How to Make a Ninja Turtle Costume for Cheap

by Alex Smith ; Updated October 17, 2017

Dress as a Ninja Turtle for Halloween.

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Items you will need

  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Spray paint
  • Marker
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Green yarn
  • Hot glue gun
  • Blue, red, orange or purple fabric
  • Green sweatsuit
  • Brown knee and elbow pads
  • Brown fabric
  • Green makeup

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have entertained an entire generation of children, and they're still quite common in popular culture. You can make a Ninja Turtle costume inexpensively, mostly out of items that you may already have around your home. This costume can be made in an afternoon, making it a good option for a last-minute costume party. If desired you can embellish it with the ninja weapons carried by the turtles.

Step 1

Cut an oval out of cardboard that is large enough to fit on your back like a shell.

Step 2

Cut a smaller oval that can fit from your collar bone to below your groin. Cut two rounded shapes out of the bottom, leaving a pointed triangle at the base.

Step 3

Spray the larger oval with light brown spray paint, and the smaller one with yellow spray paint.

Step 4

Draw a shell pattern onto the larger circle with a thick marker.

Step 5

Paint darker brown paint around the edges of the drawn lines, leaving the lighter brown in the middle of each shape. This will give the illusion of three dimensions.

Step 6

Divide the smaller oval into six rounded sections with the marker, following the design found on the cartoon characters.

Step 7

Attach the front and back shells together with green yarn at the shoulders, hot gluing it in place. You will wear these shells like a sandwich sign used for advertising.

Step 8

Cut a 4-inch-by-48-inch strip of fabric in either blue, red, orange or purple with a pair of scissors.

Step 9

Cut eye holes in the middle of the fabric.

Step 10

Put on a green sweatsuit with brown knee and elbow pads. Put on the shells, then tie them in place with a strip of brown fabric as a belt. Paint your face with green makeup before donning the colored headband, which should be knotted in the back.

Photo Credits

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About the Author

Alex Smith began writing in 2006 and brings a combination of education and humor to various websites. He holds a Master of Arts in theater and works as a professional makeup and special-effects artist.