Published on February 25th, 2013 | by Jules Yap


Cuddle elephant to costume

Materials: Ikea elephant Kapplar

Description: My 4-year-old asked for an elephant costume for carnival. Since I prefer to make her costumes myself, but did not have the time to shape an entire animal out of fabric, I was looking for a shortcut.

Cleaning up my daughters toys, I discovered Ikea’s cuddle elephant Kapplar could contain a toddler, with some clever adjustments.

I made sleeves and leg warmers out of his legs and used his head to make an elephant mask. A very durable costume, not for toddlers only: with a little effort, it even fits me!

See more of the elephant costume.

~ Riet, Belgium

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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

17 Responses to Cuddle elephant to costume

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  2. Anonymous says:

    Oh my god, you cut an elephant into pieces!! I hope the teddy bear wasn’t looking.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Very creative and your daughter is adorable -very sweet!

  4. Maggie says:

    Should be nominated for Hack of the Year 2013 :)

  5. Laurel says:

    This is truly delightful. What a great idea.

  6. Anonymous says:

    very very cute and creative! i’m in agreement that this should definilely be a contender for hack of the year. i’m on this website a lot and have never seen anyone do anything like this!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Wow. Impressive. Hack of the year so far.

  8. Anonymous says:

    best and most creative hack for 2013 has my vote!!!

  9. bizzybee says:

    Zo tof!!!! Echt een geweldig idee en mooi uitgevoerd!

  10. louize says:

    this is wonderful – very cool, and very cute elephant :)

  11. Lisa says:

    That is so clever!

  12. Anonymous says:

    I loved it so much I was going to do it too. But they’ve discontinued this product! :( You did a wonderful job on this and your daughter is adorable in it!

  13. Anonymous says:

    Absolutely adorable, great hack!

  14. Anonymous says:

    I love it! Very cute!

  15. Wanda says:

    Great idea! Who says all hacks have to involve home decor? :)

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