This Fortnite costume post is a year in the making. Last summer, Elliot asked me to make him a Fortnite Doggo costume.
Initially, it seemed like an easy project but a busy summer enabled me to procrastinate. By the time Elliot decided to dress up as Doggo for Halloween, I only had a few weeks to make the costume.
Doggo Fortnite Costume
My kiddo lives in hoodie sweatshirts, almost year-round so I saw making this costume as just another way to expand his wardrobe. The base of the costume is an orange hoodie with brown, red and green stripes on it.
Initially I did use duct tape to model how the design would work, sort of as a test run. It was super easy to put a few strips of duct tape on the costume to get the basic look for a Fortnite Doggo costume.
Because I wanted it to be an everyday sweatshirt, I opted to create it with iron-on vinyl instead of duct tape that way it could be washed.
Fortnite Doggo Costume Materials
- Orange Hoodie
- Red, brown and green iron on vinyl
- Small metal dog bowl
- Black gloves
- Brown boots
- Orange laces
- Gold and orange duct tape
- Pug dog mask
If I were to do it all over again, I would have stuck to the simple duct tape version of the costume and skipped messing with iron-on vinyl. This Doggo costume sweatshirt was the hardest costume for me to create. Mostly because I had unrealistic expectations of how easy it should have been.
How To Make a Doggo Costume
If you are sticking to simple stripes on the front of the sweatshirt, then it should be fairly straight forward to make with duct tape or iron-on vinyl. I wanted the stripes to go around the back of the sweatshirt at the shoulder and sleeves like the actual Doggo skin in Fortnite.
I tried really hard to make this perfect, stripes of color seemed like an easy thing to do but going around a sleeve and the back of the sweatshirt was not easy. In the end, I did the best I could and my son loved it.
I was very hard on myself but at the end of the day I was happy to have it done. Again I recommend just sticking to basic stripes on the front of the sweatshirt and call it a day.
Doggo Costume Accessories
Beyond the obvious dog mask and orange sweatshirt with stripes, there are a couple of key Doggo costume accessories I made. I added orange laces and stripes of orange duct to darn brown boots we already owned.
I also found a pair of black cotton work gloves at a dollar store and added dog bone decals using orange duct tape to the top of each glove.
The key to cutting duct tape is to drawing the design on parchment paper, then covering the design with overlapping strips of duct tape. The parchment paper makes it much easier to cut through the duct tape with scissors. If you’ve ever tried to cut duct tape with scissors you under will understand the problem.
I found a simple silver dog bowl from the dollar store with a black rubber edging. The rubber edging allowed me to use safety pins to attach the bowl (through the rubber) to the sweatshirt. I added a black and white ‘ODIN’ label to the dog bowl.
The last Doggo costume accessory is the a gold dog bone necklace. I cut a dog bone shape out of cardboard and covered it in gold duct tape. The dog bone was then attached to light brown corded string. That’s it, you’re done.
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This post was originally published July 2, 2020.