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Halloween DIY costumes

All Hallow’s Eve recap, and here they are- the players from our house… just a couple of gnomes and a pineapple. These gnome are fairly easy costumes to put together, with quite a few everyday- closet elements involved. Just a few details like: hats, beards, braids and belts and you’ve got it! And Halloween DIY costumes are always the best and most clever at any party or trick-or-treat circuit.

Pineapple costume– constructed with a yard or two of foam, because you can quite literally make any person-place-or-thing-costume with a couple of yards of foam- and I love that. Degree of difficulty: Advanced. But don’t let that stop you, working with foam, a knife and a glue gun is very rewarding and endlessly creative in what you can dream up. (award winning folks, see: fish taco costume)

Sleepy gnomes, but still having fun taking pictures… as you can see.

Girl gnome costume– quite simple really- a felt pointy hat, apron with rick rack and a mushroom sewn on, lace-up-the-front vest (could be made from felt for a super-simple version), and a elastic-waisted bright colored skirt. I tried to paint rosy cheeks and a few freckles on this gnomes face but she would have none of it.
Real life costume add-ons: striped tights, white shirt, Converse sneakers, long braided hair.

Boy gnome costume– super simple costume-in-an-hour, and I’m not kidding. All you need to make for this costume to be a success is a hat, beard and belt.
Real life costume add-ons: Brightly colored long shirt, pants or tights (yippie!) and a gnomish pair of shoes from your own closet.

Make the beard from white felt. Cut one solid piece in the shape of a beard (with extra on each side to be velcroed in place under the hat) then cut accent beard shapes also from white felt and top-stitch them into place.

Sew down the beard accent pieces, I used light tan thread so the detail would be more visible. Velcro is sewn to the inside of the hat and onto the upper two sides of the beard. The hat is a single piece of felt (cone shaped) with a single seam closing it up. The belt is also felt- in black and gold. The buckle is cut out from gold felt and top-stitched into place. This belt is 3 inches wide, overlaps to close in the back. I attached it to the person with a giant safety pin on the inside, in the back (leaving it to be fastened with a safety pin is good for adjustability too).

Punk rock neighbor kids, willingly posing for the camera, my kids could take a page from their book…

And then the boy gnome turned himself into a luchador and trick or treated throughout the night and lived happily ever after!

making a mohawk

making a mohawk
Well, we did it… kind of, making a mohawk. We didn’t shave the sides of his head, but we did go to town with the egg whites and blow dryer to create this hairdo for the last day of school. He wore it proudly, to the last day of fourth grade, even when most of his friends forgot. His classmates measured it at 6 inches tall. That mohawk lasted the rest of the day, as we drove to Mesquite on our way to California- even rebounded perfectly after being under a hood at dinner at Dairy Queen for 30 minutes or so. It even lasted through a gymnastic session on the hotel beds at 10 pm, right before he finally washed it out.
making a mohawk, pink mohawk
The very next morning… we found this guy in the Smiths grocery store in Mesquite. It is a tale that starts like this… you know you have become an obnoxious middle age woman when… you march right up to a punk rock stranger and insist that you follow her to her car because her son had a mohawk yesterday and her kids sitting in the car are going to love his hairdo. Then she pulls out the camera and starts taking pictures (not asking permission until after the pictures had been taken). What have I become? I was so overwhelmed with the good fortune of finding another mohawk out there in the world (if only we had meet up with him one day sooner) I couldn’t help myself.
I’m pretty sure by his reaction that this sort of thing happens to him a lot. And, in the end I didn’t embarrass my kids too bad, they said they were pretty happy to have gotten a good look at this fella. I say, just you wait until you’re teenagers.. you ain’t seen nothin’ yet…