How to Create Scrat (Ice Age 3) Costume
Ice Age when it was first released was a huge success do in large part to the comedy it provides. Scrat is instrumental in the comedy as he tries to bury his last acorn. Scrat is returning to the large screen in Ice Age Dawn of the Dinosaurs. If you have a child or just love the movies you might consider making your own Scrat costume. This costume will be great for costume parties or Halloween. It will take a bit of time to make so getting started now is reasonable even if it is for Halloween. Scrat is a sabre toothed squirrel, thus your costume will start with a Squirrel pattern. See below for the rest of the materials you will need.
* Squirrel pattern
* Sewing Machine
* Brown plush fabric
* Fake racoon tail
* Dark brown fabric
* Ball cap
* Bailing wire or dowels
* Hot glue
* Large fake eyes
Step 1: Visit a craft store either online or in person. You need to find a few items that are not always the norm in costume making. The fabric can be found at a shop like Joann Fabrics or even Michaels. At the craft store you need to look for a white sharp, pointed object that can be Scrat’s teeth. Another option is visiting a museum that sells fake teeth.
Step 2: To begin you will need to create the body of the squirrel following the pattern. Bunting can help you get the right form, as you will need a little padding in the tummy and rear section. The jump suit should include covering for the feet and arms.
Step 3: To the body of Scrat you will sew on the fake raccoon tail. Or you can make your own tail with faux fur. It is up to you and your budget.
Step 4: The hard part will be the head of Scrat. We have elected to make a hat style hood rather than a hood that will cover your whole face. Take the ball cap, and strip the bill down to the width of the nose. You will use the ball cap to help reinforce the long mouth and nose. From the ball cap use the dowels to form the thinning nose. Cover the entire hat in the brown fabric. (To attach the dowels use a hot glue gun). At the end of the mouth attach brown fabric for the nose. This should be the darker brown.
Step 5: Once the nose is in place you can attach the teeth you have found for the costume.
Step 6: The last step is creating ears and the eyes of Scrat. The eyes need to be very large and round, then the ears can sit behind that.
By creating the costume in this way you can still see, but you also have a Scrat like face. Do not forget a Manny the Mammoth costume!!