Gru is probably the easiest of all the Despicable Me characters to create so if you’re a last minute costume person this is definitely for you! Not only is it easy but it’s also highly recognizable and the kids love it!
Gru’s Main Garb
First, take a trip to your local thrift store to find a grey turtleneck, black jacket, black dress shoes, and a black pair of slacks.
If you’re handy with a sewing machine or know someone, then have those pants tapered down your leg so they give you the skinny Gru legs.
Take a piece of foam or cardboard and make a little “G” zipper pull to hang on the front of your jacket zipper.
Shine those shoes so their real sparkly because Gru is a clean freak!
Now for Gru’s Classic Black and Grey scarf, You could make your own like in this tutorial but that is time consuming and requires a sewing machine. I recommend just buying one! Here are some cheap and great looking options (yes, they are affiliate links):
TrendsBlue Soft Knit
Ted and Jack Cashmere Feel
Mashed Clothing Thick Knit Winter Scarf
Now the real self evaluation comes down to whether you use a Bald Cap & Nose or a Mask for your Gru. Here are the pros and cons.
Bald Cap & Nose
Has a “Gru in Real Life” look
Can still talk without sounding muffled
Look like Gru from all sides
Takes time and skill to make it look right
Getting a good nose that will fit your face can be difficult
Requires extra materials to make it look good
Super Easy – No prep time
(NEW NOTE: My husband tried out the mask, and it does look cool, but it is HOT!)
In the end, I can’t really say that one is better than the other. It really depends on what kind of a look you are going for and what hassles you are willing to deal with. It’s up to you.
If you go for the Gru Costume Mask option you can get one on Amazon for less than $20.
Despicable Me Gru Mask