Cactus Costume

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What's more appropriate than dressing your pet hedgehog up as a cactus for Halloween? Answer: Nothing!
So here's an Instructable on how to do it. This was super easy and only took me about 45 minutes.




**And please, supervised play time only**

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Step 1: What You Need:

-2 pieces of felt, different shades of green. One roughly 5x3 when folded in half and the other can be smaller.
-1 small piece of felt
-About a handful of stuffing
-Hot glue gun
-Seam ripper (or scissors will work)
-Sewing machine or needle and thread (minimal sewing-you could probably even use the glue gun for this)

Step 2: Cut Out Your Cactus

Fold the larger piece of fleece in half and cut into an arch shape.
Sew all the way around, leaving the bottom open.

Cut a long, thin strip of fleece to use as the tie. This one is about 7 inches long.

Cut the smaller piece into lots of little triangles.

Step 3: Add the Pricklies!


Making sure the arch is still inside out, use the seam ripper to rip tiny holes throughout it.

Take one of your triangles and push it about halfway through one of the holes and secure it with the glue.

Continue this until one side is done, then do the other side :)

Oh, and careful not to burn yourself! I already did that enough for all of you.

Step 4: Stuff and Other Stuff


Once the glue is all dried turn the arch right-side-out.
Grab your handful of stuffing and put it in.
Using your seam ripper again, poke one hole on each side of the cactus, beside the side seams.
Take your long strip of fleece from earlier and push one end through each side and secure on the inside with the glue gun.

Step 5: Finishing Touches and Fitting It


Cut the piece of felt out in a circle either the same size as the base of your cactus, or just slightly bigger.
Put glue all the way around the bottom of the cactus and stick to the piece of felt.

Since Persimmon isn't quite as chubby as I thought he was, the string that goes around him was a little big.
And easy fix for this-rather than cutting it and messing the whole thing up, I just tied a knot about where I thought it would fit better, and that's it!

Step 6: Show It Off!


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    29 Discussions

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    mrwonton

    2 years ago

    my friend had a hedgehog.... then it passed.

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    WUVIE

    2 years ago

    Too cute! I sure do miss our little hedgehog. Thank you for sharing, and spurring wonderful memories. :-)

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    thelobster

    3 years ago

    Can I come to your hedgehog Halloween party?

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    mametchi

    4 years ago on Introduction

    huh. so cute! just curious, can this costume fit on guinea pigs? I have 2

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    emiro

    4 years ago

    I have a hedgehog! Most costumes irritate hedgies but mine was so happy in his! Nice instructable!

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    kawaiilover

    5 years ago

    I have 9 hedgehogs, these would be perfect costumes!

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    beme2013

    6 years ago

    OMG cutest thing ever! Now I wish I had a pet hedgehog.

    This is pretty cute. We have an albino hedgehog named Tails. My fiancée is Planning to make this for her. That, or angel wings since she's albino and it would fit. We'd still use your underbelly strap idea! Kudos!

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    kbukovac

    7 years ago on Introduction

    haha, cute and easy... you could also use this technique on some cheap green sweatpants and a hoodie to make a human cactus costume!

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    Technolio

    7 years ago on Introduction

    One question: Does he mind wearing it? otherwise, Awesome hedgie and really cool costume, keep up the good work :)

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    TristaGeeTechnolio

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Once it was on he mostly ignored it. The piece of fleece used as the "tie" was really stretchy and soft so I don't think it was all that uncomfortable, and it was loose enough to where it wouldn't hurt him.

    I'm unsure if this link will work or not (if not, I can upload it to YouTube), but here is a short video of him roaming around a bit.

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=1577206246792&set=vb.1734710816&type=2&theater

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    merijnvwTristaGee

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    whaHAHA this is the most awesome instructable ever!! I don't have a hedgehog but I do have a cactus, I think I will make a follow up how to dress your cactus as a hedgehog!