Mushroom and Gnome Costume
Mushroom and Garden Gnome Costume Recipe:
- White peasant blouse
- Red Gnome Hat (See below)
- White baby beard (see below)
- Gray and white striped Solly Wrap
- Gray or white pleated skirt or culottes
- Taupe Clogs
- Cardboard mushroom hat (see below)
- Deep red felt
- Sewing machine or needle and thread
- Badding to stuff the hat
Gnome Hat Instructions:
- Measure the circumference of your baby’s head. Divide this number by 2 and add 1 inch. Write down this measurement
- Take two pieces of deep red felt and lay them on top of each other.
- Cut out an isosceles triangle with the base measurement being the one found above and the two other sides measuring about 13 inches.
- Sew the two triangles together along the tall sides with a ½-inch seam allowance
Gnome Beard materials:
- White faux fur
- 1/4″-inch Elastic
Gnome Beard Instructions:
- Using the template provided, cut out a beard from the fake fur.
- Measure a length of elastic appropriate for your baby, and sew the ends of the elastic onto the corners of the beard. This should fit snugly but comfortably around your baby’s bead.
Mushroom Hat Materials:
- Hot Glue gun
- Duct Tape
- Red and white spray paint
- Sepia Tint It Spray paint
- White acrylic paint
- Kraft wrapping paper
- Plastic bags
Mushroom Hat Instructions:
- Cut a circle of cardboard that measures 4 to 5 feet in diameter. Ours is quite large, but feel free to shrink the size down so you can easily fit through a doorway. Ha!
- Cut enough 4-inch wide strips of cardboard to get around the circumference of the circle. Secure along the edge of the circle with duct tape.
- Measure the circumference of your head and make a smaller circle inside the large circle with 4-inch strips of cardboard. Secure with duct tape.
- To create the rounded dome shape on the mushroom, take long, 2-inch strips of cardboard and roll them out to make them bendy. Create a dome-shaped grid for the mushroom cap by attaching the ends of the strip to opposite ends of the mushroom cap, creating a “rainbow” shape across the cap.
- Repeat with 3 to 4 other strips of intersecting cardboard.
- Now fill the mushroom dome with plastic bags to give the mushroom cap some shape.
- Cover the cap with strips of kraft wrapping paper and glue in place.
- Spray paint with red spray paint and then with Sepia Tint It.
- Paint white dots on the mushroom cap
- To create the gills on the underside of the mushroom, flip the hat upside down.
- Cut your newspaper into 4-inch thick strips.
- Line the underside of the mushroom with the newspaper strips by hot gluing them to the base of the mushroom and the sides and center. Make sure to secure them properly of they will fall out.
- Spray paint all the newspapers white. It’s fine if you can still see some type.
With a look like this, apply a silver highlight over the top of a whitewashed face paint while it’s still wet. That way the powder highlight melds right into the white color and it becomes skin-like. As skin-like as silver glitter can look, that is! You can also dip a disposable mascara wand in white and comb it through false lashes for an ethereal, woodland look.