How to make a hermes costume

Updated November 21, 2016

Hermes is the Greek god who acts as the herald to the gods, carrying messages back and forth. Hermes wears a winged crown and winged shoes to help him perform his job. If you want to dress as Hermes for a costume party or Halloween, you can make your own costume to represent this god using muslin, spray paint, cardboard and florist's wire.

Measure your height and the width of your arms, fingertip to fingertip. Cut a piece of white muslin to match these measurements.

Place the fabric on your work surface with the arm measurement as the width and your height measurement as the height. Fold the top edge of the fabric down 18 inches. Fold the fabric in half lengthwise. Sew the length hems together with a sewing machine, using a 1/4 inch seam.

Slip the tube of muslin on your body. Gather the fabric over your left shoulder. Use a broach to secure it in place. Pass the pin of the broach through the front and back of the muslin. The broach can be any style. However, to make it look more authentic, choose a simple gold toned broach.

Tie a 48-inch piece of gold toned rope around your waist. Let the ends of the rope hang down. Pull the top of the chiton up so that it balloons slightly over the rope at your waist.

Wear a pair of simple, earthy sandals. Choose something in brown or black leather with no ornamentation.

Measure your head just above your ears to determine the circumference of your head, using a fabric measuring tape.

Cut a piece of florist wire to this length, plus an extra inch. Twist the ends of the wire to create a wire loop. This will be the crown for your costume.

Draw a pair of 6-inch long wings on a piece of cardboard. Use an image of Hermes to determine the shape for the wings. Cut the wings out.

Attach a 4-inch piece of florist wire to each of the wings by inserting the wire into the edge of the bottom edge of the wing. Use hot glue to secure it in place if necessary. Spray paint the wire and the wings gold. Allow it to dry.

Twist the end of the wire sticking out of the cardboard wings around the wire loop to secure them on the sides, just above where your ears will be. Wrap the wire with a piece of gold-toned fabric tape until you have encircled the entire crown.


For an additional detail, make two more wings out of cardboard and attach them to the heels of your sandals. You can also create a staff with a caduceus on top. The caduceus is the medical symbol that looks like it has wings. If you want a shorter chiton, adjust the length of muslin.

Things You'll Need

  • White muslin
  • Sewing machine
  • Broach
  • Gold toned rope
  • Sandals
  • Fabric measuring tape
  • Florist wire
  • Cardboard
  • Hot glue
  • Spray paint
  • Fabric tape
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