I wanted to create a couple’s costume for my husband Philip and myself that was different and funny – here’s our Chia head and Chia Pet costume. Plus…who doesn’t love 80’s nostalgia.

I started off by making the Chia head. Then I spray painted a bald cap green with paint I already had. I bought a bald cap for $5 and two artificial vines from the craft store 2x $8 with my coupon. The green on the vines snapped on to the branch. I cut up the vine to half inch pieces and took out the greenery from the stems. I then inserted the branch part on the underneath side of the cap. Finally, I snapped the green clovers back into the branch.

The result was a bushy head of Chia hair. I have seen a couple Chia heads before but never “illusion style” like it is sitting on a table. We crated the Chia head box with print outs over cardboard. The table was also created with cardboard and we added the sheet that we already had. We mixed yellow red and brown face paint to complete the terra cotta look.

Total cost was $21.

Making the Chia Pet Costume

For the Chia Pet costume, I bought 9 artificial 10” artificial boxwood mats together ($5 x 9 =$45). I took the leaves out of the grids and strung together two rows of grids together for a total of 8. I then cut the last one up and used it as the straps. Once I had a form, I put an oversized T-shirt over it and poked holes in the shirt. I then replaced each clover element by snapping it back into the grid through the shirt.

The result was a clover covered shirt. I already had white shirt and leggings for underneath. Then I bought some orange dye ($2.50) and mixed it with some purple to create the muddy terra cotta color for underneath the foliage.  I topped it off with some ears for $5 and a nose for $5. The total cost of this Chia pet costume was $57.50.

Both costumes were surprisingly comfortable to wear.

We wore the costumes to a local SF radio show called Sarah and Vinnie for a costume party and live show. They were a giant hit and we were called up to the stage. What a fun day!

Cool Chia Head and Chia Pet Costume for a Couple

Chia Head and Chia Pet

Cool Chia Head and Chia Pet Costume for a Couple

Chia Pet alone

Cool Chia Head and Chia Pet Costume for a Couple

Chia Head Close Up

Cool Chia Head and Chia Pet Costume for a Couple

Tying together artificial plant grid

Cool Chia Head and Chia Pet Costume for a Couple

T-shirt over grid. About to poke the holes.