How to Make Elf Costumes From Lord of the Rings

Updated April 17, 2017

"The Lord of the Rings" is not only a popular series of fantasy books, but it's also an incredibly popular series of fantasy movies. Because of its popularity, Lord of the Rings costumes are common at Halloween parties, conventions and other costumed events. Known for their beauty and grace, elves are some of the most prevalent characters among the Lord of the Rings costumes. It may seem daunting and expensive to make your own Lord of the Rings elf costume. However, with moderate sewing skills and some creativity, you can make your own inexpensive elf costume.

Cut out a piece of fabric that is 25 inches wide and 2 yards long. Fold the fabric in half, right sides facing each other, bringing the shorter edges together.

Sew up each of the long sides of the fabric, leaving a 6-inch opening at the top, next to the fold for the arm holes.

Cut a 6-inch opening directly in the middle of the fold for the collar. Cut the front of the robe all the way open, starting at the middle of the collar.

Hem the collar, the opening of the robe and the bottom of the robe. For the sleeves, cut out two pieces of fabric that are each 14 inches wide and 26 inches long.

Fold each sleeve piece in half, bringing the longer edges together. Sew up the longer edges and hem one of the shorter edges.

Attach the unhemmed edge of each sleeve to the arm holes. Secure the robe with a piece of rope that is 60 inches long. Pair the tunic with brown trousers and brown boots.

To make the ear tips, use felt that matches your skin colour and cut out two triangles, each about 2 inches wide at the base and 3 inches tall.

Cut down the sides of the felt triangle so that they curve into a point, rather than being completely straight.

Attach a triangle to the top of the back of each ear using spirit gum, which is a costume glue that can be purchased at speciality costume stores.

Braid the wig (or your own hair if it's longer than 18 inches). Put one small braid on each side of the head, just above the ears.

Bring each braid back and pin them to the back of your head using hair clips. Allow the rest of the hair to fall loose around your shoulders and down your back.


These instructions will make a medium-sized tunic that reaches to about 1 yard below the shoulders. To make a larger tunic, cut a wider fabric piece in Section 1, Step 1. To make a robe instead of a tunic, cut a longer fabric piece (about 5 yards as opposed to 2 yards).

Things You'll Need

  • Green or silver fabric
  • Fabric scissors
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Brown trousers
  • Brown boots
  • Gold rope
  • Long wig
  • Hair rubber bands
  • Hair clips
  • Skin coloured felt
  • Spirit gum
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About the Author

Courtney Clark studied English, creative writing, film and history at Southern Virginia University from 2005 through 2008, earning a Bachelor of Arts. During her time at SVU, Clark participated in the English Honors Society and the university's film club.