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Picture of Cheap and Easy Gandalf Costume!

Hi Ya'll!

I don't know about you, but I LOVE Halloween! This year, my best friend discovered the Lord of the Rings and has been 'mildly' obsessed with it. She thought it would be fun to go as Arwen and Gandalf. Guess who gets to be Gandalf? Me. I was super excited for a fun costume challenge though!! :)

I researched several costumes, but the prices were absolutely OUTRAGEOUS! Plus, I really wanted to create my own. There aren't many tutorials out there, and they are mainly made out of paper, or go all out. My Gandalf costume is a mix of the two- not to simple but not overly complicated, either.

Unfortunately, I didn't take pictures until towards the end, but I am trying my best to make this easy to follow!

Total, I spent about $18 on the entire thing- the yarn for the beard being kinda expensive. Also, I spent maybe 2 hours creating the entire thing, but used hot glue a lot where I could've sewn. If you want a better quality costume, sew whenever I use glue.

Step 1: Materials

Most of the Materials I had laying around the house, but for the robes, I went to Goodwill for cheap secondhand clothing.

  • Hot Glue Gun and Sticks
  • Measuring tape
  • Stick pins
  • Marker
  • Sewing machine

For the Robe

  • Grey Vest or Sweatshirt
  • Size 3x grey dress pants. (The bigger, the better, for the sleeves)
  • Grey blanket or large sheet of material approx. 40x60'' (This is for the bottom of his robes, so make sure it is at least as long as you from waist down)
  • Binder Clip
  • Braided Belt
  • Grey Spray paint
  • A grey fleece blanket for his cloak

For the hat

  • posterboard
  • Another grey fleece blanket (I got them at Wal-Mart for $2.50 apiece!)

For the beard and hair

  • Grey Material (just scrap material from the hat)
  • Grey Yarn Bee yarn or other type of grey wool yarn
  • Felting needle and foam pad (more on this later) :D
snowf71 year ago

Hi Half-blood;

I am very impressed! You really came through on this challenge.You have done a more convincing job with bits and pieces than most experienced adults would be able to do with a pattern, sewing machine and store bought materials. I really like how you matched up the grey colours so well, making it look so seamless. The end result is amazing. You are very talented. How well did your friends Arwen costume turn out? I hope you enjoy having a great night out wearing your costume. It really looks great!

half-blood (author)  snowf71 year ago

Thank you so much! I'm so glad you like it- that really means a lot!

My friend is wearing an Arwen costume her sister made several years ago, so she did not make anything. It is a beautiful dress and looks very close to the real thing!! :) Thank you!