You guys, I wasn’t going to do up a post on how to make this Gruffalo Book Parade costume.
Mainly because it’s ridiculously simple and I didn’t want to insult your intelligence.
Then I thought perhaps it could spare some people staying up late the night before a Book Parade.
(Not that I’m speaking from experience or anything. Ahem.)
Also, I felt that the Interwebz was seriously lacking in Gruffalo Costume ideas.
(Just joking. There are approximately 17 kazillion DIY Gruffalo projects out there.)
So what makes our Gruffalo costume different from all the rest?
Well, it’s seriously simple. And involves no sewing.
You’ll need a paper plate, felt, scissors and glue.
Oh and some pipecleaners.
To make the mask
Cut your paper plate in half horizontally.
Save the unused half to make some Gruffalo tusks, ears and teeth.
I folded the halved plate in half vertically and cut a curve up towards the nose.
Trace around a circular object for the eyes. Cut the eyes out of the plate.
Glue brown felt over the front of your mask with craft glue. Trim the excess away and create holes for the eyes. On the reverse side of the mask, lay orange circles over eyes, glue down and trim.
Create some ears out of the leftover paper plate.
Cover with brown and pink felt.
I glued the ears to the back of the mask.
Similarly, glue down the Gruffalo horns to the back of the plate.
Use black felt to add in hair and eyebrows.
Create a nose and a wart to go on the end of his nose.
Create some terrible teeth in his terrible jaw and glue into place.
I then slid my hole punch between the felt and the plate and punched a hole on either side of the mask. I attached two pipecleaners to the mask through these two holes. This held the mask in place easily- no tying, no sliding.
Mr 2 wore his mask perched atop his head which worked a treat.
Trying to parade plus wear a mask can be quite a big ask for a small human.
To make the cape
Full credit to my husband who took over the task of fashioning the cape.
The cape was made from one full rectangular piece of felt, hence the no-sew promise.
My husband cut a rounded neck. He then cut two small slits on either side of cape to slide through some lengths of felt. This created the tie.
Cut some triangles out of purple felt.
Bring out the hot glue gun and stick them all in place. Your Gruffalo now has purple prickles all over his/her back.
Your little one is now ready to go for a walk in the deep, dark wood.
There are now a kazillion + 1 Gruffalo costume ideas on the Interwebz.