How to Make Your Own Tree Costume for Kids

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Things You'll Need

  • Brown pants
  • Black fabric marker
  • Green sweatshirt
  • Hot glue gun
  • Fabric leaves
  • Green stretch hat
  • Black or brown shoes
  • Green stretch gloves
  • Stuffed bird or animal
  • Safety pins
  • Green, water-based face paint

Store-bought children’s costumes can be costly, especially if your child grows out of the outfit before it can be used again. Homemade costumes can save you money and be a fun project for you and your child to complete together. Draw inspiration from nature to create a tree costume for your child. Make a simple tree costume for Halloween parties or school plays by decorating comfortable clothing with fabric leaves.

Lay a pair of brown pants on a flat surface. Use a black fabric marker to draw vertical lines on the trousers so that they resemble bark.

Lay a green sweatshirt on a flat surface. Use a hot glue gun to attach fabric leaves to the front and back of the sweatshirt. Layer the leaves so that the front and back are well covered.

Lay a green, stretch hat on a flat surface. Attach fabric leaves to the hat with hot glue

Dress your child in the pants, sweatshirt and hat, as well as a pair of black or brown shoes and green, stretch gloves.

Attach a stuffed bird or animal to the shoulder of the sweatshirt using safety pins.

Paint the child's face green with water-based face paint. Avoid the lips, eyes and nostrils when painting the face.


  • Use an orange or brown sweatshirt and red, yellow or orange fabric leaves to create a tree costume in fall colors.


  • Be careful when inserting the pin into the sweatshirt -- do not poke the child with the pin.

    Check for allergic reactions to the face paint 24 hours in advance of the event.

About the Author

Sara Volmering started writing in 2007. She has contributed film reviews and human-interest stories to the "Western Herald," her university newspaper. Volmering holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Western Michigan University.

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