How to Make a Santa Costume

Jonathan Meath as Santa Claus

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If the Christmas season is approaching, someone will likely be dressing up as Santa Claus. A Santa Claus costume can be used for a big holiday party, for a photo shoot, or for just surprising some kids on Christmas or Christmas Eve. If you plan to dress up as Santa—or know someone who is—you have a few options. You can rent a costume. This can be expensive and also needs to be planned well in advance. Many costume rental stores will sell out of Santa costumes early in the holiday season. You can buy a Santa Claus costume. This can be an expensive choice, especially if the costume will only be worn once a year.

Another option is to make your own Santa Claus costume. When it comes to dressing up like Santa, making your costume far outweighs the potential cost of renting. First of all, you don't know what the person before you did in that rented Santa suit. Second, a Santa suit is simply comprised of a jacket, pants, and a hat. You can salvage a pair of black boots and a black belt from anywhere. Borrow some jingle bells from the tree, and you are good to go.

Assembling the Materials

The nice thing about a Santa Claus costume is that it's easily recognizable. Even if you don't have the ability or materials to make a full costume, use these ideas to make your version of a Santa Claus costume. Most are very easy to put together and use materials (like a hoodie sweatshirt) that you already have at home.

  • If you are not comfortable with your sewing skills, don't worry. This no-sew costume tutorial includes easy to find materials and no-sew tape, which helps you avoid any stitching. While this costume will look homemade, it is easy to assemble and make.
  • While it's not exactly a Santa uniform, a homemade Santa hoodie is a festive get-up for those informal holiday parties. This is an inexpensive option that could also work for a group of Santas or a Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus couple costume.
  • If you are very crafty, you can crochet a super cute Santa hat. With simple instructions, this project is a fun addition to any winter wardrobe and can be worn all holiday season. If you are extra crafty (and have a lot of spare time), make them for everyone in your family and take a super cute seasonal photo with everyone donning their Santa Claus hats.
  • Buy red pants and shirt, glue on white trim, add in a big black belt, black boots, the white beard, and classic hat. You will not be mistaken for anyone else.

If you are looking for a classic costume or want to surprise some kids, it's probably best to rent or buy a traditional Santa Claus costume. These ideas offer some fun options, but will likely not hide your identity very well and will give away the Santa Claus secret in a matter of minutes.