Museum Craft Corner: DIY Viking Beard

March 1, 2013

Crafts, Scotland

It’s time for another round of Museum Craft Corner! For those new to the blog, Museum Craft Corner is a regular feature where I introduce craft ideas spotted in or inspired by museums. Since this week has very much been in the sign of the Viking, I thought I’d share with you how to make one of those dashing ginger beards I was sporting at the National Museum of Scotland last week. It’s really simple. There’s no sewing involved, and I even deconstructed the beard I received to make a template for you. All you need is:

  • a piece of fake fur aprox. 15cm x 30cm
  • a length of elastic, aprox. 30cm long
  • a pair of scissors
  • a pen
  • a beard template, printed off on A4 paper (download)

Step 1: Cut out the template and draw around it with your pen on the back side of the fake fur.


Step 2: Cut out the beard shape from the fake fur. You might need to trim it a bit around the mouth so you don’t end up swallowing too much fluff!


Step 3: Tie your elastic to either end of the beard with a couple of knots. And that’s it!


See, I told you it was really easy.

Step 4: Now put on your scariest Viking face. Arrr!


Please note that the template is for an adult sized beard. To make a children’s sized beard, you’d have to scale down the template. A big thank you to the National Museum of Scotland for such a great idea!

If you have a craft idea inspired by a museum that you would like to feature in Museum Craft Corner, please get in touch!



2 Responses to “Museum Craft Corner: DIY Viking Beard”

  1. Kat Conte Says:

    oh my Jenni, this is brilliant! I will definitely keep this in mind for the little one. haha


  2. Vivek vasudevan Says:

    Brilliant idea Jeni, i think i will use thi for my kids fancy dress next week


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