Introduction: Vicious Koala Attack Child Costume

A koala might seem like a cuddly animal, but deprive them of the eucalyptus leaves fermenting in their guts keeping them permanently drunk, and you have a vicious killing machine. When provoked, koalas are known to throw a foreleg around their opponent and bite. Help children understand the vicious nature of this seemingly cute but actually dangerous animal with a Koala Attack Halloween Costume.

Or, admit that you wanted to sew a fanged animal onto your child's clothing as a costume, and since really any animal will do for such high-concept art, a koala found at the local thrift shop allows one to pontificate about koalas' diet and aggressiveness.

Step 1: Get Cheap Stuffed Animals

I found local thrift stores to be good source of stuffed animals. 

You won't believe this part:  I bought the koala for $1, and before starting in on my costume idea, tossed it into the washing machine.  After the spin-cycle, I heard a faint song coming from the washing machine.  Upon opening the door, imagine my surprise to hear "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" in beepy monotone emanating from the koala.  Not only had the electronics survived and then been activated by the washer, but someone had put the unofficial anthem of baseball into a marsupial native to Australia! 

Step 2: Cut Open the Mouth; Sew in Fangs

Where'd the dog come from?  I thought this was about koalas? 

I made the koala costume first and didn't take in-process images.  Plus, I figure a toddler is a more attractive intro image than the dog on my butt.  

Here, I've cut the dog's mouth, and hand-sewn in felt cut into the shape of teeth. 

Step 3: Sew Onto Clothing

Here I've hand-sewn the dog onto an old pair of pants.  It is attached at the mouth and limbs.

Step 4: Apply Blood

Globbed on red fabric puff paint looks very much like blood. 

Step 5: Try to Get Away From the Attacking Animal!

Run around!  Try to get away!  Scream! 

While proudly displaying this costume at the Instructables Halloween party, an Instructables editor said his girlfriend had actually been attacked by a koala! 


una_amor made it!(author)2011-11-05

LOL. No seriously, I laughed out loud. Creative, adorable and disturbing all at once. :oP
I love the look on the childs face. Something tells me that child would bite back. Beyond adorable project and photo. Thank you for sharing this.

Very+Interesting made it!(author)2011-10-31

I thought this was soooooo Funny! Had to make one for myself and the dog. Meet Evil Bear and Demonic Unicorn....mwah-ha-haw!

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PaigeGrel made it!(author)2011-10-01

Drop bear!

karossii made it!(author)2011-10-01

should have bought some drop bear repellent...

ilpug made it!(author)2011-10-12

or a pointy hat.

zab+chev made it!(author)2011-10-04

I had a similar idea years ago. I wore my riding outfit (boots, jodpurs) and attached a stuffed fox to my neck. Added lots of fake blood. Used to get a lot of laughs!

dbailey12 made it!(author)2011-10-03

I think everyone has forgotten that Koalas that have been fed after midnite morph into Drop Bears. Food for thought.

sheinonen made it!(author)2011-10-02

Twisted, I like it. Perhaps shorter fangs or adifferent material would make the teeth look a little more teeth like... great idea.

irishwhistle made it!(author)2011-10-02

You found someone's old Build-a-bear at the thrift shop, sounds like. So much for making a best friend... I speculate this is the explanation because I foolishly took a child of 5 there and he took a fancy to the same soundbox, even though he wasn't remotely interested in baseball. I couldn't persuade him to select a nice growly sound instead, so he has an otherwise lovely black plush bear that plays an annoying song.

I may get back at him by turning another, less expensive (for us, anyway) plushie into his worst nightmare! He's having a hard time choosing a costume.

therightpeople made it!(author)2011-10-02

cool costume idea
musta been an old promo toy from the dodgers fan club
they used a koala back in the day

SCHLINKY made it!(author)2011-10-02

I don't know what is scarier: The "Koala" or the child's expression...

awhite22 made it!(author)2011-10-02

I think that the teeth could be done better. Perhaps stuff them and give the illusion that they're sunk into the fleshy area. Otherwise, this is adorable and a very clever idea!

timmycutts made it!(author)2011-09-30

With teeth like that, that's not a koala, that's a drop bear. They look like koalas, but they're slightly bigger and they fall from trees in order to eat people.

Kasm279 made it!(author)2011-10-02

When I saw this in the newsletter I immediately thought of drop bears.

HandyMan1959 made it!(author)2011-10-02

Too funny, and cute. Help I'm being attacked by a drop bear!

kevinhannan made it!(author)2011-10-02




action+pig made it!(author)2011-10-02

Yeah, seriously cute and clever.

burnerjack01 made it!(author)2011-10-02

While it is a great idea and looks terrific, to be honest, I bought my niece a Koala back pack for carrying her school stuff. It looked like she was giving it a piggyback ride as it's arms held on to he shoulders. It was a commercial product, so by default, YOURS is better.

mary+candy made it!(author)2011-10-02

something like gloomybear :)

MajikAly made it!(author)2011-10-02

That sir, is called a Drop Bear. They be dangerous things.

fonzuzu made it!(author)2011-10-02

I love the attackee !!

porcupinemamma made it!(author)2011-10-01

"Lions and Tigers and Bears. Oh my!" (Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz)

rimar2000 made it!(author)2011-10-01


caitlinsdad made it!(author)2011-09-30

That must be the Autodesk lawyer dog.

bajablue made it!(author)2011-09-30


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