DIY: Dragon Costume

For Book Week, the boys dressed up as Nightwing dragons from the book series “Wings of Fire” by Tui T Sutherland.

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It was a last minute rush job – I started work on it two days before the dress-up day – so it didn’t turn out quite as well as I would have liked. In hindsight, if I had more time, I would have used a different fabric and made the wings larger. I would also have chosen a different dragon type – there wasn’t enough contrast for the mask because I was limited to black and silver.

DIY dragon costume

Inspiration Sources

As usual, we scoured the Internet for ideas. I borrowed mine from this design:

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I couldn’t find a picture of the front, so I had to make that part up myself.

Making the Mask

For the mask, I borrowed Red Ted Art’s template but changed the colours so it was appropriate for a Nightwing. There were a lot of really cool mask ideas, unfortunately, I was short on time and I wanted something easy. I used plain black EVA foam with black glitter and silver glitter EVA foam and got this effect:

DIY dragon costume
Easy DIY Nightwing Dragon Mask

I added an elastic strap with a hot glue gun. EVA foam tears easily, so staples don’t work so well.

If we had more time, we could have gotten something cooler like this:

Or added more features into the hood and done away with the mask.

Making the Dragon Wings

I made these with black felt sheets (4 pieces of 50 cm x 70 cm sheets) I bought from Daiso. A softer fabric would have looked nicer, but felt is forgiving and easy to work with.

Using free-hand, I drew the following shape for the wings (the piece on the right in the photo below – you need two pieces of this):

DIY dragon costume

From the excess felt, I cut a tail to attach to the wing, like this:

DIY dragon costume

Using a new piece of felt, I cut out a hood, using a hoodie as a template – the tabs at the base were supposed to be for attaching velcro or buttons so it could be worn like a cape. I didn’t need it in the end because I decided to turn the wings into a sort of jacket. Yes, that’s what happens when you work on the fly with the roughest plan in mind.

DIY dragon costume

From the scraps of black felt, I cut 15 spikes to attach to the dragon’s back. I drew them free-hand and made them curved so they would look more like our Nightwing image at the top of this post.

DIY dragon costume

These were double felt which I sewed together so it wouldn’t flop around too much.

DIY dragon costume

I marked the rough placements for the spikes with a pencil so I’d know where to put them before I sewed the hood and the wings together.

DIY dragon costume

This is the hood after I’d sewn it up and flipped it the right way around:

DIY dragon costume

Next, I did the same thing for the wings. I marked where each spike was to be attached, then sewed the two wings together with the spikes in place.

Then I sewed the tail to the wings:

DIY dragon costume

This is what it looks like from the other side:

DIY dragon costume

I stitched the tail into a tube, stuffed it with stuffing, and sealed the opening:

DIY dragon costume

I cut out two more pieces of felt to make the front part of the dragon wing sleeves:

DIY dragon costume

Attach side A of the sleeve with the back wing, like this:

DIY dragon costume

Stitch side D of the hood to the back wing and leave side C free. Then sew side C of the hood to side B of the front sleeve.

DIY dragon costume

Hopefully, that made sense.

Once that was done, all that remained were to draw silver lines on the back of the wings, using glitter glue, like this:

DIY dragon costume

When the glue has dried, you can flip it around and apply silver spots to the wing sleeves to make up the silver scales that Nightwings have under their wings.

The end result looks like this (with a black t-shirt and pants):

DIY dragon costume

Making Claws

I could have gone further and made claws but I thought it was excessive for a one day affair. If you are looking for claws, a really easy job would be to use black gloves and stick on black stiletto nail tips. You can do the same for the feet using black five-finger socks.

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Published by Shen-Li

SHEN-LI LEE is the author of “Brainchild: Secrets to Unlocking Your Child’s Potential”. She is also the founder of Figur8.net (a website on parenting, education, child development) and RightBrainChild.com (a website on Right Brain Education, cognitive development, and maximising potentials). In her spare time, she blogs on Forty, Fit & Fed, and Back to Basics.

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