Photo: Child wearing a cheetah costume.

Follow the simple steps below to make your own cheetah costume.

Photograph by Rebecca Hale


  • Yellow hooded sweat suit
  • Yellow felt
  • Black fabric paint
  • Circle-shaped sponge
  • Black face paint
  • Cardboard rectangle


  1. Turn the sweat suit fuzzy side out.
  2. Dip the sponge into fabric paint, then dot the front with spots.
  3. Allow the paint to dry.
  4. Turn the outfit over and add spots to the back.
  5. Cut ears out of felt.
  6. Pin them to the hood of the sweatshirt.
  7. Ask a parent to help you cut cardboard into the shape of a television screen.
  8. Paint the cardboard black.
  9. Paint on a black nose and facial markings and get ready for your close-up! You've just been spotted on Nat Geo WILD.