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Easy DIY Dalmatian Halloween Costume

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This DIY Dalmatian Halloween costume is an easy Cricut project. Make this Dalmatian costume for any age!

It’s a nice last minute Halloween costume for kids and also works for dress up / pretend play.

I received the new Cricut Maker 3 machine to review and some supplies to create a couple projects. I truly enjoy working with Cricut and getting creative with it.

In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to use the new smart materials iron-on vinyl with the Cricut Maker 3. You can still use an older machine and heat transfer vinyl for this project.

If you do not have a Cricut cutting machine or an EasyPress, you can still make this costume yourself by hand cutting the spots from iron-on vinyl and applying it with an iron.

Looking for more homemade Halloween costume ideas? Check out our DIY Hades costume inspired by Descendants 3.

White tween girl wearing white tshirt with various black spots ironed on and black headband with black felt dog ears. Above picture is black text on white background that says DIY Dalmatian Costume Cricut Project.

Homemade Dalmatian Costume

I wanted to share a quick and easy Halloween costume idea with you that could work for babies, toddlers, older kids and even adults. Love that it’s simple enough to pull together last minute too.

One year, my kids were obsessed with Paw Patrol and my son loved Marshall, the Dalmatian character. This project would be a great base for a DIY Paw Patrol Marshall costume – would just need a firefighter hat!

I was also thinking about Dalmatians a lot this year after watching the new Cruella movie a couple times. What a fun group costume idea for Halloween.

Whether your kid wants to be a solo pup or you are planning a family costume theme, this Dalmatian costume is easy to make with the new Cricut Maker 3.

I’m really loving the new smart materials that can be loaded without a mat.

Side view of black smart iron on roll loaded into blue Cricut Maker 3 without a mat.

One of the new smart materials from Cricut is their smart iron-on vinyl. It made cutting out a bunch of spots easier than loading and unloading multiple mats.

If you are making this costume for an elementary aged child and up, I’d recommend two 3ft rolls or a 9ft of smart iron-on. I only had one 3ft roll which was enough for the front of the shirt and used everyday iron on for the rest of the spots on the back.

The ears were also made by cutting felt with the Cricut Maker 3 and attaching them to a headband.

Dalmatian Halloween Costume Supplies:

Overhead view of blue Cricut Maker 3, green machine mat, set of Cricut felt, white folded shirt, black headband, and roll of smart black iron on vinyl in box all on the table.

If you are using a Cricut Maker 3, smart materials don’t need Machine Mats. However, regular materials do. When cutting fabric, a FabricGrip Mat is recommended. I don’t have one yet, so I used one of my other mats.

How to Make a Dalmatian Halloween Costume With a Cricut:

Gather up your supplies, prep your shirt, and start by creating a few different sized circles in Cricut Design Space or use my Dalmatian costume design.

Screenshot of Dalmatian spots grouped together in Design Space.

I created a few different sized circles using the space function. I also created groups of spots to make it easier to iron on without having to place them all individually. I made a large group that cuts nicely when using a 3ft roll of smart vinyl.

Screenshot of Dalmatian costume spots and ears in Design Space.

I also used the circle shape tool to make elongated oval shaped ears.

Choose which spots you want to use by clicking the eye icon next to the different groups until only the ones you want are visible. I used the long group with my smart vinyl, then the individual dots fitting however they were placed to cut on a 12×12 section of iron on loaded on a mat.

All iron-on vinyl (whether on a mat or not) is loaded with the shiny side face down. The system will remind you to turn on mirror image for iron-on projects; however, if you forget it will not affect the Dalmatian spots.

3 foot long liner of smart iron on vinyl with excess material removed showing all the black spots on the liner. Liner laying next to Cricut Maker 3 machine on table.

After cutting the spots, remove the excess iron-on material from the liner. Peel back from the corner at about a 45 degree angle.

Iron on vinyl liner cut apart into groups of different sized spots.

Cut the liner apart to make it easier to arrange individual spots or groups of spots on the shirt.

Overhead view of white tshirt laying on table with iron on spots design arranged on shirt before applying.

Use the Cricut Heat Guide to apply the iron on materials using the EasyPress 2.

Select the type of material you are using for your design, your base material, and whether you are using an EasyPress Mat or folded towel underneath your project.

It tells you what temperature to set the EasyPress 2, how long to preheat the base material, and how long to set the press timer.

White woman's left hand using EasyPress 2 to apply black iron on vinyl spots to white shirt.

Since we are placing spots all over the white shirt, I used the EasyPress 2 in sections. I started with the upper right side, then shifted the shirt over the EasyMat to press the upper left side. Continuing until the entire front side was done.

I left the liners on and carefully flipped the shirt over and repeated the process on the back.

Once all of the spots were applied and cooled down, I cold peeled the liners off.

Two felt ovals cut out using cutting machine laying on table next to machine mat with the rest of the felt material.

Next, I loaded the felt fabric into my Cricut to cut out the ears. I put the headband on to get an idea of where I wanted the ears to be placed and marked the headband with clothespins.

Clothespins clipping black felt ears to thin black headband before hot gluing.

Then I hot glued the felt ears to the headband. I placed mine to lay flat along the sides of the head, but you could turn them so they flop forward.

White tween girl standing outside with head turned to the side showing felt ears while wearing homemade Dalmatian costume.

Pair it with a pair of black leggings or black pants and you’re done! Or, repeat the process to apply more black spots to white pants.

White tween girl wearing finished DIY Dalmatian costume and posing like a dog with tongue sticking out and arms raised with hands curled down like paws.

More Halloween Costume Ideas:

More Cricut Projects:

Completed Dalmatian costume: white tshirt with black spots of different sizes ironed on laying out on table. Headband with black felt ears glued on is laying on top of shirt.

DIY Dalmatian Halloween Costume

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Make this cute DIY Dalmatian costume for Halloween. It's an easy Cricut project.

Materials

  • Dalmatian costume design
  • Plain white tshirt
  • Black headband
  • Black felt
  • Black iron-on vinyl (I used Smart Iron-On Vinyl and Everyday Iron-On in black)

Tools

  • Cricut cutting machine (I used Cricut Maker 3)
  • EasyPress 2 (I used the 9x9)
  • EasyPress Mat
  • Hot glue gun

Instructions

  1. Gather up your supplies, prep your shirt, and start by creating a few different sized circles in Cricut Design Space or use my Dalmatian costume design.
  2. I created a few different sized circles using the space function. I also created groups of spots to make it easier to iron on without having to place them all individually. I made a large group that cuts nicely when using a 3ft roll of smart vinyl.
  3. I also used the circle shape tool to make elongated oval shaped ears.
  4. Choose which spots you want to use by clicking the eye icon next to the different groups until only the ones you want are visible. I used the long group with my smart vinyl, then the individual dots fitting however they were placed to cut on a 12x12 section of iron on loaded on a mat.
  5. All iron-on vinyl (whether on a mat or not) is loaded with the shiny side face down. The system will remind you to turn on mirror image for iron-on projects; however, if you forget it will not affect the Dalmatian spots.
  6. After cutting the spots, remove the excess iron-on material from the liner. Peel back from the corner at about a 45 degree angle.
  7. Cut the liner apart to make it easier to arrange individual spots or groups of spots on the shirt.
  8. Use the Cricut Heat Guide to apply the iron on materials using the EasyPress 2.
  9. Select the type of material you are using for your design, your base material, and whether you are using an EasyPress Mat or folded towel underneath your project.
  10. It tells you what temperature to set the EasyPress 2, how long to preheat the base material, and how long to set the press timer.
  11. Since we are placing spots all over the white shirt, I used the EasyPress 2 in sections. I started with the upper right side, then shifted the shirt over the EasyMat to press the upper left side. Continuing until the entire front side was done.
  12. I left the liners on and carefully flipped the shirt over and repeated the process on the back.
  13. Once all of the spots were applied and cooled down, I cold peeled the liners off.
  14. Next, I loaded the felt fabric into my Cricut to cut out the ears. I put the headband on to get an idea of where I wanted the ears to be placed and marked the headband with clothespins.
  15. Then I hot glued the felt ears to the headband. I placed mine to lay flat along the sides of the head, but you could turn them so they flop forward.
  16. Pair it with a pair of black leggings or black pants and you're done! Or, repeat the process to apply more black spots to white pants.

Notes

If you are making this costume for an elementary aged child and up, I'd recommend two 3ft rolls or a 9ft of smart iron-on.

If you are using a Cricut Maker 3 or a Cricut Air 3, smart materials don't need Machine Mats. However, regular materials do.

When cutting fabric, a FabricGrip Mat is recommended.

If you do not have a Cricut cutting machine or an EasyPress, you can still make this costume yourself by hand cutting the spots from iron-on vinyl and applying it with an iron.

Did you make this project?

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