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Making a Tree Hugger Costume

Ecoween: Turning Paper Back to Timber

One of the oldest green terms of endearment is "tree hugger." Out here in the Bay Area, we have our fair share of them and they love their trees so much that they're willing to live in them for months in an effort to save the natural wonders.

Use some gifts from Mother Nature along with some recyclable items to craft a costume that pays homage to trees. It's the least we can do to pay them back for all of the beauty they provide.

To see how to create the tree,

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List of things you need:

  • Cardboard box(es)
  • String or yarn
  • Hot glue gun
  • Green and brown paints
  • Used green bags that grocers carry for herbs
  • Green or brown paper (White will work as shown above but green would be much better)
  • Leaves
  • Brown or green pants
  • A small doll (not shown above)

Steps to make the tree:

  • Cut out two pieces of cardboard the size shoulder to knee length.
  • Paint one side of each piece brown or copper color and allow it to dry.
  • Hot glue the leaves onto the brown painted cardboard to create a bark effect.
  • Punch or cut two holes at each shoulder of each cardboard piece.
  • Fill the herb bags with green construction paper and tie them off to make balloon type bag.
  • Hot glue the green filled herb bags to the shoulder areas of each board.
  • Tie strings to one of the boards. Then attach them to the other side so the two boards hang evenly over your tot's shoulders.
  • For extra effect, you can dress your lil one up in brown pants and a green top.

My model wouldn't allow me to put the finishing touch on without screaming bloody murder, but if you really want to make a statement with the costume, add a doll to your child's shoulder so it looks like you have a tree sitter demonstrating on the tree's behalf.

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