How to make a beard out of cotton balls

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How to make a beard out of cotton balls
Cotton balls are great materials to use for fake beards. (Cotton Balls image by Towards Ithaca from

Crafting a beard out of materials found around your own home may seem like a challenge. However, the tools for this project may be much easier to find than you would initially think. Cotton balls are an excellent material to use for home-crafted beards. Additionally, cotton balls are easily found in any local drug or grocery store. A handcrafted cotton ball beard is an easy and fun activity to do with children and can be used as a simple accessory to a homemade costume.

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Things you need

  • Cotton balls
  • Craft glue
  • Scissors
  • White construction paper
  • Yarn
  • Hole punch

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  1. 1

    Cut a large, beard-sized triangle from a sheet of white construction paper.

  2. 2

    Cut a moustache-sized rectangle from a sheet of white construction paper.

  3. 3

    Glue each end of the rectangle to the base of the triangle, leaving an opening for your mouth to appear through the two shapes.

  4. 4

    Punch a hole through both edges of the moustache using a hole punch.

  5. 5

    Place the beard and moustache on your face and measure out two pieces of yarn large enough to tie together behind your head. Cut the two pieces of yarn.

  6. 6

    Tie each piece of yarn into a knot in each hole.

  7. 7

    Place the cotton balls over the construction paper and glue each ball individually onto the construction paper.

Tips and warnings

  • You can tease out the cotton balls slightly once the glue is dried to give the beard a more natural appearance.

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