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Video:How to Make a Toddler's Gnome Costume

with Zoya Popova

A toddler's gnome is super easy and super cute for Halloween. Use common clothing items and by making your own hat and beard, your toddler will have gnome costume fit for a fairy tale.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make a Toddler's Gnome Costume

Hi, I'm Zoya Popova for About.com, and today I'm going to show you how to make a toddler's gnome costume.

To Make a Toddler's Gnome Costume, You'll Need:

  • solid-colored pants
  • an oversized shirt,
  • sweater,
  • tunic brass buttons (optional)
  • a belt
  • about 1/2 yard of red felt
  • a fabric marker or a piece of soap
  • tape measure
  • scissors
  • fabric glue
  • a small piece of white cotton
  • a ribbon or an elastic band
  • a package of cotton balls

Find Common Clothing for the Toddler's Gnome Costume

The most distinctive features of a gnome are a beard and a pointy hat, so those are the parts you should put most of your effort into. When it comes to the outfit, however, you don't have to try too hard. You can get away with using many the common clothing items.

For you little gnome's top, find a basic solid-colored shirt. The only requirement, really, is thatit should be oversized, so that your little one can wear it as a tunic with a belt on top. Also keep in mind that because the shirt isn't really the centerpiece of this costume, you are allowed a lot of flexibility with it: if you can't find a solid-colored shirt, use a sweater, a plaid shirt, or a vest—anything that will look good with a belt strapped around it. If you do end up using a button-down shirt, it's a good idea to remove the buttons and replace them with heavy brass buttons for an antique, fairy-tale look.

As far as the pants go, you are certain to to find a suitable pair either in your child's wardrobe or at a thrift store. Go with a simple design, maybe a khaki pant or even a sweatpant —something basic with not too many pockets.

Make the Gnome Hat

Now, the most interesting and creative part of this costume are the beard and the hat. It is true that you can purchase the beard at a costume store, but you will probably be better off making one yourself. One option is to purchase a scrap of artificial fur at a local fabric store. Or you can make a beard out of cotton balls. Take a piece of soft white cotton. Cut a beard shape. Leave about 2 inches on the top to create casing for a ribbon or elastic band. Secure the casing with non-toxic fabric glue. Unfold the cotton balls to get long strands of cotton. Tear them into 3 to 4 inch long pieces. Starting at the bottom of the beard shape, apply glue to the fabric and layer the cotton strands. When you've reached the top, carefully wrap the cotton around the edge. Pinch and fluff out the beard. Trim the beard as necessary.

Use a Circle Pattern for the Gnome Hat

To make the hat, measure around the widest part of your child's head. On your red felt, draw a line 14 to 18 inches long. Using this line as a radius, draw a segment of a circle. Glue the edges of the shape together, and you'll get a hat. Attach some fabric strands to the bottom to create an appearance of white hair showing from under the hat.

Complete the costume with gnome accessories, such as a pipe, a shovel, or a lantern. Thank you for watching and for more kids costumes ideas, please visit us at About.com.
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