DIY Snail Costume

Hey Cuties,

We are pressing the wrap it up button on September and October arrives in a few short days. HELLO LIBRA SEASON!!! #1018 Okay, so I get a bit excited about my birthday month but this excitement is for Halloween. I don’t decorate our home and I don’t enjoy the scary creepy things about Halloween. Why, you ask because I’m scary as he!!. What I do enjoy is the adorable little kiddies that ring my doorbell dressed in their uber cute costumes. A lot of parents buy costumes and that is totally okay if you are feeling a bit crafty I am going to show you how to make a snail costume.

Thus far on the blog I’ve taught you how to be Minnie Mouse/Mickey Mouse, Superhero and an owl. These tutorials are good for any age, so let’s add another into the mix. Last year Nori dressed up as a snail, it seems a bit random for a two year old but Turbo was her favorite movie. I was up for the challenge and I suckered Babe into assisting me a bit.

DIY Snail Costume 2


1. Tape 2. Hot Glue Gun 3. Scissors 4. Brown Paper 5. String/Ribbon 6. Piece of Cardboard 7. Puff Balls 8. Headband


DIY Snail Costume 1

This is regular brown paper you get inside of your packages when they arrive. Babe purchased this roll of paper from the hardware store. {Do people even call it that anymore?}

1. Cut long strips of paper 2. Crumble up the paper {this is the fun part the kids want to do.} 3. Roll/Twist up the paper.

You want to roll the paper into a circle but make it look like a cinnamon bun that sticks up in the middle. This is your snail shell so you can use this technique or come up with your own. Use pieces of tape to secure your roll as you continue to layer the paper. {Babe was a big help here, four hands were better than two.} Keep going until you have your desired size. I made the shell in two pieces and then secured them together.

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Completed shell.

After I made each half I reinforced them with the hot glue gun. The glue dries fast so you have to move quickly. You can also use tape to keep it together just be sure you can’t see it from the outside. I used clear tape so it wasn’t so obvious. After I secured each shell I put them together; you can tell where they meet from the picture above.

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Cut out a square piece of cardboard {top left}, the size is based on the size of the shell. I cut out two strips of yellow polka dot ribbon. You can use ribbon, string, or whatever you want. I placed the square against the shell to make sure it was a good size.  Then I placed it in the middle of my daughters back to make sure it was a good size.  I measured my ribbon by attaching it to the cardboard with a binder clip. Then I placed it on her back and wrapped the string about her shoulder, underneath her arm pit and back to the cardboard again. I clipped off any of the extra ribbon; then secured the ribbon to the board with the hot glue gun. Now it should fit like a back pack, you want a snug fit with no slack so your shell doesn’t flop around. Once you have it fitted the way you want attach the back board to the shell. {I left Nori’s ribbons open because I wanted to tie them closed.}

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Making sure the shell is a good fit for her.


I had headbands left over from Nori’s 1’s Bee Day, so I just used what I had and you can toot. I wrapped the ribbon around the headband and secured it with the glue gun. After that was done I adding in my antennas. I used pipe cleaners to make them stand up; I ended up making them thicker after taking this image.

DIY Snail Costume 3

Once I got the antennas right I used the hot glue gun to attach a yellow pom pom on the top of each tentacle.

DIY Snail Costume 4b

We are all set to put everything on.

Babe added in a couple of zip ties to make sure the paper didn’t come undone.

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My snail was all set to go although you can’t tell by her facial expression. I got her top and sweatpants from the local store for less than $10 total. I paired them with a pair of faux Ugg boots; I put a pair of leggings under her pants so she was comfy and warm without having to wear a coat. Note her ribbons tied into bows on each shoulder, this allowed me to tighten them up as much as I like.

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Her snail costume was a total hit!


How do you handle the Halloween costume situation in your home? You make, you buy, you let them decide, you decide for them? Talk to me. Chat with me in the comment section below or FB, IG or Twitter.


Article written by:

Mimi Robinson is the Lifestyle Media Correspondent and editor behind MimiCuteLips®. She is a wife and mother of two. You can find Mimi working media at your favorite events, traveling and trying out new adventures, or working on a dope DIY project.

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  1. Nancy

    She looks so cute, I love this DIY, I would love to try diy costumes this year to get the kids involved

  2. Sasha-Shae

    This is too cute!! I’m always all for DIY crafts and things for kids.

  3. kita

    Awww so cute. My mom was a craft person so I had something unique every year although she never let me go trick or treating she would just take pictures lol. I love when you can craft things yourself makes you unique

  4. Chasing Joy

    That is really cute and creative. I would have never thought of a snail.

  5. Stacie

    Aw she is so cute with that costume on. How clever! You really did a good jog with this one!

  6. Christine @MomsNCharge

    Girl…I’m gonna slide you some funds to make some costumes for my kids. I’m not that crafty but these DIY costumes are ev-er-y-THING!!!!

  7. Nicole (Nicole's Lifestyle Lounge)

    So creative! I can see why the costume was a hit… she looked awesome in it.

  8. Brittany

    OMG! What a cute idea!

    Brittany x

  9. Jeanette

    This is TOO cute for words! She looks so cute in that costume! You are so creative with it. I would have never thought about doing something like this!

  10. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    That is the cutest costume ever. That is pretty easy to make, too! I love it.

  11. Stephen Parry

    oh my goodness this is the cutest costume I have ever seen! such a great DIY idea 🙂

  12. Liz Mays

    Oh my gosh this is adorable. You’re a genius! This is seriously one of the best DIY costumes I’ve seen.

  13. Jonna

    That was uber creative. I don’t have that much of a creative bone in my body!

  14. Patranila

    She is the cutest snail ever! This is a snazzy costume.

  15. Crissy Page

    This post had me smiling from ear to ear. your little snail is absolutely adorable. Great DIY!

  16. Clarissa

    Omg! If my daughter wasn’t obsessed with Frozen. I would so make her wear this for holloween! So unique and ADORABLE!

    • MimiCuteLips

      lol Thanks Clarissa, Frozen is a cult I’m convinced. They have turned all the kids into little Frozen zombies. They can’t let it go.

  17. aaronica (the crunchy mommy)

    this is so cute!!!!! i love it!!!! i would never have thought to do that!

  18. lisa

    What a cute idea!! I really love this-she looks adorable. Very clever and easy enough to make!

  19. Kori Tomelden

    That is an absolutely adorable costume! And this coming from someone who doesn’t like snails, lol.

  20. TheBusinessDr

    this is super cute!!! ❤️❤️ it

  21. rika

    love this cute DIY! So adorable and easy to follow! So creative! We love snails

  22. MJ

    This is such a cute costume and I love how original it is. You did a great job. I have a DIY costume idea I need to do with my kiddo. We shall see. I’m inspired.

  23. Annemarie LeBlanc

    Halloween costumes for kids should not be expensive. If we have the right resources, a creative mind and an eye for detail, we can create one special Halloween costume for our little ones.

  24. Angie K

    I love DIY projects like this! The costume is too adorable!! love it, great post!

  25. Jeanine

    Oh this is just adorable! What a great idea. I would love to make this for one of my kiddos!

  26. Ramona

    This is an awesome custom. I love this idea. It’s very creative. It looks comfortable as well. Thanks for sharing.

  27. Camesha | Mama Motivator

    So stinking cute! You did a great job! Mine would probably end up looking like a Pinterest fail. :-/

  28. Ann B

    This is an amazing DIY costume. It turned out fantastic. I will have to try this for my friends little one.

  29. Dogvills

    Oh Mimi, your little princess is too adorable. I love the snail costume. It’s so simple to do and I’m sure it didn’t cost much.

  30. Chubskulit Rose

    Oh my gosh that is adorble and you did a great job. I wish I am as creative as you!

  31. Valerie

    That is too darn CUTE!!!!!!!! Great job mom! And it looks so simple to make – wow! Thanks for sharing this right in time for Halloween coming up.

  32. Kathy

    That’s a really cute costume. I’ve been thinking of something to make for my daughters for a Halloween costume. I think it’s better to make them instead of buy them. Saves you on a lot of money too.

  33. Shaney Vijendranath

    This is brilliant! You definitely a creative mom ;)… now if only I could do this too. Hmmm…

  34. Yona Williams

    The ribbons on the costume are really cute – I would have never thought that the shell was made out of craft paper by looking at the photo. By the way, I love your glue gun – it’s so cute!

  35. Ashleigh

    Oh that is such a cute idea! I love DIY costumes, great way to save money.

  36. Rebecca Swenor

    This is adorable and I haven’t seen a homemade snail costume before. I will have to share this with my sister and niece for their little ones. Thanks for the idea.

  37. Rae

    OMG! How adorable!

  38. Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen

    What a great costume idea! It look so easy to do as well.

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  42. Mimi

    I freaking love snails, and I’m pretty sure I have most of these supplies on hand! Family of snails, here I come!
    (PS I think it’s awesome that you go by Mimi and you have an Oct birthday, because I do too! Seriously!)

  43. lucy

    My little girl decided she wants to go as the snail from ‘The snail and the whale’ for world book day tomorrow! I can’t thank you enough for this tutorial – I have only had today to try and make something. x

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