I made this super easy fake beard for M to dress up for a classroom dress-up day, not actually for Purim, but I thought it would be perfect to share this DIY costume beard for kids Purim time! It’s part of a Yaakov Avinu costume that I plan to share in a few weeks. Disclosure: this post contains affiliate links.
I made this super easy beard for M for his “sefer bereishis” siyum costume. They had to dress up as any character or object from the parsha. And he chose Yaakov.
I made it using scraps of fake fur I had from another project. Faux fur isn’t the cheapest so see if you can get a remnant (or upholster an old stool with it and use the leftovers for this….) You need about a foot of the fur and a sheet of craft fur should work (but might be slightly smaller than you want). The other supplies are really minimal, making this an easy and affordable costume accessory.
Cutting the fur can get messy, so be aware of where the fur is connected to the base fabric and try to cut there (it also gives you a more natural look). Have your vacuum cleaner handy too….
M “helped” me make it but then he got terrified when he saw the glue gun. He kept begging me not to glue it and I had no idea why he was so scared. Then, when I got to the gluing part and he saw me attaching an elastic he said “oh, you’re not gonna glue it to my cheeks?”!!!! Uh, no…..
Anyway, it’s really pretty easy, and you don’t need mad skills for this so I hope you enjoy!
What you need to make a fake beard:
- A 1 foot remnant of fake fur
- Fabric scissors
- Hot glue gun
- A kid to measure it on…
How to make a DIY fake beard:
1. Cut a piece of fur slightly larger than you wan t your finished product to be.
2. Trim a neat curved bottom. Try to cut between the furs and not to trim the fur so that it has choppy ends like in this photo. Do this by brushing away the fur in both directions where you want the trim line to be.
3. Do the same thing to the top, trimming a curve, but leaving sideburns (about an inch long and wide) on each side.
4. To open up the mouth, once again, clear the area of fur that you don’t want to “chop in half”.
5. Cut your hole about an inch from the top (or measure what’s comfortable for your child) and make sure it leaves generous space for your child’s mouth.
6. To make it look slightly more realistic (if that’s possible with a patch of fake fur!!), add a one inch wide piece of fur with the hairs fully intact slightly above the bottom of the hole you created for the mouth, so that it falls below the lower lip.
7. Hot glue an elastic to each end of the sideburns so that it can be worn much like a mask, only in the lower half of the face.
That’s it! Your fake beard is ready to be added to any costume you want – and worn with pride!
And when Purim is over, toss it into the dress-up box so that you have some fun biblical dress-up costumes to add to the Paw Patrol and princess stash!
What kind of costume will you be using this fake beard for? Comment below!