How to make an Abe Lincoln beard for a kid's costume

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How to make an Abe Lincoln beard for a kid's costume
Remember, Lincoln's beard did not have a moustache. (president Lincoln image by Leticia Wilson from

When it is dress up time for a fancy dress party, the school performance or just imaginative play at home, costumes and accessories can help spark your child's imagination and get him into character. If your child wants a President Abraham Lincoln costume, one key parts is the black beard he wore.

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Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • Black felt or imitation fur fabric
  • Scissors
  • 2 ribbons, 2.5 cm (1 inch) wide and 20 to 30 cm (8 to 12 inches) long
  • Needle
  • Black thread

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  1. 1

    Measure across your child's face from the start of one ear lobe to the start of the other. Cut a rectangle of fabric the measured width, approximately 12.5 cm (5 inches) tall.

  2. 2

    Lay the fabric on your work space in front of you horizontally. Cut a vertical slit, 2.5 cm (1 inch) from the left side, approximately 5 cm (2 inches) long from the top edge of the felt down. Cut an identical vertical slit on the right side. These 2.5 cm (1 inch) strips will be Lincoln's sideburns.

  3. 3

    Cut the section of fabric between the two sideburns by cutting straight across the fabric. You'll have a long, rectangular notch across the top of the felt, and 2.5 cm (1 inch) wide strips on each side.

  4. 4

    Turn the fabric wrong-side up. Lay the cut end of a piece of ribbon on one protruding strip. Fold the end of the strip over to cover the ribbon. Stitch it to secure the ribbon.

  5. 5

    Put a second piece of ribbon on the protruding strip on the opposite side. Fold the edge of the strip over the ribbon and stitch it into place.

  6. 6

    Hold the beard up by the ribbons. Try it on the child by tying the ribbons behind his head. The strips with the ribbons should come up just beside the ears, like sideburns, while the rest of the beard will wrap around the face below the lip.

  7. 7

    Trim the length of the beard, if necessary.

Tips and warnings

  • If you prefer not to sew, secure the ribbon with dabs of hot glue.

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