How to Make a Freddy Krueger Sweater

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Freddy Krueger is the man of nightmares and every Halloween there's someone who wants to dress up like Freddy. One of the key pieces of clothing for a Freddy Krueger costume is the infamous red and green singed sweater. For an authentic-looking Freddy costume, you need more than just the sweater. You need to singe it and fringe it for the scariest effect.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Sweater
  • Lighter
  • Green paint
  • Dirt

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    Start out by searching for a red and olive green striped sweater. If you can't find this great combination, purchase a red sweater. You can find cheap sweaters at resale or thrift shops, with the added bonus that they might already be a little bit dirty.

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    Paint olive green stripes on a solid sweater and let it dry. The sweater should start and end with a red stripe, with only a small amount of red showing near the neckline.

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    Take a lighter and singe the edges of the sleeves, neckline and hem. You should also burn up certain areas along the edges, until they're blackened.

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    Pull out loose strings along the edges of the sleeves and bottom hem. Give the sweater a frayed look in certain areas.

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    Make the sweater look old by covering it with dirt and grime. You can use black mud, some car oil or paint for this look.

Tips and warnings

  • If you can't find olive green paint, you can get a black and red striped sweater and probably get away with wearing that for the costume.

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