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girl wearing a "leaf girl" costume, standing in a field

No-Sew Leaf Girl Halloween Costume

By Brenda Ponnay

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.

girl standing alone in a field wearing a Leaf Girl costume

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

Visual tutorial for making a Leaf Girl 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!

A young girl sitting at a table coloring with black sharpie on green felt

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!

a girl sitting in a tree wearing a Leaf Girl costume

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!

More T-Shirt Costumes We Think You’ll Love:

  1. DIY “Frozen” Movie Inspired Costumes
  2. Easy Superhero Tank Tops for Halloween
  3. Wonder Women DIY T-Shirt Costume


About the Author

Brenda Ponnay

Brenda Ponnay is an author and illustrator who loves to craft and make big messes when she’s not working on her books. Whether it’s painting, baking, drawing, making castles out of card...

Brenda Ponnay is an author and illustrator who loves to craft and make big messes when she’s not working on her books. 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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Excellent!! I’m going to show this to my daughter for my granddaughter.


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