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Coronavirus DIY Dog Halloween Costume

Remember to post pictures of your dog in costume to your social media using #SmellyDogCostume2020

What you need:

-1 Yellow Dog Tee Shirt – $8.99

-1 Sheet Dark Tee Fabric Transfer Paper (Do NOT use Light Fabric Transfer because it is clear, not white) - Amazon: PPD Inkjet PREMIUM Iron-On Dark T Shirt Transfers Paper $12.99

-1 Lightweight Red Spiked Rubber Ball (NOT plastic blow-up) – Spritz 6ct Light Up Spiky Ball $5.00

-1 Piece of Elastic –

-3 Safety Pins

-Hot Glue Gun and Glue


-Cardboard piece that fits inside dog tee (I used the front of a cereal box)

-Ink Jet Printer

-Sturdy Piece of Board or Sturdy Wooden Table large enough to iron your tee


-Fabric Tape Measure



1. Print the Corona Template onto a Dark Tee Fabric Transfer Sheet using your ink jet printer. My suggested transfer paper sheets do NOT need to be mirrored. Read instructions on the brand of transfer paper you have chosen to determine whether you need to mirror the image so that it reads correctly on your tee shirt. Use scissors to cut around the edge of the image.

2. Place cardboard piece inside the dog tee shirt. Do NOT use an ironing board for this project. Instead use a sturdy wood table or board. Place a pillow case over the table or board and iron your tee shirt. Be sure to get all the wrinkles out.

3. While tee is still warm, quickly place the Corona image in proper place on the tee, either face up or down, as instructed by your transfer paper. Cover the transfer paper with silicon sheet, if needed. (Note: PPD transfer paper provides silicon sheet in package. Some transfer paper sheets come with silicon already on the back, like Avery Brand.) Iron the image on high heat with NO steam. The PPD brand transfer paper suggests ironing for 3 minutes, moving over each section in small circles. Focus on the edges so they don’t peel up. I only ironed for about 90 seconds. The white will darken if you iron for too long, so pay attention! Now your Corona bottle is finished.

4. Using your fabric tape measure, measure around your dog’s head for the Virus headband, and add 2 inches. I chose to put the headband over my dog’s eyes and around the jaw line because the headband will NOT stay on if I put it any other way. Cut elastic to the length you measured above (don’t forget to add the extra 2 inches). Place two safety pins into the elastic to make it the correct size to stay on your dog’s head. Too tight or too loose and it will slip off. Good thing about using safety pins, is that you can easily adjust the band if you don’t get it right the first time. Now your Virus headband is complete!

5. Take the spiked rubber ball and use scissors to cut the spikes away from the ball in the area where you plan to attach it to the elastic band.

6. Use hot glue gun to place a stream of glue onto the center of the elastic band. Then attach the rubber ball and use your fingers to apply pressure. The glue will adhere and dry quickly. Next, to ensure the ball would stay put, I used a large safety pin to poke through the bottom side of the elastic, into the ball and back through the elastic. Then I closed the safety pin.

Be sure to mask up, because here comes the Coronavirus! Dress up your dog and have fun!

Remember to post pictures of your dog in costume to your social media using #SmellyDogCostume2020.

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