I love a costume like this Garden Gnome Costume that can be made in under 30 minutes. A first, 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.
Garden Gnome Costume
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!
Garden Gnome Costume Supplies Needed:
- Felt (Red was our color choice, and you need a big piece)
- Pipecleaners (white)
- Cotton Balls
- Craft Foam
- Glue Gun
How to make a Garden Gnome Costume
- Heat up the glue gun!
- 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.
- Add small dots for the button holes with sharpie
- 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.
- 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.
- 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)
- Glue the hat together. Roll it into the cone and glue the seam.
- Glue on the pipe cleaners. Remember to measure it on the child’s head first!
- 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!
- Add a plaid or flannel shirt (also easy to layer if it’s chilly)
- Throw on some bright colored pants (These green ones are too fun)
- Put them in the garden and get your camera ready!
DIY Garden Gnome Costume
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:
Originally published Sept 14, 2016