DIY Olaf Costume

My youngest son loves the movie Frozen, so I was not surprised when he announced that he wanted to be Olaf for Halloween this year.  I knew it would be difficult to come up with a DIY Olaf Costume for him to wear, but I couldn't be more pleased with how it turned out.

Isn't he the cutest?

To make the "body" part of the costume, I started with an oversized turtleneck from Walmart that I got on clearance for $3.  (It's big so my little guy will be able to wear a jacket under it for trick or treating.)  Then, I made some pom poms and used hot glue to attach them to the front of the shirt. Finally, I cut the legs off a pair of old tights and pulled them over the sleeves of the turtleneck (to make arms), and I added a pair of black stretchy gloves from the dollar store.

To make the Olaf hat, I started with a plain white hat that I got at the dollar store for $2.

Then, I cut all the facial features out of felt.  You can use the template below as a guide.  Just right click on the picture below, save it to your computer, and print the 8X10 photo.

I stitched the eyes together, and I stitched the nose together, but if you are looking for a "no-sew" option, you can use hot glue to assemble the pieces.

Then, once the pieces were assembled, I attached everything to the hat with hot glue.

Finally, I cut a small slit in the top of the hat, pulled through a couple of pipe cleaners, and secured them in place with some hot glue.

I made this DIY Olaf Costume for less than $10, and I think it is totally adorable, don't you? 

And if you are looking for an even easier option, I designed a cute, paper Olaf hat template that you can download here.


Gina Bell (aka East Coast Mommy)

PS (You can find MORE DIY Halloween Costume Ideas here.)


  1. That is a really sweet costume. My daughter wants to be Elsa which means my son wants to be Elsa too :)

  2. Fantastic! This s really great!

    Frozen fans will absolutely adore this.

    I can't wait to show my Things! :D

  3. Hello there...just found this on a google search for my 4-year-old's costume request. Adorable! And I can totally do this. Unless he changes his mind before Halloween... ;)

  4. Super cute idea, My kids LOVE Olaf! Pinning! Thanks for linking up at the Inspire Halloween Linky Party

  5. Just made this costume with my 10 year old son who has Autism. He was able to help me through almost the whole process. There aren't many activities like this that he enjoys, yet he was insistent upon helping me the entire way. Thank You So Much!!! This costume means so much more than just a night of Trick-or-Treating. Not to mention he can wear the hat anytime

    1. Thanks so much for sharing this lovely story with me. You brought tears to my eyes and totally made my day! I'm so glad that I was able to be a small part of this wonderful Halloween memory.

  6. Hey...I love this its so cute. How did you make the pom poms if you dont mind sharing!

    1. Of course I don't mind sharing! :-) You can find a tutorial here....

  7. I found you on the KBN Halloween for Kids Pinterest Board and will be sharing in a Halloween Roundup on my blog tonight!

  8. Thank you! My husband had a white cap and I followed your instructions! Nice of you to share x


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