While Halloween may look a little different this year, that doesn’t mean you can’t dress up the family! Mine includes an 8-month old golden retriever/ cocker spaniel mix named Bailey (who happens to be the cutest little monster of all time). Halloween is just around the corner, so I thought I’d share a quick and easy Halloween costume for dogs. What is easier than turning your pet into a TY Beanie Baby stuffed animal?! All you need to to create the iconic “TY” tag and voila – you’ve got yourself a life sized beanie baby! Even better – everything you need to create the TY beanie baby tag can be found at the dollar store!
- A red and white bristol board
- A pencil
- Elmer’s Glue
- Gold Marker
- Red, white or black string
How To Make a “TY” Tag:
Once you have all the items above, creating the TY tag is super easy and takes less than 20 minutes! You can even create it while watching Netflix (hey re-runs of Grey’s Anatomy). Simply follow the directions below and you’re all set!
1. Draw & Cut Out White Heart
Using a pencil, draw a heart on your white bristol board. You may want to mark a rough estimate by holding up the bristol board up to your pet. The smaller your pet, the smaller your heart. And so on. If you’re not the most artistic you can google “heart”, print it off and trace onto your white bristol board.
Using a pencil, draw a heart on your white bristol board. If you’re not the most artistic you can google “heart”, print it off and trace onto your white bristol board. Using scissors, cut out your white heart!
2. Outline White Heart In Gold
Using a gold marker, outline your white heart. Make sure it is thick – and don’t worry about it being perfect. You’ll see why in a second!
3. Draw & Cut Out (Smaller) Red Heart
Next you’ll cut out a red heart to place overtop of the white heart. Make sure it’s small enough to let the gold board pop out from behind!
4. Cut Draw & Out “TY” Letters
Using a pencil, draw the letters “TY”. I googled an image of the TY beanie baby tag and replicated it. It’s pretty straightforward. Remember, it doesn’t have to be perfect! Then, using Elmers glue – glue the red heart onto the white heart and let it dry.
5. Punch A Hole & Insert String
Use whatever you have around the house to create a small hole in the top left corner of the heart. Make sure the hole is on the red portion of the heart. Then, cut a piece of string and place through hole. Fasten around your dog’s collar! And you’re finished!
I’m over-the-moon over this incredibly cute, easy-to-make, affordable Halloween costume for your dog. You can also make the same tag for your cat! Bailey says “Happy Halloween and stay safe out there”!