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Family Costume Idea : DIY Hungry Hippos Costume

You can make this super cute family costume idea from a favorite board game, the Hungry Hippos!
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: DIY
Cuisine: Halloween
Keyword: ashley rose, costume, diy, easy, halloween, hippo, how to, hungry hippo, idea, sugar and cloth, tutorial
Cost: $125


  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors


  • Adult hat
  • Baby, toddler or kids hat
  • Foam or felt crafting sheets that match your chosen hippo clothing color
  • Fabric dye in the colors of your choice
  • White ball pit balls


  • For the outfits themselves, all you’ll do is dye them to the colors of your choice according to the manufacturer instructions and let dry.
  • Once you’re all ready to go, you’ll use a dab of hot glue to randomly place the white ball pit balls on each outfit.
  • For the hippo hats: Cut shapes for the ears and nostrils from felt (for the blue) and foam sheets (for the pink and orange) to be able to match them to the hat colors.
  • To make the ear shape: Add a dot of hot glue to the center of the ear and pinch closed until the glue is dry. Then you’ll them to each side of the hat.
  • Cut pieces of white and black foam sheets for the eyes and teeth, then hot glue in place.
    I found that giving the ears and nostrils a bit of dimension by gluing them on at a curve made it feel more realistic.
  • For the baby walker: I used different cutout shapes of craft foam and painted styrofoam balls to give the illusion of the game while also trying to keep them out of her immediate reach.