How to make a fake beard from yarn

Halloween costumes or dress-up events often call for unique and creative costume ideas. If you want to keep the creation of your costume to a low cost, you can usually make your own for a fraction of what professionally designed costumes and hairpieces will cost you. Fake costume beards are not always easy to find, especially if you need one with a specific colour and length. Instead of spending lots of money ordering a custom-made beard for whatever costume event you have coming up, you can make your very own fake beard out of yarn and a few common craft supplies.

Take the tray or lid and wind the yarn tightly around the entire the tray so that it is entirely wrapped in yarn. Wind the yarn around the tray lengthwise or around the width of the tray, depending on how long you want your beard to be.

Place a strip of duct tape along the edge of the tray and the yarn and secure it to stick perpendicularly to the direction of the yarn.

Cut halfway through the duct tape and yarn lengthwise so that you have created about a 6 mm (1/4 inch) long strip of tape that is holding the pieces of yarn together.

Measure a person's head using a piece of string by tying the string around their head. Add about 15 cm (6 inches) of string to the original measurement of string around the person's head.

Cut a strip of duct tape that is approximately 40 cm (16 inches) long and place it stick-side up on a flat surface. Secure the string across the centre of the duct tape, ensuring that an even amount of string is hanging from both sides of the duct tape. Fold the piece of duct tape in thirds lengthwise, making sure that the string remains centred.

Tape the piece of duct tape that has the secured yarn horizontally in the centre of the piece of duct tape that holds the string. This brings the beard tie and the yarn together so it can be tied around the head.

Repeat steps one to three as an option and tape these additional pieces to the beard tie horizontally to create a very thick beard.

Trim the yarn as desired. You can trim the top centre part of yarn very short to resemble a moustache.


Use different colours of yarn in your beard and trim the ends to create a triangular shape so that the beard looks more realistic.


Don't leave any sharp edges of the lid exposed, especially if you had to cut the lid.

Things You'll Need

  • Coloured yarn
  • Tray or lid
  • Clear duct tape
  • Scissors
  • String
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