How to Make an Acorn Costume

Acorn costumes are made of one or two colors only.
Acorn costumes are made of one or two colors only. (Image: acorn image by Andrzej Włodarczyk from Fotolia.com)

From tiny acorns mighty oaks grow. If you want to dress up a child, or indeed an adult, to be a future mighty oak, you will need a beanie or baseball cap, some felt, a green or brown basis for the costume and some brown face paint. The costume requires some basic stitching but most of the materials can be found at home.

Things You'll Need

  • Woolen beanie or baseball cap
  • Needle
  • Brown thread
  • Brown felt
  • Scissors
  • Over-sized brown or green sweatshirt
  • Brown or green tights or leggings to match the color of the sweatshirt
  • Shoes to match the color of the leggings
  • Brown or green face paint

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Find an old woolen beanie cap, or cut the brim off an old baseball cap. The cap does not have to be brown but if it is, your crafting skills will not have to be very exact.

Cut the felt into rectangles of about 3-by-2-inches. Lay out three or four of the rectangles flat on a table in a cross shape. Use three for a smaller, child-size cap, or four for an adult cap. Scrunch up the top of each of the rectangles. Sew the top narrow ends tightly together in a cross shape to form the stem of the acorn.

Lay the cap out flat on the table. Place the stem on the top of the cap. Stitch the felt below the stem loosely onto the cap.

Pick up the ends of the felt and stitch the tops of more rectangles of felt onto the cap. Follow a roof-slate style, where the slates (in this case the rectangles) are overlapped by the top layer. Overlap each rectangle with the next rectangle. Repeat this step, ensuring the rectangles for the next layer are positioned so their edges are not aligned with the edges of the next layer up.

When you have sewn on enough felt to extend past the edge of the cap, turn the cap inside out. Sew the loose edges to the inside of the cap to create a nice round edge for your acorn head.

Put on the oversized sweatshirt. Use a brown or green sweatshirt depending on the color you want the acorn body to be. If the sweatshirt has an elasticated bottom, pull it up and let the material hang down to create a puff-ball shape. Alternatively, stitch adjacent areas of the hem together so you can gather the hem enough to pull it up.

Put on the leggings or tights. Match the shoes to the color of your legs.

Paint the face brown or green to match the color of the acorn body. Put on the acorn cap.

Stay away from people in squirrel costumes.

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