DIY Medieval Costume

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DIY Medieval Costume
Design your own medieval costume. (Knight on Horse image by Humza Tarar from

During the Middle Ages, kings and nobles ruled over commoners who toiled on the land to grow enough food for themselves and their landlords. The most respected and dangerous of the medieval elite, knights came from the upper class. They patrolled the land or served the king as the highest warrior of the time. Create a medieval knight suit at home to wear during Halloween or a party.

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Things you need

  • 10-foot by 3-foot white canvas cloth
  • Fabric paint and/or dye
  • Gray sweatshirt
  • Black leather gloves
  • Black belt
  • Balaclava
  • Gray or silver fabric spray paint
  • Gray canvas trousers
  • Leather riding boots

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    Cut the 10-foot by 3-foot cotton cloth to fit over you like a poncho. Cut out a round hole in the middle large enough for you to fit your head through. Cut the cloth so that both ends will stop about a foot below your waist. The cloth should be no wider than your shoulders. This will be your knight's tunic.

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    Paint a medieval design on the front of your tunic using fabric paint. You may also want to dye the tunic another colour to match your chosen design. Leave the fabric until the paint and/or dye has fully dried.

  3. 3

    Put on a grey sweatshirt and grey canvas trousers or sweatpants. This will be your medieval knight's chain mail armour.

  4. 4

    Put on your tunic and fasten a black belt over the tunic around your waist to keep it in place.

  5. 5

    Put on a pair of black or brown rubber or leather boots. Pull the trousers down over the boots.

  6. 6

    Put on a pair of black leather gloves and pull your shirt sleeves down over the gloves.

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    Put a grey balaclava, or ski mask, over your head and stretch the eye hole down so that your face from your eyebrows to the top of your chin are showing through. If you can only find a black balaclava, then you can paint the outside of the balaclava grey or silver using spray on fabric paint. Let the paint dry before wearing the balaclava. This will be the chain mail armour head gear.

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