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How to make a dwarf beard

Updated February 21, 2017

Dwarfs in fiction usually have long beards. Make an inexpensive and easy costume bread from faux fur. Finish the costume with trousers and a tunic in earth colours, for work or adventuring; or jewel-tone colours, for a formal occasion. A wide leather belt with a pick axe tucked in it is a good accessory for a working dwarf. Accessorise a formal costume with a jewelled belt and an amulet on a heavy golden chain.

Draw a 20-by-60-cm (8-by-24-inch) rectangle on the back of a piece of faux fur. Round the corners of the rectangle to make an oval.

Cut out the oval on the fabric. Cut only the fabric, be careful not to cut the fur.

Lay the oval fur side down on a flat surface so that one of the short sides is closest to you. Draw a 2.5-by-5-cm (1-by-2-inch) oval mouth hole 2.5 cm (1 inch) below the top of the oval.

Cut out the mouth hole, again being careful not to cut the fur.

Pin a 30-cm (12-inch) piece of 13-mm (1/2-inch) elastic to the beard to make a strap. The ends of the elastic should be even with the mouth hole.

Try on the beard and tighten the elastic by moving the pin in the elastic until the beard feels secure. Sew the elastic in place.

Part the hair above the mouth hole to make a moustache. Comb the hair of the moustache to the sides. Hold the moustache in place with a little hair gel. Brush the hair below the mouth hole down.

Things You'll Need

  • Faux fur
  • Ruler
  • Pen
  • 13-mm (1/2-inch) elastic
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread
  • Hair gel
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About the Author

Camela Bryan's first published article appeared in "Welcome Home" magazine in 1993. She wrote and published SAT preparation worksheets and is also a professional seamstress who has worked for a children's theater as a costume designer and in her own heirloom-sewing business. Bryan has a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from the University of Florida.