DIY Mushroom Costume
A mushroom costume – that’s what my oldest was absolutely positive she wanted to make for Halloween this year! She had surfed through Pinterest a lot to find inspiration. Problem was – all of the costumes she saw weren’t quite right. They weren’t quite the right color, or the right shape, or poofy enough, or they were too “Alice in Wonderland” for her.
So we set out to create a mushroom costume that was just what she had in mind. She made her own tutu and I did the hat (with her help). And I think it turned out super cute!
Just in case you want to try your hand at making your own mushroom costume – here’s how we did it.
What You’ll Need
- Cheap witch hat
- Bubble wrap (the kind you would use to wrap breakables when shipping)
- Polyester batting
- Satin material – 1 yard (the cheap stuff designed for costumes)
- Felt squares – 3 (from the craft store)
- Felt or some other material to make the spots (just scraps of this are fine)
- Hot glue gun
I use glue guns A LOT in my costume making because the glue dries quickly and it’s usually sturdy enough to hold up to kids playing.
Step 1 – Prep Your Witch Hat
Take your generic cheap witch hat and simply fold the top down so that if you put the hat on your head – it sits comfortably.
Step 2 – Stuff Your Witch hat
Now we’re getting to the fun part – we need to take this weirdly shaped hat and make it rounded like a mushroom cap. We’ll start with some bubble wrap to get the shape going. I eyeballed it and then simply hot glued it down.
Then once the basic shape is there – we use some polyester batting to create an even rounder shape.
Now flip it over!
Step 3 – Add Material to Shape the Cap
Now we start to secure the satin material down around the brim. Best way to do this is to create little folds while you’re gluing it down. We’ll be covering up the underside of the hat in just a minute so neatness doesn’t really count here.
Step 4 – Create the Underside (Gills)
At first we weren’t going to do anything to the underside of the mushroom cap, but once we added all the satin material – it didn’t look quite done. So we decided to create gills using strips of felt. Once you’ve cut the strips, simply glue them down.
Step 5 – Add the Spots
To make the cap more mushroom-like – we opted to add spots. Moira picked out sparkly material that matched her color scheme. Simply cut out circles of various sizes and hot glue them onto the cap of the mushroom.
That’s it! Your homemade mushroom costume is done! We added matching leggings and top and a tutu for that extra special something.