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Tie Dye DIY Sharknado Costume for Girls and Guys #JPHalloween

When Katie and I were dreaming up Halloween costumes for this year, the previews for Sharknado 3″ Oh Hello No! were showing on TV. We just find that whole Sharknado thing to be roll on the floor hilarious so how could we NOT make a Sharknado costume. Plastic sharks, some tie dye, and some fluffy stuff, BAM! Costume. It ended up being that easy! Here's our tie dye DIY Sharknado costume for girls and guys:

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Sharknado Costume for Girls:

This costume is all about YOU being the actual Sharknado – which is a tornado with sharks in it because, well, that makes total sense, right? To make this costume girly, we added a white tutu. For guy, just wear the shirt with jeans.


Because I love a costume that is more than a costume, we decided to make a felt sash that the polyfill and sharks are attached to. The sash wraps around the tie dye shirt and can be removed for washing or to wear the shirt as a shirt after Halloween is over.


I decided to order really big sharks online from Amazon. It's a bonus that these one squeak like rubber ducks! The award  for “most annoying costume ever” goes to… I included a link to the sharks down at the bottom of this post so you can order them too. Everyone needs a dozen squeaky sharks in their life.


Sharknado Costume for GUYS:

To make this costume guy friendly, just pair it with jeans instead of a tutu. I know, it's kinda crazy easy. You could make two of these and goes as his and hers Sharknado costumes!


How to make a DIY Sharknado Costume:

This tutorial video shows how to make the Sharknado costume, including the tutu. It's pretty simple!

Sharknado Tie Dye Shirt:

  1. Wet a white t-shirt with water.
  2. Add water to each bottle of Tulip One-Step Tie Dye in the following colors: Blue, Turquoise, and Grey. Mix thoroughly.
  3. Flatten the T-shirt on a table.
  4. Roll the shirt into a tube diagonally, starting from the bottom right and rolling to the upper left of the shirt.
  5. Twist the tube into a cinnamon roll shape and secure with rubber bands (in the Tulip One-Step Tie Dye Kit).
  6. Dye each section of the “cinnamon roll” a different color.
  7. Wrap in plastic and allow to set for 6-8 hours.
  8. Rinse the excess dye from the shirt with cool water, removing the bands.
  9. Wash in the washing machine by itself. Dry.

Sharknado Shark Sash:

  1. Cut two 4″ x 48″ strips of white felt.
  2. Stitch the strips together at the end to form one long strip.
  3. Using Aleene's No-Sew glue, adhere polyfill tohe sahs. Use a weight to hold down the polyfill in the glue while drying.
  4. One the strip is covered with polyfill, hand sew sharks to the strip using embroidery floss.

Basic White Tutu:

  1. Fold 7 yards of tulle into a 1 yard stack. Pin together.
  2. Wrap a piece of elastic around your waist, stretch slightly as comfortable. Cut tolength, with a 2″ overhang.
  3. Stretching the elastic as you sew, stitch the tulle to the elastic with a sewing machine.
  4. Sew the ends of the elastic together to close off the tutu.


Put the shirt on and then wrap the shark sash around your body, securing it in place with safety pins. Guys, wear jeans with this and girls, wear the tutu! be sure to put sharks on the back of the sash too for the full Sharknado experience from every angle.


Here are all the supplies you'll need to create this DIY Sharknado costume for yourself:


  • Tulip One-Step Tie Dye in Grey, Blue, Turquoise
  • Aleene's No-Sew Glue
  • Polyfill batting, one bag
  • Kunin Group Eco-Fi Felt in White
  • White T-Shirt
  • 12 Plastic Sharks
  • Embroidery Floss in Grey
  • Needle
  • Sewing Machine (for the sash and tutu)
  • 7 Yards White Tulle
  • Sewing Thread in White
  • Safety Pins


  • Sewing Machine
  • Scissors
  • Washing Machine

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Jennifer Priest is a 20+ year designer in the arts & crafts industry and home DIYer with a passion for creativity. An Army veteran raised on a ranch, from her experience, she shares smart DIY projects that save money and fun craft ideas that anyone can make. Besides blogging, Jennifer is a Master Practitioner and Trainer of NLP, Hypnosis, and MER, and coaches other online entrepreneurs on money mindset, business, and living an intentional life. When not blogging, Jennifer is having adventures in the wilderness, on road trips, playing with her cats, and making paleo food.

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