After making my Asriel Dreemurr Cosplay a few months ago, along with the Chaos Sabers that came not long after, I still felt the need to improve the cosplay. I realized that I had forgot the one thing that all goats have, a tail!
In this tutorial, I will show you how you can make your own tail that will work in almost any cosplay that requires a tail. These steps can easily be modified to suit your needs, so don't be upset if your tail doesn't look like mine!
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Lets get started!
Step 1: Gather Supplies
This method for making tails is very cheap and simple. It can be done in around 30 minutes which makes it really easy to make a bunch. (I was able to make two in different sizes for me to choose between. This only took around 50 minutes total!)
The tools you will need include:
- a hot glue gun
- screwdrivers of various sizes (for poking holes if necessary)
- a marker that can write on various materials
- a pen
The materials you will need include:
- Faux fur in any color
- foam core board
- upholstery foam or any spongy foam
And that's it! Most of these things might be found laying around the house already, and these materials are very easy to find in stores if you look in the right places. Once you have all of this, you can move on to the next step!
Step 2: Creating the Rough Shape
Sketch out the shape of your tail on a piece of foam core board and cut this out. This will be used as a stencil and as support for the tail, so don't lose this! I just made a simple half crescent shape that was around 10 inches long, but you can make any shape and size just by changing the size and shape of your foam board piece.
Once this is cut out, trace the shape twice onto the spongy foam. You might need to do this multiple times and layer them together if your foam is too thin. My upholstery foam sheet was one inch thick which required two cut-outs of the same shape. Remember to always cut out an EVEN number of foam pieces because this will be important when layering it together.
Once you have all of your pieces cut out, you can hot glue the layers together. Start by applying a good amount of hot glue to one side of the foam core piece, then quickly press it to a soft foam piece. Be careful when doing this because you will want the layers to match up as much as possible. Continue to do this until all of the layers are glued together.
You will notice that the shape is very blocky and has very square edges. you will want to fix this before moving on, so carve away at the edges with scissors to round these edges. Continue to round out everything until you are happy with the shape. Remember, it doesn't matter how bumpy the surface is because it will all be covered up in the next step.
Step 3: Covering the Whole Thing in Fur!
If you have made it this far, then congrats! The hardest part is over! Now you can cover the whole thing in fur.
To do this, start by running a bead of glue along the TOP of the tail. It is very important to do the top first because it will look much nicer in the end. Now, press the glued side into the MIDDLE of a piece of the fur that is large enough to cover the whole tail. To stay on the safe side, leave around an inch of extra material on all of the edges to prevent wasting material. Be sure to wait for the glue to harden before slowly working your way around the tail. Just apply a line of glue, hold the fabric down in place, then move up on both sides.
Once you reach the end, cut off all of the excess material. Be careful at this step because this part is important if you want it to look professional. apply a small amount of glue along the INSIDE of one side and press it down. Next do the same with the other side and make sure that the edges meet in the middle. Continue to do this until you reach the last inch or so from the end. The end wasn't as pointy as I wanted it to look so I cut this into a point before gluing it shut. Once this is done, the basic tail is done!
If you are happy with how it looks, you can stop here, but I decided to finish it off with this next step.
Step 4: Finishing Touches
To finish the tail and make it look more professional, I glued around the edges of the fabric and pressed it inwards to keep it from ever peeling off in the future. I also cut out an oval of foam core board and glued this in place. This will make attaching the tail much easier.
Speaking of attaching the tail, this can be done in any way that is convenient to you. If you want it permanently attached to your cosplay, you can simply hot glue it on, or sew it for more support. For a more temporary way to attach it, you can glue on loops of fabric to go onto a belt. There are many ways to attach this tail, just find the easiest and most practical way for you!
I also 3d printed a simple clip to go on the back of pants for a removable and reusable tail! This would allow for the tail to be moved around without having to use a belt or having to keep sewing it to different pants. This method was the easiest for me.
Step 5: Conclusion
This tail was a lot of fun to make. The method is really simple, cheap and can be applied to almost any shape you want. If you end up making one for yourself, let me know by clicking "I made it!" I'd love to see what other people make! If you have enjoyed this instructable, please let me know by favoriting it, voting for it, or following my account! It is not required, but I would greatly appreciate it!
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