I originally came on to this site as inspiration for a Halloween costume. I have a graphic design background, so making my own costumes is a challenge but also my choice, I refuse to buy a costume. I found an illusion costume where a gnome is sitting on a mushroom, and I fell in love with the idea. The submissions on the site I felt were great, I just wanted to add my spin to it. I was thinking the bigger the better.
I had multiple JoAnn and Home Depot trips, but eventually put it together based on how I perceived it was put together. The base alone for the bottom of the mushroom is 4ft x 4ft. Needless to say, I couldn't wear it in the car. It consists of about 12yds of fabric, and easily about 200 newspapers.
The Garden Gnome On a Mushroom Costume consists of different parts. The stem is almost like a long skirt that goes on first. Newspaper usually isn't heavy, but 200 crumpled newspapers weigh a lot, so I had to use suspender type restraints to hold up the mushroom head.
Overall it took about 3 weeks on and off working on it. Roughly 30 hrs all together to finish the Garden Gnome On a Mushroom Costume. I attended the Huge West Hollywood Carnival that goes on every year. 400,000 people alone attended it this year, and I felt like a celebrity. I must have taken pictures with 300 people.
I had so many compliments from the idea to the execution of the costume that made all the hard work pay off. It was Great!
My boyfriend was a garden gnome - he wore black pants and boots, and had some slip on boot covers (that cannot be seen in the picture). The shirt was from Old Navy and he wore a sweatshirt and a puffy vest for extra padding. We made the belt out of a wide strap of elastic and used yellow felt for the buckle. We bought the beard (about $5) and sprayed his hair and eyebrows with white hair spray.
I was a yard flamingo. I had on huge silvery black shoes and the fishnets to make my legs look SUPER long. I made the tutu out of tulle, which was fun and very inexpensive. The corset was bought at Charlotte Russe (about $20). I found the feather boas at the dollar store and I made my mask out of feathers, fabric paint, and glitter.
I had 3 pink Ostrich feathers sticking out from the back of my tutu, this was the most complicated part of the costume. The feathers were $3 a piece and I first hot glued the 3 ends together to make a fan shape, and then I wrapped some pink thread around the glue and just stuck the end in the top of my tutu. I also had on a bunch of pink jewelry and some long pink and black feathered eyelashes.
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