Last year my nephew celebrated his 1st Halloween. My sister-in-law did such a great job on his costume I asked if I could share it this year. She came up with an easy and adorable garden gnome costume for a baby or toddler.
What makes this costume so great is it’s using a lot of things you probably already have or can easily get from the dollar store or Amazon. The hardest part is getting the little one to sit still for a fun picture!
Step 1: Heat up the glue gun!
Step 2: Cut out 3 circles with the craft foam for the buttons. If you need help making the shape look at your dishes. Glasses sometimes have a narrow bottom and it’s easy to trace.
Step 3: Add small dots for the button holes with sharpie
Step 4: Take 3 pipe cleaners and twist them together to make the beard. This is also how the hat will stay on their head, so make sure you measure it against your toddler or baby.
Step 5: Cut the felt so you can roll it up to a hat (this does not need to be perfect, you just need to make sure you have a big enough cone shape to fit on the babies head.
Step 6: Hot glue time! Start by gluing your buttons onto the clips of the suspenders (remember it’s just hot glue so you can take them off after and have fun suspenders for the holidays)
Step 7: Glue the hat together. Roll it into the cone and glue the seam.
Step 8: Glue on the pipe cleaners. Remember to measure it on the child’s head first!
Step 9: Spread out some cotton balls and glue/fill in on the pipe cleaners. Give him a good beard and don’t forget the eyebrows. I think it totally makes the costume!
Step 10: Add a plaid or flannel shirt (also easy to layer if it’s chilly)
Step 11: Throw on some bright colored pants (These green ones are too fun)
Step 12: Put them in the garden and get your camera ready!
I love a costume like this that can be made in under 30 minutes and I can use the clothes again. A first or second or even third Halloween isn’t about trick or treating, but getting to be a part of something silly and fun. Oh and let’s not forget the adorable photos you take to show them when they get older.
Special thanks for my SIL for the idea and letting me share! If you’re looking for other DIY costume ideas make sure you check out some of my others: