How to make a unique DIY Pine Cone Halloween Costume

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When my 3-year-old and I were talking about what she wanted to be for Halloween this year, we scrolled through Amazon looking at all the costumes. She loved the Paw Patrol ones, thought the Batgirl costume was pretty cool but then told me, “No, no, no, I want to be a pine cone for Halloween”. And it stuck. I asked her about it the next day “I want to be a pine cone”. Finally, we made the trip to the craft store and she decided that even though she loves pink AND purple, a pine cone it is.

While I adore her creativity and uniqueness…..not even on page 147 of Amazon’s costume selection am I going to find a pine cone costume. I did find a pine cone mascot for 327 UK Pounds. No. Thanks. And one DIY project on Pinterest but it didn’t really fit our pine cone vision.

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Supply List for this Toddler Halloween Costume:

  1. Brown T-shirt
  2. Brown Tutu
  3. Brown Felt
  4. Craft Paint
  5. Sponge
  6. Glue – hot glue AND fabric glue

How to Make a Pine Cone Costume

I ordered a brown t-shirt and brown tutu from Amazon to use as the base and they were surprisingly affordable. Then I bought a few pieces of felt to experiment with to make sure that was the right fabric. Felt is easy to work with because it’s hardy and forgiving and cheap! I got a few sheets for a dollar and experimented with a few sketches on the shape of the pine cone pieces. There is a fine line between a pine cone and owl feather so I made sure that we stayed in our pine cone lane. Once I settled on the shape, I traced it on the felt and cut a few out.

Once I was happy with the size/shape, I bought a yard of brown felt and cut out as many pieces as I could. I laid them out on the shirt and tutu to get the pattern right. It felt like it was lacking depth.

Pine cone felt pieces
Cut out felt pieces
Pine Cone costume version 1
Laying out the pieces to see if I’m on the right track

I bought some light brown craft paint and sponge painted the edges of the felt. I flattened the tutu and started laying out the felt with straight pins.

Pine Cone tutu
Painted pieces pinned to the tutu

Then it was time to glue. I started from the bottom and ended up not doing the top row shown above. I didn’t want to lose the elasticity of the waistband because of the glued felt. The No-Sew fabric glue worked pretty well but I ended up having to use my glue gun on a couple of spots. I still felt that she needed something on her head. Thankfully I found this hat on Etsy and it was perfect.

The finished pine cone

I’m pretty happy with how this turned out. The true test will be if it can withstand the dance class, school parade, and actual trick or treating. The most important part though is that Big Nugget is so excited about her costume.

Update – it made it through all of the events that we had for Halloween! Super durable and such a unique costume – it’s 3 years later and one of our dance teachers still has a picture of Big Nugget in this costume on her phone.

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21 thoughts on “How to make a unique DIY Pine Cone Halloween Costume”

    • Thanks Trina! I used to do it a lot – pre-kids – when I had more time and no worries about choking hazards.

  1. You have missed your calling Alice, that’s fabulous. She looks like a hobbit in the woods. LOVE it.

  2. Hello, i Love this creative costume and i would like to try to make one like this for myself. How did you do this cap ? Do you have a craft instruction for it? I would be very thankful for your help.

    Best regards

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