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Cobra Kai DIY Dog Halloween Costume

Updated: Oct 27, 2020

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

What you need:

-1 Black Dog Tee Shirt $8.99

-1 Sheet Dark Tee Fabric Transfer Paper (Do NOT use Light Fabric Transfer because it is clear, not white) - PPD Inkjet PREMIUM Iron-On Dark T Shirt Transfers Paper $12.95

-Stiff Black Ribbon (1” thick for small dogs, 2” thick for large dogs) – $2.00-$4.00


-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 Cobra Kai 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. Use scissors to cut out the design.

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 Cobra Kai design in the proper places 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 design on high heat with NO steam. The PPD brand transfer paper suggests ironing for 3 minutes, but that is WAY TOO LONG for this! The white area of design will darken if you iron for too long. Focus ironing around the edges. I suggest no more than 30 seconds.

4. Using your fabric tape measure, measure the girth of your dog’s waist for the “black belt”, and add 12 inches. Also measure around your dog’s head for the headband, and add 8 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 two pieces of the stiff black ribbon using the two measurements above to create a black belt and a headband.

Now your costume is complete! Dress up your dog with the Cobra Kai Ghee, tie on the black belt and the headband and you’re ready to shout “Strike First, Strike Hard, No Mercy, Sir!”

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