Top 10 Oz Characters and Costume Ideas – The Cowardly Lion

The Cowardly Lion
Who is the Cowardly Lion?
“What makes you a coward?” asked Dorothy, looking at the great beast in wonder, for he was as big as a small horse.

“It’s a mystery,” replied the Lion. “I suppose I was born that way. All the other animals in the forest naturally expect me to be brave, for the Lion is everywhere thought to be the King of Beasts. I learned that if I roared very loudly every living thing was frightened and got out of my way. Whenever I’ve met a man I’ve been awfully scared; but I just roared at him, and he has always run away as fast as he could go. If the elephants and the tigers and the bears had ever tried to fight me, I should have run myself–I’m such a coward; but just as soon as they hear me roar they all try to get away from me, and of course I let them go.”

You might be the Cowardly Lion if you tend to
…say, “I’ll think about it” rather than “No” even though you mean absolutely NOT?
…leave when the going gets tough instead of sticking around to help out?
…leave the hard decisions up to someone else?
…hide your feelings from everybody, even yourself?
…avoid any and all confrontation even when you know you should?
…take others criticism even when it is unfounded?

Becoming the Cowardly Lion

The Top Body & Head

Gather your hooded sweatshirt and faux fur. Turn the sweatshirt inside out. Cut a small oval out of a piece of light brown faux fur. Glue it to the center of a darker brown hooded sweatshirt to give the tummy a furry look.

The Bottom Body
When shopping for the hooded sweatshirt, pick up a pair of matching color sweatpants. Turn the sweatpants inside out.

The Mane
Take some dark brown and light brown felt material and cut them into 1 inch and 2 inch strips of varying lengths. Use basic fabric glue to adhesive each strip of felt around the top of the hood of the sweatshirt. Make sure to glue only the bottom of each strip down to the hood. The strips need to hang down to resemble a lion’s mane.

Cut longer, thinner strips of the dark brown felt and glue them around the bottom of the hood to make the mane appear fuller around the neck and face. Cut and glue a second row of felt strips behind to the first row for a fuller lion’s mane, if desired.

Don’t forget about the red bow on top of the mane or better yet, a crooked green “broken flower pot” crown.

The Tail
Make the tail out of the leftover faux fur or felt. Cut the material into one long strip. Safety pin the tail to the seat of the sweatpants. Make sure your tail is long enough…the Cowardly Lion tends to carry it around like a security blanket!

The Feet
Use brown socks  or furry slippers for the feet . You can cut the remaining brown felt into an oval and three small circles. Glue these to the bottom of the sock or slipper. It will look like the foot pads on the bottom of a lion’s foot.  For trick or treating, you can put the sock over your child’s shoe.

The Make-Up
The jowls are a major part of the Cowardly Lion face. The jowls give the “droopy cheek” look. Use a dark brown eyeliner pencil and draw a big U shape from the corner of the mouth down to about an ½ inch above the jawline and back up to the ear lobe. To make the jowls more prominent, take a make-up wedge and a highlight the inside of the U. Start from the bottom of the U and blend upwards and stop at an imaginary line drawn from the bottom of the right ear lobe over to the left.

Starting just under the nostrils, add black with a brush or small sponge up to just below the tip of the nose, then expand outward around the nostrils. This should create the illusion of an upside-down triangle. For whiskers, you can paint them on with an liquid eyeliner in quick upward strokes.

The eyebrows should start above the inside corner of the eye, about an inch above the nose. Then, they move up toward the hairline at a 45-degree angle.

“Yeah, it’s sad, believe me, missy,
When you’re born to be a sissy,
Without the vim and verve,
But I could show my prowess,
Be a lion, not a mow-ess,
If I only had the nerve.
I’m afraid there’s no denyin’
I’m just a dandy-lion —
A fate I don’t deserve.”
~ The Cowardly Lion

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