Wild Thornberrys Costume – Eliza, Debbie, Nigel, etc.


Wild Thornberrys Costume - Eliza, Debbie, etc.
Let’s venture into the wild and dress up as the adventurous Thornberry family! This is a great costume idea for families or other large groups. Pet chimp optional ;)

Dress up as Eliza Thornberry

Eliza Thornberry loves their family’s nomadic lifestyle! Especially since she gets to converse with more animals – a talent she was able to gain when she saved a shaman. She has a lot of distinct features including her braided pigtails, braces, and freckles. For the freckles, use a brown eyeliner. Additional prop idea: binoculars

eliza thornberry costume

Braided Wig
This is a little redder than Eliza’s hair, but the length and bounce makes up for it, and the reviews have been positive. Ideally, replace the current blue hair ties with with the red hair elastics below. You can reuse this wig for a Wendy’s, Pippi Longstocking, or Raggedy Ann costume

Red Elastic Band
Tie on both ends of the braid

Fake Teeth with Braces
This is a pretty interesting costume piece! This is basically a set of fake teeth with braces plastered onto them to make you look even more like Eliza

Eyeglasses with Thin Round Frame
This looks exactly like Eliza’s eyewear!

Yellow V-Neck Tee
Instead of a t-shirt dress, you can wear a V-neck tee, then match it with a simple pair of brown shorts. Be sure to buy one size bigger than you usually would so the red turtleneck underneath would fit.

Yellow Sleeved Dress
This is a yellow sleeved dress with a flowy skirt – a perfect summer outfit.

Red turtleneck crop top
Here’s a great idea. Instead of wearing a long-sleeved full turtleneck top, just get a cropped sleeveless one like this. After all, all you need is that turtleneck detail!

Red Elbow Patch
Want to mimic the red pocket details on Eliza’s dress? Consider these elbow patches.

Turquoise Socks
For that added detail, consider wearing a pair of bright blue socks like Eliza’s

Brown Lace Oxford Shoes
My guess is that Eliza wears a comfy pair of brown oxford shoes like this pair. This one is pretty inexpensive for shoes and the shoes look cute too!

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Dress up as Darwin Thornberry

For Eliza, a chimpanzee is a girl’s best friend! She finds Darwin to be a bit of a scaredy cat (err… scaredy chimp) as he is rarely on board with her escapades.

darwin chimp thornberry costume

Chimpanzee Mask
Darwin was adopted by Eliza and he is actually a chimpanzee! Not just any primate, he’s an intellectual one with a British accent to boot. It will be a riot if you dressed up as Darwin and brought along a friend to dress up as Eliza.

Blue Striped Tank
He wears a blue striped tank which he actually stole from Eliza’s sister, Debbie!

Blue Bermuda Shorts
He wears a pair of blue shorts, making him one of the most fashionable primates in the jungle

Primate Feet
For an added primate effect (and hilarity), you can even dress your feet up!

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Dress up as Debbie Thornberry

Unlike Eliza, Debbie wants to experience an average teenage life and is not as “wild” about the whole nomadic lifestyle. Her outfit is actually really cute, and I would wear it. For additional props, you can bring a teen magazine or headphones and act all nonchalant.

debbie thornberry costume

Wig – Blonde Curly Hair
Like Debbie, cover one of your eyes with the hair

Green Plaid Shirt
Plaid is a timeless pattern that is currently getting a lot of added hype. Debbie’s look is a creative way to use a plaid shirt!

Orange Crop Top
Here’s a cute orange crop top

Distressed Boyfriend Jeans
A pair of cropped boyfriend jeans modernizes Debbie’s baggy pants.

Boot Cut Distressed Jeans
This pair of wide leg pants mimics the same baggy style Debbie had, though this pair does not have the distressed effect

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Dress up as Sir Nigel Archibald Thornberry

Ahh Nigel. Where do I begin? His incredibly big nose? His accent and trademark words like “Smashing!” and “Poppit”? He is certainly one memorable cartoon character and he has inspired quite a lot of memes too, such as this question… “On a scale of Voldemort to Nigel, how big is your nose?” Hahaha!

nigel thornberry costume

Huge Nose
Sir Nigel has a ridiculously large nose. It should actually be even bigger than this nose I’m featuring but this will have to do. Plus the shape of the nose fits Nigel’s well!

Orange Mustache
Actually, Nigel’s mustache is a lot stranger than this one. It looks like 2 brooms sticking out from each end!

He also has crazy huge teeth!

Safari Vest
You can get this sleeveless Safari Vest and put it over a shirt with the same color

Safari Shirt
Or you can get a more subtle version – something you could wear even when you’re not in the outback

Safari Shorts
A safari top needs safari bottoms of course!

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Dress up as Marianne Hunter Thornberry

Marianne is the one behind the video camera and is quite a resilient woman. She is also pretty hip – her outfit shows her midriff!

marianne thornberry outfit

Red Bandana
Marianne keeps her hair neat by wearing a red bandana

Short Blonde Wavy Hair
She has short wavy hair. You can actually skip this since you will be wearing the red bandana anyway. If you have very long hair, simply tie into a bun.

The frames of her glasses are an oval shape. This is more rectangular than the one she has but it is a good enough match

Yellow Down Vest
She seems to be wearing a yellow down vest (or a life vest). This one looks really cute, and you can wear it during cool seasons. You can also opt to buy a life vest instead though between a life vest and a down vest, the latter would be more useful (unless you live in the great outdoors like the Thornberrys)

Rider Jeans
Any pair of jeans will have to do. I chose these rider jeans because in the cartoon, there seems to be an exaggerated curve on the upper part of the jeans, that resemble breeches. Wear a simple brown belt as well

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