DIY: How to Make a Last Minute Salvador Dali Lobster Telephone Costume in Just 30 Minutes!

by , 10/31/11

DIY, Lobster Telephone, Salvador Dali, Halloween


If you are a terrible artist, don’t worry- there are a few tricks to make your lobster look good. The length of the lobster needs to be about six inches wider than your shoulders. Fold the red felt over (you’ll need to double the lobster on the back) and trace a general shape of the lobster.  Cut it out (both layers) and now you’re ready to make it look like a lobster.


Using the marker, trace the edges of the lobster and add details. You can also glue sequins around the edge to jazz it up. Draw in an eye and shell details. Now the part that makes it look even better – the legs and feelers. Cut out four curved legs and two pieces for feelers, then line the edges with the marker. Glue them into place. This slight 3-D effect will make the lobster complete. Repeat on the other side.


Leaving a hole for your head, glue the lobster front and back together at your shoulders. After putting on the dress, slip the lobster over your head like a capelet. Curtsey to make the dress full, and voila! You’re a surrealist masterpiece for Halloween!

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  1. daliexpert November 7, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    I have a pencil signed limited edition version of Dali’s Lobster Telephone. You can see it at:

  2. ejcampfield November 2, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Hi Lori — please e-mail to me at: EJ(symbol for “at”)

    Much thanks! Will send you a copy of the holiday ish.

    –E. J. Campfield

  3. Lori Zimmer November 1, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Hi EJ- Thanks so much! I love Dali. What email address can I mail it to?

  4. ejcampfield October 31, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    Lori, your Lobster T-phone costume creation is a surreal delight! I edit the SALVADOR DALI COLLECTORS NEWSLETTER for the Salvador Dali Gallery, Inc. in San Juan Capistrano, CA ( We are the world’s only gallery dealing exclusively in authentic Salvador Dali fine art, and our latest newsletter publishes (electronically) this week, distributed by e-mail PDF subscription to 5,000+ Dali aficianados worldwide. I’d very much appreciate your permission to include a photo and sidebar story on your costume in our holiday season issue. Got a higher rez JPG you can send me? Pretty please??? (I think you’ve got the “pretty” part mastered superbly too :)

    –E. J. Campfield
    Gallery Operations Manager
    Publications Producer (I.C.)
    San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

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