How to create a kids' Robin Hood costume on a budget

Updated April 17, 2017

The story of Robin Hood enchants all ages. After all, he got to run around the forest with a bunch of outlaws, steal from the rich, help the poor and shoot a cool bow and arrow. At some point, your child may want to start dressing like Robin Hood. Maybe a birthday party is coming up, perhaps you're heading to a fancy dress party, or maybe your kid just likes playing dress up. Regardless, while you could go out and spend a small fortune on Robin Hood gear, it's inexpensive and fun to make your own costume instead.

Use the brown trousers and the white long-sleeved shirt as the base of your costume. Everything else will go over these.

Make a tunic. Fold the green craft felt in half lengthwise and cut a V-shaped slit for the head to go through. Adjust the width of the tunic as needed, so it covers the area from just past one shoulder to just past the opposite shoulder. Trim off excess material and save it. Put the tunic over the child's head, with his head poking through the hole.

Cut a length of brown fake leather to go around the child's waist and use pieces of Velcro to fasten it in the front. This goes over the tunic as a belt.

Make a bow. Bend the yard of 2.5 cm (1 inch) balsa wood a little to form a bow shape and drill a hole in each end. Use a piece of string tied at each end to form the bow string.

Make a quiver and arrows. To make the quiver, cover a crisp can with scraps of brown fake leather. Make a strap which can be used to carry the quiver on the shoulder. To make arrows, use 40 cm (16 inch) dowel rods. Cut arrow heads out of the craft foam scraps, and make three "feathers" out of craft foam for each arrow. Glue the feathers and arrowheads on the dowel rods with hot glue.

Make accessories. Use a leftover piece of green craft felt to make a hat. Fold the piece in half and cut a long, narrow triangle. Sew the rear short edge of the triangle shut, and then fold the long bottom edges of the triangle up to make a brim. If you like, glue a feather into the brim of the hat. You can also use scraps of fake leather to make wrist braces. Cut a piece about 5 cm (2 inches) wide, and as long as your child's wrist measurement, plus 2.5 cm (1 inch) more. Attach Velcro to the short edges so they can be fastened around the wrists. Use scraps of green felt and brown fake leather to make a pouch for carrying treasure and loot through Sherwood Forest.


If the weather is cool, make your child a cloak by draping a yard or so of brown wool over the shoulders and fastening it with a pin or frog closure. Add boots or soft leather shoes to this ensemble to really complete the look.

Things You'll Need

  • Brown trousers
  • White long-sleeved shirt
  • 1 metre (1 yard) green craft felt
  • 1 metre (1 yard) brown fake leather
  • Velcro
  • 1 metre (1 yard) of 2.5 cm (1 inch) balsa wood
  • String
  • 1 crisp can
  • 40 cm (16 inch) dowel rods
  • Scraps of craft foam
  • Hot glue
  • A feather (optional)
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Patti Wigington has been writing for nearly twenty years. Her work has appeared on a variety of websites and in a number of print publications, and she spent five years as a staff writer for a Columbus, Ohio, newspaper. She is the author of a children's book, a novel for middle grade readers, and two adult novels.