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Why we like it: It doesn't get much better than the classic lab-born monster created by Dr. Frankenstein, and we love, love the idea of the pieced together, brought-back-from-the-dead lab dog.
This costume entails a little more work than the others, but we think it's worth it. In no time at all, you'll have your dog quoting Milton, too. For this costume, you will need a child-sized T-shirt that has been made raggedy at the edges, a square of black felt fabric to be fashioned into a cap of hair, elastic to attach to hold the "hair" into place, a thin strip of red elastic, a long length of thin black ribbon, fabric glue, a small piece of gray fabric, and a temporary collar with fabric bolts attached to the sides. Cut the black felt so that it looks like short hair, with a little fringe falling over the forehead, and attach the elastic to the sides of the hair so that it can be fitted under the dog's chin, as you would do with a party hat, making sure it is not too tight for comfort. With the red elastic, measure it around your dog's head so that it fits snugly but not too tight for comfort, and stitch the ends together to make a head band. (This is to make it appear as though the dog has had head surgery.)
The thick black ribbon will be for making the little "stitches," or Xs for the head band. Cut a couple dozen small pieces of equal length and attach them to the red headband in the shapes of Xs using your fabric glue (see how this Etsy artist made hers). You can either make a costume collar with fabric, or buy an inexpensive one at the pet store, and use fabric glue or thread to attach the fabric "bolts" to the collar. The bolts can be easily made by making little tubes out of gray fabric, using the fabric glue to close the sides, and stuffing the tubes with cotton balls until they look like bolts. Close the ends with a few stitches and attach to the collar. Or, if you want the bolts in the skull effect, you can attach the bolts to the red headband. (We included an image of a Monster mask to give you an idea of what you want to look like.)
The term used for the area of the animal’s face that has the nose and jaws
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