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Courage the Cowardly Dog DIY Costume Guide

Courage the Cowardly Dog costume

Want to know how to make a Courage the Cowardly Dog costume? We’ve got you covered with our easy step-by-step DIY outfit guide.

Courage the Cowardly Dog was an animated television series, created by John R. Dilworth, that originally aired on Cartoon Network between 1999 and 20002.

Despite only running for a total of four seasons, an ensemble of terrifying side characters alongside a memorable main cast lives on rent-free in the traumatized psyche of the many millennials who had the horrific good fortune to grow up watching the cartoon.

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Courage is a small, timid, and easily frightened small dog who lives in the middle of ‘Nowhere’, a fictional American town.

His elderly owners, Muriel and Eustace Bagge, are often entirely oblivious to the monstrous and supernatural threats that frequently fall upon their homestead. This forces Courage to face the stuff of literal nightmares entirely on his own.

Fortunately, Courage the Cowardly is always able to overcome his fears and save his beloved owners, just like any good boy would.

How to Make a Courage the Cowardly Dog Costume

Courage the Cowardly Dog costume guide

Buy Courage costume items:

  1. Pink bodysuit
  2. Large floppy dog ears
  3. Pink cosplay tail
  4. Black fabric (optional)
  5. Fake buck teeth
  6. Black face paint
  7. Brown face paint
  8. Black brow pencil

Step 1: The Outfit – The main accessory for this Courage the Cowardly Dog costume is a light pink bodysuit. Once you have that, you can then add a pair of large, floppy dog ears and a pink tail.

Courage also has two large black spots on his back. If you want to incorporate these into your DIY costume you have a couple of options.

Firstly, you could paint them directly onto your morphsuit. the problem with this approach is polyester is not the easiest material to paint. If you go this route you will need an acrylic-based fabric paint. We also recommend checking out this how-to paint on polyester guide before you start.

The second option is to cut out the black circles from a sheet of craft fabric and attach them that way – either with fabric glue or by stitching.

Step 2: The Makeup – The makeup for your Courage outfit should be really quick and easy. With a brown face paint, color in the tip of your nose. Then, with a black face paint, draw in two short whiskers on both cheeks and add three dots to either side.

Another distinctive feature of Courage’s face is his expressive eyebrows. You can define your own brows with a simple brow pencil and you’re good to go!

Step 3: The Finishing Touches – To really take your Courage the Cowardly Dog costume to the next level, we highly recommend getting yourself some fake buck teeth.

These caps stick directly to your front two teeth with dental adhesive. Just note that it can be a little tricky to apply them properly, so set yourself some time aside to read all the instructions and prepare everything.

Bonus points for painting a large cavity on one of the teeth with a little black paint. Then you are all ready to recreate Courage’s iconic scream.

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