Have you ever wished you had your very own Woodland Gnome? I know I have. So how about an easy peasy tutorial?
Last year Finn was only 2 months old when Halloween rolled around. He was still so tiny and I was still so wrapped up in the overwhelming newness of being a mom that spending a bunch of time making him a costume seemed kind of silly. I got him a cute themed jimjam and called it a day.
This year I vowed it would be different! I also figured I really need to take advantage of these first couple of Halloweens before he starts having opinions on his costume.
What makes a gnome costume? The beauty of it is that much of it can be found in your closet. You’ll need:
-Long sleeved shirt
-whatever gnome-ish accesories you can put together
-stiff red felt (12″x18″ sheets are perfect)
For the hat, I simply rolled a piece of stiff red felt into a cone, glued it, and then reinforced it and added detail by blanket stitching all around the edges.
His tunic is very simple. I just used a t-shirt for measuring to cut the shoulder widths and the neck hole and kept it snug on him with a belt.
The mushroom detail I cut out of some scrap felt and glued together and then again used blanket stitch to edge it. The brown ric-rac is just glued on.
He already had the black sweatpants, black long-sleeved shirt (I added the cute mushroom ribbon at the wrists with glue), and moccasins.
Add in a chopped down belt and the old case for a pair of binoculars and his transformation into woodland gnome was complete…
Oh, but heed this warning: When taking your woodland gnome out on Halloween be very very careful. Zombies consider theirs to be the finest of all the brains.