DIY No-Sew Disney Frozen Kristoff Costume

Calling all FROZEN fans…This DIY Kristoff costume is SO easy (and relatively inexpensive) to make!! It’s perfect for Halloween or just everyday dress-up play!
DIY No-Sew Disney's Frozen Kristoff CostumeHave little boys who love Disney’s FROZEN? I do – in fact, I have 3 of them! And, one thing that is sorely lacking is FROZEN costumes for the boys! I’ve seen tons Elsa & Anna dresses (both to buy and DIY) and ample other princess gear. But, little boys want to dress up as their favorite characters too! I’d already made the boys Olaf shirts for their Frozen-themed birthday party. But, I’ve seen hardly any DIY Kristoff outfits out there so far, so I set out to make a Kristoff costume for Little Brother! And, I’m SO excited about the way it turned out. Most importantly, Little Brother absolutely loves it!! As I type this, he’s in costume watching the movie! 😉 DIY Kristoff Costume via momendeavors.comSooooo cute! It took a bit of time to do, but really, there wasn’t anything hard about it at all!  The whole thing is no-sew and the best part is that the tunic is just a t-shirt!!! It doesn’t get easier (or cheaper than that)! Here in Arizona a super warm, fleecy top would just NOT be doable at Halloween or even for inside dress-up play. So, I set out to make something a bit cooler and fairly inexpensive. And, for just a t-shirt and some embellishments, I think it turned out great! Easy DIY Kristoff TunicI spent less than $40 for enough supplies to make TWO costumes. So, you can definitely do this for around $20 (even less if you already have some of the supplies at home and/or make good use of those 40% off craft store coupons). Here’s the rough tutorial…

DIY Kristoff Costume Supplies:

  • fitted black or charcoal gray t-shirt
  • 1 sheet of black or charcoal gray stiffened felt
  • 1 black or charcoal gray beanie/skull cap
  • 1 large black pom pom (2″)
  • 1/8 to 1/4 yard of fur (depending on how large the child is)
  • 1/16 to 1/8 yard of maroon/dark fuschia fabric
  • maroon/dark fuschia ribbon (I used 5/8″)
  • purple ribbon (I used (3/8″)
  • 1 to 1.5 yards of embellished ribbon
  • velcro
  • Heat ‘n Bond Ultrahold
  • Iron
  • hot glue
  • scissors (fabric scissors are ideal)
  • gray crayon (optional)

easy t-shirt costume tutorialThe first thing you’ll want to do is measure the shirt on your child and decide where you need to cut the bottom, the sleeves, and the neckline. Use a crayon (or fabric pencil) to make cut marks! The beauty of using a t-shirt (in addition to being inexpensive and no-sew) is that the jersey knit material doesn’t fray! For our 4 year old & 7 year old, I started with an adult small fitted tee (found at Hobby Lobby). The fitted tee already had a natural tunic-type shape to it, making it less baggy on the little guys! Once the basic shape of the t-shirt is ready, then add the collar. Making a Frozen Kristoff CostumeCut about a 2″ wide strip from the lightly stiffened felt. Measure on your child approximately where the collar should start and mark the spot with crayon on the inside of the shirt.  Using scissors, gently slope and round the front edges of the collar. Originally, I had started hand stitching the collar on. But, I quickly realized how much faster Heat ‘n Bond would be. To do that, flip the shirt inside out. Apply the Heat ‘n Bond to the bottom edge of the felt strip. Then, remove the Heat ‘n Bond paper backing and iron on the collar to the inside of the shirt collar. Making Kristoff's TunicTo do the details, I found it helpful to have an image of Kristoff there to look at (whether on the computer or printed). So, I used that to help me decide on everything. I couldn’t find any ribbon that was exactly right, but using two colors around the collar helped to make things look more authentically Kristoff. For adding the ribbon, I just used the Heat ‘n Bond again. The only thing remotely difficult about it was just cutting the Heat ‘n Bond to fit the small width of the ribbon. But, once that was done and the Heat ‘n Bond was applied to the ribbon, ironing it on to the shirt was SO easy. Do that with both colors and iron on the shirt (doing this also helps cover up the ribbed t-shirt collar). Once the ribbon detailing on the collar was done, I decided it was time to mess with the fur! No-sew Kristoff Costume Some sort of gray fur would be ideal. But, my options were rather limited. I decided on this one because I could alter the amount of “shaggy” I wanted and I liked that there was some different colors in it (sort of a brown, gray, and white color combination). No matter what fur you go with though, I highly recommend doing this part outside. Talk about messy – lots of shedding! Cut about 1 inch strips for the collar, the sleeves, and bottom of the shirt. Shape & trim the fur as needed. Flip the shirt inside out again and use hot glue to attach the back side of the fur to the inside of the collar, sleeves, and bottom of the tunic. If you find the fur isn’t staying, you could always tack down with a little hand stitching. DIY Kristoff TunicBecause I couldn’t find dark gray t-shirts, I decided to distress the black shirt a bit. This is totally not necessary, but just helps it looks a bit more like Kirstoff’s. To do this, I just used a gray crayon and colored right on the shirt. It didn’t take much time, but REALLY added to the look. I did the same thing to the hat too. Then, for the hat, I did do a hand stitch to attach the pompom to the top of the hat (ok…so technically that IS sewing. 😉 But…you don’t need a machine to do that. Just a few little stitches!DIY No-Sew FROZEN Kristoff CostumeLastly of course, you need the sash. Unfortunately, I got rather carried away and forgot to take pictures while I was making this part. But, it’s not hard at all. First off, I cut about a 5″ wide strip of my maroon-ish fabric. Then, I used Heat ‘n Bond to fold the rough, cut edges in on themselves on the back side. Then, I used the iron to really flatten everything out. For the front of the sash, I added Heat ‘n Bond to the back of the embellished/pattern ribbon and ironed that on. To save money/materials, I opted to not have that ribbon go all the way around the back (it just shows on the front & sides. You could use Heat ‘n Bond to attach the sash to the tunic. But, I decided instead to put velcro on the ends of the pieces that wrap around so it can be a bit adjustable (and removable). For the ties that hang down, I pieced together (using Heat ‘n Bond of course) the patterned ribbon and the maroon ribbon I used around the collar. Then, I hot glued the two piece to the underneath side of the sash. And, with that last detail…we’re done! Whew! Kristoff OutfitThen you’ll just need to decide on clothes for under the tunic. Kristoff’s outfit is really different shades of blue. But, we had a black long-sleeved shirt and gray sweatpants! So, that’s what we did. I think any shades of steel blue, gray, or black would look fine! I bought materials to make Kristoff’s gloves, but just didn’t have it in me right now. Little Brother had no problem raiding our winter wear draw (and chose two different gloves/mittens 😉 ). But, now he’s asking me to make him Kristoff boots – uh oh!! Ha! Even without the boots though, I think he still looks great!

DIY Disney Kristoff CostumeSven & Olaf wanted to join in the fun too! 😉 We had so much fun with this. And, now…instead of another Kristoff outfit, Big Brother has requested a Sven costume! Good grief! We’ll see about that! I’ll keep you posted if that ever gets made. In the meantime, you can check out the whole list of 20+ DIY Frozen Costumes! 20+ DIY Disney Frozen Costumes & Accessories
What character(s) from FROZEN would YOUR kid(s) love to dress-up as?

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    • Sara @MomEndeavors says

      Hi Mary,
      I appreciate the thought. But, unfortunately no. I’m just not able to make these to sell. But, I PROMISE that it’s doable! This is really just a matter of cutting, gluing, and ironing! 😉

        • Dianna says

          Hope you had success, Mary! I know I did 🙂 My eleven yr old liked my version so much he says he wants to keep it and be Kristoff again next year! I didn’t use the heat-n-bond tape though. Fabric glue and safety pins for me!!! Wish I knew how to post his pic for all of you to see 😉

  1. Ruth C says

    This is AWESOME! We are doing a family Frozen themed Halloween costumes this year, so I need to do adult and young Kristoff costumes. Can you tell me where you found the fur? I’m having a hard time finding it in Florida.

    • Sara @MomEndeavors says

      Hi Ruth,
      I found it at JoAnn’s. Any fabric store should carry some fur. I’m in Phoenix, so it’s equally hot here! 😉

    • Stephanie says

      LOL I am having a hard time finding it too! This came out so fantastic! I will be using this to create our Kristoff costume. Thank you so much for sharing this, it is the most helpful DIY and would never guess it was totally no-sew.

  2. Naomi says

    Where did you find that ribbon (for the sash)?? I’m not having any luck finding anything remotely similar! :-/

      • Brenda says

        You must have different ribbons there. I looked @ Joann’s, Hobby Lobby & Michaels and like Naomi couldn’t find any ribbon that looked anything near to the one you have. 🙁

  3. Jackie says

    Thanks for the tutorial! I’m using it to make my husband’s costume! Our 6 year old decided we all need to be Frozen characters for Halloween!

    • Sara @MomEndeavors says

      Yay, Tami! Thanks so much for taking the time to let me know! I’m so excited for you that it worked out and the tutorial was helpful! 🙂

  4. Wendy says

    Thank you so much for taking the time to post this tutorial on your website. You had me at “No Sew!” I finished my sons costume just in time for our church truck or treat event. He spent part of the evening on the bouncy and the costume held up great.

    • Sara @MomEndeavors says

      Aww! Thanks so much for commenting, Wendy! I’m SO pleased to hear that! Glad everything worked well! 🙂

  5. Melissa says

    I used your tutorial to make my son’s costume this year. I’m so thankful that you shared your craftiness and skills online! The costume turned out so cute and was adorable on my 18 month old. The shirt I used had a little pocket so I made a carrot with felt pieces and hot glued it inside the pocket. Obviously, I had too much fun making this outfit! Thank again!

    • Sara @MomEndeavors says

      Thanks so much for sharing, Melissa! The carrot idea in the pocket sounds SO cute!!! Feel free to email me the photo momendeavors(at)gmail(dot)com or post on our Facebook page ( if you want to share! I’d love to see (& share) everyone’s costumes! 🙂

  6. Lisa says

    I made this costume just as you demonstrated and my three-year-old loved it! He was a hit among 9 Elsas, 4 Annas, and 1 Olaf! And you’re right it wasn’t that hard. Wish it would let me post a pic here. Thanks so much!

  7. Rachael says

    Hey there…..I have been meaning to post. I made this costume for my 1 year old this past Halloween and I got SO MAY compliments on it. THANK YOU so much for the inspiration and also for making it sound easy enough that I would actually try to make it. Our friends, their girls, my partner, son and I all did a frozen theme for Halloween this year. I even made a “sled” out of cardboard and attached it to our wagon. I’m going to do your Elsa Frozen trifle for my nieces birthday. Again so many thanks and if i can figure it out I will attach a photo:)

    • Sara @MomEndeavors says

      That’s awesome, Rachael! Thanks for commenting!!! So glad the costume worked out! You can share it on our facebook page! 🙂

  8. Megan says

    Wow, this turned out fantastic!! I’m going to attempt to make this for my husband for Disney World. Our family is dressing up in a Frozen theme for the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party when we visit in three weeks. I am having no luck finding the design ribbon on the sash. Where did you get the one you used? Thanks so much!!

  9. Garrick says

    Thanks for this guide. I just got done making my son’s costume. Two tips for others:

    1- Flip the fur over and use a utility knife to cut it. That way you only cut the backing and not the fur. It is much less messy.

    2- An easy prop is Kristoff’s rope . Just get some jute rope 3/8″ thick and 4-5 yard long. It looks perfect.

  10. Laraine Pankevitch says

    How can I make this warmer? It usually cold on Halloween here… My kids and I wore winter coats over costumes this year and we’ve had snow some years.

    • Sara @MomEndeavors says

      You could put a sweatshirt and long underwear under the tunic. You could also make the tunic out of a thicker fabric (like fleece).


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