Making Bible costumes for children is an easy process, as the original garments were very simple and functional. The most important thing to remember when choosing a fabric or using material found around the house is to keep the tones earthy and neutral, such as cream or brown. Making a child's Bible costume at home is more cost-effective than renting, and the costume can be recycled to wear in plays or during Halloween parties.
Wrap a twin sheet around your child to form the gown or robe. You can also purchase earth-toned fabric from a local craft shop if you don't want to cut into the sheet. Cut a circle around the centre of the sheet that it is large enough to fit the child's head. Optionally, you can a dinner plate on top of the sheet, then draw a line around it with a pencil prior to cutting to make a cleaner cut.
Measure the length of your child onto the sheet and trim at the bottom so the feet show. Using the plate method, cut two holes on the sides of the sheet for the arms to go through. For extra coverage, the child can wear a plain white T-shirt underneath. This forms the base of the costume.
Tie a rope around the waist, fastening it with a loose knot. Let the excess rope dangle on the side.
Purchase some child-sized, plain leather sandals.
Create a head covering. This is primarily for the girls, as many women in the bible wore these to illustrate submission. Position the yard of fabric over the child's head and snip off any excess material. Make sure it is waist-length. The fabric's edge should drape across, outlining the child's face without covering it. The cover should hang loosely, but you may want to pin it to the child's head to prevent it from falling off.
Switch up Bible characters by adding accessories to the costume. For example, add a walking stick to portray a shepherd or a toy sword to represent a guard or the character, Samson.
Tips and warnings
- Switch up Bible characters by adding accessories to the costume. For example, add a walking stick to portray a shepherd or a toy sword to represent a guard or the character, Samson.
Things you need
- Twin flat sheet in an earth tone
- Leather-strapped sandals
- Two yards of tan-coloured fabric
- Tape measure