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Opossum, the cat-sized marsupial, is known for its pointed face, gray fur and rodent-like tail. These cat-sized creatures are often seen roaming the roadsides at night, though they will slump over and freeze if they feel threatened. With a few crafts supplies and some gray clothing, you can make the body of an opossum costume. Use water-based paint to finish the costume and paint your face like an opossum’s unique, angular head.

Clothing and Accessories

Wear gray leggings or pants.

Wear a gray sweatshirt or a gray T-shirt and a gray faux fur vest.

Cut two 2-inch circles from gray felt. Glue or staple the circles to the left and right side of a black headband. The felt should resemble ears.

Wear a spiky, gray, short-hair wig. Place the headband on top of the wig.


Cut a 12-by-4-inch piece of light pink fabric. Fold the fabric half along the width.

Sew the fabric together with a 1/4-inch seam allowance to form a long tube. Sew one end of the tube closed with a 1/4-inch seam allowance.

Turn the tube inside-out, so that the seams are inside the tube. Stuff the tube with batting until it is firm.

Sew the open end of the tube closed with a 1/4-inch seam allowance.

Attach the pink tail to the waistband on the back of your leggings or pants with a safety pin.


Wash your face with a facial cleanser and dry with a towel.

Apply white, water-based face paint from your forehead to your top lip with a makeup sponge. The paint should form a round or rectangular shape, depending on the shape of your face. Do not paint the area around your eyes.

Paint the bridge and sides of your nose white. Leave the tip of your nose unpainted.

Paint the tip of your nose pink. Apply a line of gray paint to the bridge of your nose and between your eyebrows. Use a makeup sponge to blend the gray into the white paint.

Line your top and bottom eyelids with black eyeliner. Apply gray eyeshadow to your top lid, from your lash line to your eyebrow. Apply black eyeshadow to your top lid, from the lash line to the crease.

Use an eyeliner brush to apply black eyeshadow to your bottom lashes. The line should be about 1/4 inch thick. Use the liner brush to draw a large V-shape on the inner corner of your eyes, near the bridge of your nose. Fill in the V-shape with black eyeshadow.

Apply gray paint along your hairline. Create a V-shape peak at the center of your hairline. Blend the paint toward your hairline with a makeup sponge.


Wet the makeup sponge before blending for a more even application.

Remove the face paint with warm water, mild soap and makeup remover.


Apply a small amount of face paint to the back of your hand 24 hours before face application to check for allergies or irritation.

About the Author

Sara Volmering

Sara Volmering started writing in 2007. She has contributed film reviews and human-interest stories to the "Western Herald," her university newspaper. Volmering holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Western Michigan University.