How to Make a Simple Indian Costume for a Kid

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How to Make a Simple Indian Costume for a Kid
Native American Indian costumes boast plenty of fringing and bright patterns. (native American powwow image by Joy Fera from

According to, Native American Indian clothing is of great importance to American culture and history. The website claims weaving, beading and use of feathers all play an integral part in Native American attire, and that this intricate clothing was commonly worn during special religious and cultural ceremonies. A Native American Indian costume is a quick and easy fancy dress idea for your kids. Whether it's for a party or for Halloween, make the Native American Indian costume with your children for a fun craft project.

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Things you need

  • Brown dress
  • Brown shirt
  • Brown trousers
  • Multicoloured beads
  • Fabric paint
  • Pattern templates
  • Beads
  • Feathers
  • Sheets of coloured card
  • Tape
  • Moccasins
  • Brown satchel bag

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  1. 1

    Cut 2-inch fringing around the sleeves and hems of a brown dress if the costume is for a girl, or a brown shirt and trousers if the costume is for a boy.

  2. 2

    Thread multicoloured beads onto the fringing. Tie a knot at the end to secure the beads in place.

  3. 3

    Paint Native American Indian patterns onto your child's dress or shirt and trousers using fabric paint. Use print templates from the Internet if you want.

  4. 4

    Glue beads, feathers and other embellishments onto your kid's outfit to customise it furthermore.

    How to Make a Simple Indian Costume for a Kid
    Customise the Native American Indian costume with feathers. (feathers image by lidian neeleman from
  5. 5

    Complete your child's outfit with moccasins and a brown satchel bag.

  1. 1

    To make a headband, cut a strip of coloured card approximately 1 ½ inches wide and long enough to go around your child's head.

  2. 2

    Cut a number of triangles from a different coloured card and glue them on the long strip of card.

  3. 3

    Flip the card over and glue a selection of coloured feathers in the centre so that they are sticking up vertically.

  4. 4

    Wrap the headband around the child's head and secure in place with tape.

Tips and warnings

  • You can also sew American Indian patterns onto your child's outfit.
  • If your daughter has long hair, plait her hair into two pigtails for added effect.

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