Garden Gnome aka: Malcolm (21 months) location: Raleigh, NC age group: toddler difficulty level: super easy
materials: Heavy cardstock. Felt (red, gold, black). Glue. Scissors. White faux fur. Safety pins. White makeup (for his brows). description: This costume was pretty easy to put together. I really just eyeballed each part, and it turned out great. I used heavy paper to form the shape of a cone that would fit my sons head. I then cut and glued it together, and covered it with red felt. I outlined the shape of a beard on the backside of a piece of white faux fur (available at craft stores), and cut it out, trimming long hairs where necessary. I bought an oversized blue shirt and pinned the beard to the neckline on each side, since I knew my son would never let me attach it to his face. The belt is black felt with a gold felt "buckle" glued on. I cut the black felt to fit his waist, and pinned it in the back. Then I finished the outfit with white makeup on his brows, simple brown pants, and brown shoes (stuff we already had at home). I think the Travelocity Gnome would be proud! :) Thanks Lauren!
Sloane the Roaming Gnome aka: Sloane (4 months) location: New York, NY age group: infant difficulty level: super easy
materials: 1 turquoise dress (Imps & Elfs, purchased on sale @ HauteLook), 18" of 1.5" black satin ribbon, cut to baby's waist, 2" x 2" piece of cardboard for belt buckle, white bib, 1 pair black tights, square of red felt, old party hat, hot glue gun and double-sided tape description: I took apart the party hat, used it as a pattern and cut the red felt to size, then with a hot glue gun, covered the party hat in felt and glued the hat back together. The beard was made of a basic white bib, cut randomly to look like the whiskers of a beard. The belt was made of black ribbon, cut to the baby's waist size. The buckle was made out of a 2x2 piece of cardboard which I cut two slits into and thread the ribbon through. Once together, the end piece of ribbon was secured with a piece of double-sided tape. I dressed the baby in tights and dress, slipped on the belt, hat, and bib - and voila! My own roaming gnome. Thanks Erin!
Gnome aka: Hendrix (7 months) location: Cincinnati, OH age group: infant difficulty level: semi-easy
materials: Craft felt, white onesie, black pants, elastic description: I didn't have to sew at all for this costume. I just cut the vest and belt shapes out of felt and hot glued them to the front of a onesie. I cut a cone shape out of the red felt and glued the edges together. Then I added an elastic band and experimented with beard shapes on that until I had a beard I liked. I saw the shoes at Target and thought they would match perfectly! Thanks Jessica!
Gnome aka: Adeline (2) location: Arcata, GA age group: toddler difficulty level: super easy
materials: Felt, fake fur, sweatpants, long sleeved tshirt. description: The hat was purchased online (she still wears it). I couldn't find a blue long-sleeved tshirt so we had to get a white one and dye it blue. Belt was made out of felt. Cut out the fake fur into a general beard shape and safety-pinned it onto the hat. Bag was made out of felt and a premade bag. Thanks Lindsey!