Easy costume: Cruella De Ville

Easy costume: Cruella De Ville

Good news! 101 Dalmations was originally a novel by Dodie Smith (1956) so Cruella is good to go for a Book Week costume idea.  This fun dress up game would also be great for Halloween.

What you need:

  • 1 x black dress
  • some long strands of beads
  • any white leopard print fabric you can lay your hands on (we found a coat in K-mart for $12!)
  • 1 x black feather boa (from a discount shop)
  • 1 x white feather boa
  • 1 x plain beanie
  • hot glue gun
  • red lipstick
  • a small handbag

Number of players:


Cruella is all about the accessories and the most important 'accessory' is her half white, half black hair.

You can do this in one of two ways:

1. Use spray on hair paints to colour your child's hair

2. Fashion a 'wig' by gluing black and white feather boas to a beanie 

Now add a black dress and some sort of white dalmatian print 'fur coat.'

You could try Spotlight for a piece of fabric which you could then just drape around Cruella's shoulders or you may have a suitable scarf in your own wardrobe. Failing that, scour Vinnies or K-mart for something cheap and suitable.

Now add jewels, (we got some cheap red beads from the discount shop) and a handbag (Mum's wardrobe)

Evil. Pure evil. Lock up your dogs everybody, Cruella is on the rampage.

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