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This adorable costume was made for Martha Stewart's dog, Sharkey, for her Petacular Halloween Show! It can be made easily with a low cost recycled fiber optic toy, felt, and some cute little pom poms!

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Step 1: Tools and Materials

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  • Fiber-optic strands
  • Scissors
  • Electrical tape
  • Floral wire
  • Bead crimp tool
  • Travel aspirin bottle * (cylinder-shaped – we used Excedrin brand)
  • Silver reflective paper
  • 5-millimeter LED light (Link)
  • 1-inch diameter button (or same size as the base of your bottle)
  • Butt splice connectors (Link) or Crimp-on connectors (Link)
  • Red "+" wire (Link) **
  • Black "-" wire (Link) **
  • 1/2 yard of green felt (we used a nice wool felt)
  • 1/2 yard felt for lining (again, I used wool)
  • 1/4 yard of white tulle (outside dandelion puff fabric)
  • 1/4 yard of double thick cotton batting (inner dandelion puff material)
  • Adhesive Velcro dots
  • 2 AAA Batteries an holder (Link)
  • Sewing machine
  • Lengths of Velcro for straps
  • Needle and thread for hand-sewing
  • Yellow craft pom poms
  • Hot glue and gun

* The size of your tube determines the size of your bundle, so if you want to use less fibers, you can use a smaller tube like a chaptstick container.

**You don't need much wire, so an option is to open inside of an old telephone cable and pull the wires out.

Step 2: Make the fiber optic bundle

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Follow the diagram below for steps 2 - 6.

Start with a bunch of fiber-optic strands -- about the diameter of a nickel. Cut the entire bunch to an even 20 inches, making sure the wires are all flush on the bottom.  Then, wrap the strands with electrical tape 1/2 inch from one end to hold them in place. Finally, very tightly wind floral wire over the electrical tape multiple times to secure. Test to make sure that the strands do not fall out - if they do, tighten the wire.  If needed, cut all the ends of the fiber-optics along the bottom to ensure they are even.

[Tip: Wrap with electrical tape on top of the wire to keep the wire from moving around]
Perfect for a Pomeranian!
zack2474 years ago
in the last step it looks like shes wearing a very sparkly hat! cute, but my dog would never let me put even a hat on her, let alone a costume.(she wont wear boots for the winter either)
mary candy4 years ago
poor dogy
beanz555 years ago
 cool pic really cool send me a message
SwitchGirl (author)  beanz555 years ago
Thanks beanz... "hi there!"
 sorry if you do not want to
 and how do u get patches
 no thank you it is really cute hey if u dont ind could we use messafe instead i am still new
cupcake8115 years ago
So cute!
skeet1035 years ago
This is amazing and I can make it with all recycled products I LOVE IT!!!
J-Five5 years ago
I agree
How cute!!!
AllyxJo5 years ago
omg hes sooo cute! i made one for my pomeranian, Sponge, and he loooooved it! he prances around the house in his costume and shows off to our bigger dog, Bandit. He will definitely be the talk of the subdivision tomorrow!! thanks much! (:
that is really cute!! i *love* the light-up aspect of the costume!
ChrysN5 years ago
Awww, how sweet!
canida5 years ago
So cute! 
The dandelion fuzz sticks out just like the dog's fur, and she seems to love it, too. ;)
SwitchGirl (author)  canida5 years ago
Thank you. Mojo does like the costume, he'll be walking proudly and safely on Saturday!
lebowski5 years ago
Nice work!