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How to make a Rambo costume

Updated July 20, 2017

Rambo is a well-known character portrayed in books, films, comic books, video games and even an animated television series. Due to Rambo's tough-guy attitude and action heroics, males of all ages may want to dress up as Rambo on Halloween. As a Vietnam War veteran on the run from the law, Rambo is usually seen covered in dirt and sweat while wearing camouflage trousers and carrying a gun in his hand. You can mimic this look at home with a few key items.

Begin the costume with a pair of camouflage trousers. If you cannot find camouflage trousers, you may also use a pair of dark green khaki trousers.

Choose a tight black tank top for the upper half of the costume.

Purchase a black mullet style wig with fringe from a local or online costume store. Alternatively, you can also use spray-on black hair dye. Use your fingers to mess up your hair and give it that shaggy look.

Cut or rip off a long thin strip of black cloth. The cloth can be purchased from a fabric store, or you can use an old black T-shirt. Tie the strip of cloth around your head and under your fringe. Make sure the knot is tied above the right ear for authenticity.

Wear a pair of black combat boots on your feet. Other types of black boots or shoes may be substituted in.

Sling a bullet belt over your right shoulder so that it is draped diagonally across your torso.

Smudge black face paint under each eye with your fingertips.

Smudge brown face or body paint over your arms. This gives your arms the appearance of being covered in dirt.

Hold a toy machine gun in your hand.

Things You'll Need

  • Camouflage trousers or dark green khaki trousers
  • Black tank top
  • Black mullet style wig or black spray-on hair dye
  • Long strip of black cloth
  • Black combat boots
  • Bullet belt
  • Black face paint
  • Brown face or body paint
  • Toy machine gun
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About the Author

Summer O'Carrey has been involved in freelance writing since 2010. As a writer for eHow and Answerbag, she is experienced in theatre, graphic design and online gaming. With a Bachelor of Arts degree in the dramatic arts from California State University in Fullerton, O'Carrey has written about theatre, literature, film and television.