How to Make a Cowboy Costume

Brooke Chateauneuf
Aug. 9, 2013

As a part of the Halloween costume series, here's how to turn your child into the coolest cowboy at the dude ranch (or neighborhood).

This town ain't gonna be big enough for the two of us this Halloween when you make this cowboy costume for your child.


  • Brown or black t-shirt
  • Blue jeans
  • 2 8-inch x 11-inch sheets brown felt
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Long-sleeve button down plaid or white shirt
  • Brown belt
  • Red handkerchief
  • Cowboy hat
  • Cowboy boots (or any brown shoe)
  • Spool of twine/rope

Step 1: Cut t-shirt in a straight line down the middle, and then cut off sleeves at the seam, to create a vest. Around the bottom of the vest, cut several 1-inch long slits, to create a fringe.

Step 2: To make the fringe for the pants, cut out 10 1-inch x 3-inch pieces of brown felt. Lay blue jeans flat on a table. Using hot glue gun, attach felt pieces in a single layer up the seam of the blue jeans until the knee -- five on each leg. If need be, use more or less pieces.

Step 3: Create a braided belt by cutting 9 pieces of twine about the length of your child's waist. (It might be easiest to measure one piece before to make sure it is long enough.) Next, separate the nine pieces into sections of three and knot at the top. Braid each individual section and then braid these sections together to create an easy yet adorable cowboy belt.

Step 4: Put on outfit: shirt, vest, blue jeans, belt, hat and boots. Loosely tie handkerchief around neck and your cowboy is ready for the rodeo!

And check out more popular Halloween costumes for boys and for girls!

Tips and stories from parents and caregivers who’ve been there.

Please enter a valid email address

Thanks for signing up!

We’ll see you back in your inbox.

Leave a comment

Create a free account with and join our community today.

You may also like

How much should you pay for a babysitter?