How to Make a Lumberjack Costume

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How to Make a Lumberjack Costume
If you have a plaid shirt, you have the makings of a lumberjack costume. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

It's the day before Halloween and you still don't have a costume. Chances are you can put together a lumberjack outfit with clothing you already have in your closet, and you can make accessories, such as an axe and a beard, using a few common craft supplies. In addition to being easy to make, a lumberjack costume is subtle and ideal for people who aren't interested in standing out in a crowd. Plus, the outfit will keep you or your child warm during hours of trick-or-treating on a frosty night.

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Things you need

  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Duct tape
  • Piece of brown fur or felt
  • Hot glue
  • Elastic cord
  • Plaid shirt
  • Suspenders
  • Padded vest
  • Jeans or green work trousers
  • Work boots
  • Thick socks
  • Earflap hat or knitted cap
  • Wood shavings or sawdust
  • Length of rope

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    Make the Axe

  1. 1

    Cut a 12-by-2-inch rectangle from a piece of brown cardboard. This will be the axe's handle.

  2. 2

    Cut a 6-by-4-inch rectangle, and trim the long sides at an angle so the shape looks like the blade of the axe. Wrap the shape in grey-coloured duct tape.

  3. 3

    Position the handle on the blade so that 2 inches of the handle overlap onto the blade. Cover the overlapping 2 inches with duct tape to attach the handle to the blade, completing the axe.

    Make the Beard

  1. 1

    Cut a triangle shape from a piece of brown fur or felt that is large enough to cover your face ear-to-ear and nose-to-chin. Round the corner of the triangle's bottom tip so the beard isn't pointy at the bottom.

  2. 2

    Cut a half circle large enough to expose your bottom lip from the triangle's top side. Cut a moustache from the fur and hot glue it above the cut-out half-circle shape, leaving an opening for the bottom lip.

  3. 3

    Cut a small slit into each side of the triangle near your ears. Tie a length of elastic cord to each slit. Either loop and tie the cord around your ears or tie the two cords together around the back of your head to ensure the beard stays on your face.

    Outfit Assembly

  1. 1

    Put on a plaid shirt, and button every button. Put on a pair of jeans or green work trousers, and roll a 3-inch cuff up the bottom of each leg. Tuck in the shirt. Put on a pair of suspenders. Add a padded vest over the flannel shirt. Put on a pair of thick socks and work boots.

  2. 2

    Put on the homemade beard, and then put on an earflap hat or knitted cap, which will cover the elastic on the sides of the beard.

  3. 3

    Sprinkle wood shavings or sawdust in your beard, hat and on the rest of your outfit. Carry your homemade axe, and casually loop a length of rope over your shoulder for a finishing touch.

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