DIY Cheshire Cat Costume

This Cheshire Cat costume idea is so easy to put together that anyone can do it—no sewing required!

DIY Cheshire Cat Costume

A few years ago, my girls did an Alice in Wonderland costume theme for Halloween.  My oldest daughter came up with the ideas for this super-easy Cheshire Cat costume all on her own. Not only is it easy, it worked out to be pretty cheap, too.

Easy DIY Alice in Wonderland Cheshire Cat Costume

Materials needed to make Cheshire Cat costume:

How to make Cheshire Cat costume:

The first order of business is to find something purple to wear.  My daughter had absolutely no purple in her wardrobe, so we headed to Goodwill to find something.

There were plenty of purple outfits there, but she didn’t love any of them. Then I found this cute little dress hanging in a corner. The only reason she consented to purchase it was because it had come from Forever 21, which is one of her favorite clothing stores. Teenagers!

If you can’t find any purple dresses that will work, I really like this purple dress.

Cheshire Cat Costume

She wore it over black leggings and a long-sleeved black shirt, because where we live Halloween is usually cold.

How to make the Cheshire Cat’s tail:

My daughter was not about to wear an actual tail, so she wanted something that would give the impression of a tail. We looked around in Goodwill with no luck and then headed over to Walmart.

In the craft aisle, we found a bunch of feather boas and one of them was perfect for the Cheshire Cat!

You can also order a pink and purple feather boa on Amazon.

Use a feather boa to make the cheshire cat costume tail.

She wore it around her neck, but it indeed gave the impression of a tail and the overall pink and purple stripes of the Cheshire Cat.

DIY Cheshire Cat Costume

How to make the Cheshire Cat’s ears:

For the ears, we purchased a headband, some craft wire, and some embroidery floss. This was, again, all my daughter’s idea.

She formed cat ear shapes on the headband with the wire, and then tied embroidery floss around it. She also hot glued some of the feathers from the boa onto the headband to complete the look.

I think these Cheshire Cat ears are perfectly understated for a teenager’s Halloween costume, and totally cute.

DIY Cheshire Cat ears

How to make the Cheshire Cat’s smile:

For the smile, she looked up a picture of the Cheshire Cat online, copied his smile onto poster board paper, cut it out, and hot glued it to a wooden dowel.

This was hands down my favorite part of her costume. We had looked at some Cheshire Cat make-up ideas, but she came up with this alternative and I love how it turned out. Everyone commented on what a great idea it was every time she went out in her Halloween costume that year.

DIY Cheshire Cat costume

And with this type of mouth she could actually “disappear” just like the Cheshire Cat and leave only her smile behind.

Cheshire Cat Smile

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What a super cute costume. I love when they use their imaginations and come with such great ideas.

Jillian @ Hi! It's Jilly

Aah! So cute! I love it!

Ali Anderson Williams

It's adorable on her, warm and comfy and cheap? What else can you ask for. Can't wait to see what she wears this year!


How sweet. I love this!

Marlys Folly

I love this… great idea and it would be warm enough to wear here where we may have "S" at Halloween.. Pinning this.


Thanks! It turned out to be a really great costume for her last year.

And I appreciate that you did not type out the s-word. 😉


Neither can I! We are in "costume negotiation talks" now. Ha ha.