Do-It-Yourself: a Viking Halloween Costume

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Do-It-Yourself: a Viking Halloween Costume
Top your Viking costume with a horned helmet. (Steve Baccon/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

With some fake fur, heavy jewellery and a horned helmet, it is easy to turn yourself into a Viking for Halloween. Purchase fake fur at a fabric store, or look for shaggy clothing at a thrift shop and cut it to fit. No need to waste time on fancy finished hems for this project.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Fake fur
  • Scissors
  • Safety pins
  • Needle and thread (optional)
  • Belt
  • Black or brown shirt
  • Brown skirt (optional)
  • Brown leggings or tights (optional)
  • Brown trousers
  • Leather thongs
  • Boots
  • Heavy silver-coloured jewellery.
  • Heavy cardboard
  • Box cutter
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Silver acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Large sheet corrugated cardboard
  • Craft glue
  • Cardboard bucket
  • Paper mache
  • Hot glue gun
  • Brown acrylic paint

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    Make a Vest

  1. 1

    Measure the width of your shoulders and the length from the top of your shoulders to the top of your legs. Cut two pieces of fake fur to those measurements. Cut one of the pieces in half lengthwise for the front of the vest. Line up the fur pieces with their right sides together and pin them with safety pins at the shoulders. Turn the pieces right-side out and try on the vest, belting it around your waist. If needed, trim the fake fur around your neck. If desired, sew the shoulders with a needle and thread. Leave the sides open.

  2. 2

    Make a vest from an old sports coat as an alternative. Cut off the arms, buttons and pocket flaps.

  3. 3

    Wear either vest bare-armed or over a brown collarless shirt. Secure the vest with a belt. A studded leather belt would work well, but so would a length of coarse rope, or a long strip cut from the fake fur.

    Make the Skirt and Pants

  1. 1

    Cut an old brown skirt to mini length and wear it over dark leggings or tights. The same can be done with a 2-foot-wide length of fake fur or fake leather wrapped around your hips and pinned at the waist. For male Vikings, brown trousers will work.

  2. 2

    Wrap strips of fake fur around your calves and ankles. Hold the fur strips in place with leather thongs, criss-crossing the thongs around your calves. Tie the ends of the thong in a knot to secure.

  3. 3

    Tuck the wrapped trousers or leggings into heavy boots.


  1. 1

    Choose pieces of heavy silver-coloured jewellery to wear. Include a heavy chain and pendant, a dog-collar style choker, arm bands and rings.

  2. 2

    Make a sword or axe by cutting the overall shape out of heavy cardboard with a box-cutter. Paint the blade silver and the handle black. When the paint has dried, add silver stud or spiral details to the black handle.

  3. 3

    Design your own shield by cutting a large circle from a sheet of corrugated cardboard. Paint one side of the cardboard black. When dry, decorate the shield with silver paint. Paint coin-sized silver dots in concentric rings to look like studs. Paint a spiral or coiled snake in the centre. When the paint is dry, turn the shield face down to make the handle. Cut a strip of the cardboard about 1-1/2-inches wide and 8-inches long. Glue the ends of the strip at the centre of the shield, leaving enough slack to slip your hand under the strip. Allow the glue to dry thoroughly.

  4. 4

    Fashion a helmet from a cardboard bucket, found in paint stores for mixing paint. Place the bucket on your head and trim the edge to the right length over your forehead. Make horns from paper mache and allow them to dry thoroughly. Hot-glue the horns onto the bucket. Paint the helmet silver and the horns light brown. Paint the tips of the horns silver.

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