No-Sew Leaf Girl Halloween Costume



Wood nymph, nature fairy, leaf girl…whatever you want to call it. We’ve got the easiest Halloween costume for you if you’re looking something shredded and leafy. This idea would actually work well in other colors than green too. Fall fairy? Nature Princess? Scarecrow? Shredding an old t-shirt is quick and easy and looks great.

No-Sew Leaf Fairy Costume by Brenda Ponnay for

Supplies you’ll need to create this Leaf Girl costume

1. One old t-shirt. We found ours for a dollar at a thrift store.
2. felt
3. hot glue gun*
4. fabric scissors or very sharp scissors*

Optional: headband, chenille stems, permanent marker

No-Sew Leaf Fairy Costume

I think shredding t-shirts may be my new favorite hobby. We picked it up from the teenagers in our neighborhood who turn ordinary t-shirts into fashion statements on a regular basis. Cutting strips into a t-shirt is really easy to do. No sewing required!

You can slice and dice a t-shirt a zillion ways. For this look we just cut from the bottom up. The t-shirt was too big for my daughter so we cut off the sleeves so it didn’t dwarf her but you could leave them on and shred them too.

To make the leaves we cut the felt into roughly 2×3 inch rectangles and then rounded the edges until they were leaf shape. Then we used a permanent marker to draw on the veins.

Next, we glued the leaves onto the t-shirt strands at various lengths with hot glue. Just be careful not to glue yourself or the strands from the back of the shirt! Easy does it!

No-Sew Leaf Fairy Costume

My daughter made herself a customized headband by wrapping chenille stems around it and then I hot-glued some leaves to the chenille stems. She also made herself a bracelet. Chenille stems really are the best crafting toy. You can make so many things with them.

Then we added some face paint. She wore her green dance leotard underneath and we were good to go!


Difficulty Level: Easy
Appropriate Age levels: Teen to adult for the t-shirt. Five and up for making felt leaves and chenille stem accessories.

*ALWAYS have a responsible adult on hand for the hot-gluing or cutting, especially with sharp scissors.
*Never let a child use a hot glue gun. Hot glue can burn!

About the author

Brenda Ponnay
Brenda Ponnay is a stealthy secret agent who juggles parenthood to her adorable daughter by day and freelance graphic design/illustration by night. Whether it's painting, baking, drawing, making castles out of cardboard boxes or just doing the laundry with flair, Brenda Ponnay has learned that what really makes her happy is being creative every single day.

You can read about all her crazy adventures on her personal blog: Secret Agent Josephine.

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10 Responses to “No-Sew Leaf Girl Halloween Costume”

  1. Tracy Oct 19 at 7:39 am Reply Reply

    Excellent!! I’m going to show this to my daughter for my granddaughter.

  2. Jennifer Oct 16 at 10:56 pm Reply Reply

    So cute! So creative! I love how she got involved making it! Looks so easy! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Helen Oct 03 at 8:07 am Reply Reply

    This is one great DIY costumes that I would like to try.. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Yifat Mar 22 at 1:36 pm Reply Reply

    Thank you for this lovely costume idea, I made this costume, it was so easy and I enjoyed it. My daughter loved it. 👏👏👏👏👏


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