.
@VinnWong: Good one, Vinn! LOL! Thanks for stopping by!
VinnWong 3 years ago
This is super amoosing! I love it!
@junecampbell: LOL! I’m right there with you!
June Campbell 3 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada
I have never “herd” of this trend towards cow costumes, but then I’m not a young heifer any more.
@Lynda Makara: 🙂
Lynda Makara 3 years ago from California
OMG that dog is too funny!
@mayrain: Really? Well, now you can!
mayrain 3 years ago
I always wanted to dress up like a cow. Thanks for sharing this !
Deborah Carr 3 years ago from Orange County, California
I’ve never tried to make one, but you have some great tips here.
@smine27: If you ever do make one, I want a picture! 🙂
Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan
No, I’ve never made a cow costume before, but it might be fun!
@Charito1962: Thank you for sharing that, Charito1962. That is such a sweet memory! I hadn’t even thought about using paint, but that’s a great idea for a cow costume.
Charito Maranan-Montecillo 3 years ago from Manila, Philippines
Hello. When my son was a little boy, we had to prepare a cow costume for him for his pre-school production. All we did was buy a plain white shirt and paint it with black spots. Then, we made horns out of paper. It was such a laborious task, but it was fun in the end. I cherish the memory!
@Wingersiow LM: LOL Enjoy your cow costume!
Wingersiow LM 3 years ago
Great lens – I think it might just suit me!
@Pipa-bipa: I grew up with cow bells like the one on this lens (my grandfather had cattle) so I didn’t even think about the other variety. Good alternative choice! Thanks so much for your comment and for stopping by!
Pipa-bipa 3 years ago
I have always been passionate about the metal round Buddhists/Chinese bells but this cow bell is stunning! (maybe it belonged to an authentic Indian cow?) Thanks for the great (and simple!) costume making instructions. The idea with pink gloves is fabulous 🙂
@sweetstickyrainbo: Reviews can be hilarious to read!
sweetstickyrainbo 3 years ago
I am partial to that horse head I saw on Amazon. Mostly because of the funny comments on the reviews.
@kds2763 lm: Thank you so much! Glad the lens appealed to your farm background.
kds2763 lm 3 years ago
Susan – Thanks for liking two of my lenses! I grew up on a farm, saw this one lens and had to “LIKE” it! I will be by more on your site because I like the way you do your lenses! Awesome!! Tks!
@spanofagnat: That is so sweet. Thank you!
spanofagnat 3 years ago
Susan I admit I came here because you were kind enough to ‘like’ one of my lenses (thank you) but honestly this lens is brilliant and I will SO be using this for one of my kids in the future. Great lens : )
@talanted_one: Glad you enjoyed the cows!
talanted_one 3 years ago
very funny,thanks)) great idea)))
@edwin-ted: Glad you enjoyed the costumes!
edwin-ted 3 years ago
Like your lens a Lot , Cow costume’s that got me thinking
@Susan Zutautas: I agree!
@LoriBeninger: Thanks, Lori!
@Magpie Feathers: We’re just laughing with that dog, not at him!
IreneL11 4 years ago
very funny! :))
Magpie Feathers 4 years ago
Oh my god! Poor dog! I have a dalmation and they are gentlest dog I’ve come across but I couldn’t help laughing.
LoriBeninger 4 years ago
Always a classic…I get a kick out of this lens every time I visit.
Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada
It would be so much fun to dress up as a cow 🙂
@PlumberJorge: Kinda makes you wish you had a dalmation, doesn’t it? 🙂 Thanks for the visit!
PlumberJorge 4 years ago
This is a really wacky and fun idea for a costume. I did laugh a bit on the dog though. 😀
Wonderful lens, I like it. 🙂
@anonymous: 🙂 Now you know!
LOL, no I hadn’t herd! I so luv cows though!
@Erin Mellor: LOL Thanks!
Erin Mellor 4 years ago from Europe
@SusanDeppner: Here’s another vote for the dog, that’s beyond cute. Pass the Milka.
@TheEnglishHouse: Thanks! Yes, everyone loves the dog!
TheEnglishHouse 4 years ago
Hahah…NICE! That dog is funny as! And very cute!
@HappyTom LM: LOL Thanks for the visit!
Tom Christen 4 years ago from Switzerland/Ecuador
That is a great idea! I love the dog :)…
@anonymous: Thanks for stopping by!
Great ideas! Thank you for sharing.
@LunarCityLauren: Thanks for checking it out!
LunarCityLauren 4 years ago
Fantastic idea for a costume!
@anonymous: Everyone really loves that picture! Thanks for stopping by and for the comment!
Lolled @ that Dalmatian picture 🙂
@Tricia Deed: I’ve thought about that, too. Hopefully it was a quick picture and then off with the silly costume!
Tricia Deed 4 years ago from Orlando, Florida
@anonymous: Poor dog he must feel terribly embarrassed and when the balloon pops; how frightening.
@anonymous: Good thing I can’t read the dog’s mind!
That’s funny,a dog dressed like a cow.
What the dog is thinking is not fit to publish.
@Fiorenza: Ah, thanks for sharing that cow fact! And thanks for stopping by.
@UKBusinesses: Glad you like it!
@StrongMay: Thanks for the visit!
StrongMay 4 years ago
This lens has good ideas I’ll keep in mind!
UKBusinesses 4 years ago
Cow costume is a great idea!
Never thought of dressing up as a cow for Halloween! We call this type fresians in the UK, so I’ve learned something!
BrownEyedGirl69 4 years ago
Love the salvation dressed up like a cow. Cute lens.
Roxannetp 4 years ago
keep milking the idea….
@rhubarba: Great suggestion! I’d love to see you tackle that one!
rhubarba 4 years ago
Next up I’d love to see a lens about dressing up as a toad.
taliasmith23 4 years ago
I LOVE the Dalmatian, so precious!
@Whatsittoyou: Sounds like good advice! 😀
Whatsittoyou 4 years ago from Canada
My advice would be if you work in a machine shop do not wear a cow costume to work. One of the guys I used to work with did and his utters kept getting in the way. So he wasn’t able to get close enough to what he was working on. It was funny but not practical.