How to make a viking costume for kids

The term Viking is used to refer to Scandinavian explorers who explored and raided much of Europe and the North Atlantic from the late 8th to the mid-11th centuries. Vikings are often depicted wearing dark brown, ragged clothing with horned helmets. To make a child's Viking costume you need to get a few craft supplies and gather old clothing from around your home. As long as you can cut and paste, you can turn that used clothing into a fabulous Viking costume your kid will love.

Make the outfit for the Viking costume by folding 1 1/2 yards of brown faux fur in half lengthwise. Cut a half circle at the bend of the fabric to create a neck hole. Put your head in the neck hole and tie a piece of rope, or cord at the waist to cinch the fabric. The tunic should fall just below the knee. Use scissors to trim away excess fur.

Wear brown clothing underneath the faux fur tunic. Use extra brown faux fur fabric to trim the top edge of an old pair of brown boots. Use fabric glue to adhere the faux fur to the boots.

Cut the bill, or rim from an old fabric baseball cap. Cover the entire hat with duct tape so it looks like it is metal.

Shape two horns equal in size out of aluminium foil. Use masking tape to cover the entire horn. Use craft glue to adhere both horns to a headband, one on each side. Put the headband on top of the hat and tape it on with duct tape.

Make weapons for the Viking costume from cardboard. Cut a circle out of cardboard for a shield and cover it in duct tape, or aluminium foil to make it look metal. Glue a cardboard loop to the center back of the circle to create a handle for the shield. Double up the cardboard to create a sword that can withstand some play. Just draw a lower case t, but make the horizontal like low enough to be your sword handle. Tape the two layers of cardboard together with duct tape.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 1/2 yards brown faux fur
  • Rope or cord
  • Scissors
  • Fabric glue
  • Fabric baseball cap
  • Duct tape
  • Headband
  • Aluminium foil
  • Headband
  • Craft glue
  • Cardboard
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Hillary Marshall has been writing professionally since 2006. Before writing instructional articles online, she worked as a copywriter and has been published in "Ideal Living" "Sass" "Science Edge" and "Shopping Cents" magazines along with countless websites including Gadling a blog by the Huffington post. Marshall studied early childhood education at the Stratford Career Institute.