I am pretty sure everyone knows at least one little kid who wants to be Olaf. Olaf is definitely our favorite characters from Frozen, so I figured I should come up with a fun DIY Olaf Costume for the boys dress up box. It turned out super easy, seriously the hardest part was finding the white hoodie sweatshirt.
DIY Olaf Costume Materials
- White Hooded Sweatshirt (or white shirt and beanie or these cute hoodie jammies)
- Felt: Orange, Black, Brown, White
- Brown Pipe Cleaners
- Pillow Stuffing
- White Duct Tape
- 2 Wooden Skewers
This is a fairly easy costume to make especially since I already worked out the kinks for you. 😉
This costume is easy but I spent quite awhile focused on trying to get the carrot nose to connect to the hood like the mustache did on the Lorax costume. Surprisingly Elliot sweetly tried on the costume a thousand times while I tried to get it to work. In the end, I came up with an alternate nose plan, inspired by our Olaf craft. It is much easier to make and much more comfortable to use.
The carrot itself was slightly involved. All you really need to do is cut out a simple orange triangle but I was hung up on how big, and whether should it be acute, obtuse or a right triangle. I attempted to make a few first with paper but wasn’t happy with the results so I ended up using this carrot template.
Once you cut your triangle out, stitch up the side of the carrot. Then you can stuff the carrot with pillow stuffing, fabric scraps, whatever you have on hand.
I didn’t want to simply pinch the base of the carrot closed and sew it shut. I think it’d take away from the overall look of the carrot. Instead, I cut out a little circle of white felt with a rectangle hanging off the end. You want the circle to be about the size of the carrot base, then you can sew it on. You can see my sewing skills are pretty basic but totally acceptable for costume making. Don’t be afraid of using a needle and thread when necessary!
The little rectangle then becomes Olaf’s teeth hanging just below his nose.
Wrap two wood skewers in white duct tape then duct tape the nose to the stick. Done.
I used 5 brown pipe cleaners to create Olaf’s hair. I twisted two pipe cleaners together to create a stiffer strand because my pipe cleaners seemed flimsy. I folded the last pipe cleaner in half and twister it together to create the shorter strand of hair.
Then I twisted all three pieces of hair together at one end and bent it to create a short 90-degree turn. I used even more white duct tape to tape the hair to the top of the hood. Once attached, simply shape your strands of hair to mimic Olaf’s twigs. I did end up cutting a small portion of the right pipe cleaner off so that it was shorter than the middle strand of hair.
Olaf’s buttons are a little bigger than his eyes, so I use my eye template to roughly cut out 3 black circles and then hot glued them to the front of the sweatshirt.
Quinn now wants a Kristoff costume, so I’ve been brainstorming on that front. If you’re interested in other Olaf ideas check out Allison’s Olaf Hat, Sara’s Olaf Shirt and our Olaf donut treat.
What do you think? Do you wanna build a snowman?
Don’t miss this HUGE list of Olaf ideas, over 75!!