We think these beards are perfect for dressing up as wizards, vikings, pirates… old men… and of course Father Christmas. They are quick and easy to make… and a white beard makes a wonderful and fun Christmas present!
Did you know some cotton mops are made from recycled fibres? I found mop string has several advantages over buying wool; it’s cheap – you can make 2 beards out of 1 mop head. The string is already cut to size, saving a job and quite a bit of mess as you can pull out just what you need. You can dye cotton with natural dyes – yep – another fun craft project.
- A cotton mop head (Microfibre is horrible to work with and make terrible beards – we tried!)
- White felt
Some future ideas;
- Instead of buying a mop unravel an old jumper or blanket, or use leftovers from a knitting/crochet project
- Use left over string for other projects – I used mine for matching hair for a wizard’s hat
- Matching eyebrows!
- Come up with ideas yet for the screw part of the mop
What can I do with my beard after it’s bearding life is done?
- Pull apart and reuse the string in other projects
- Use it for stuffing
- Mop the floor with it?
- Pull it apart and compost it
- Recycle it in textiles recycling)
- Dye the string different colours – tea for brown, rust for orange, felt tip ink for grey, black and blue
- Make variegated colours
- Bushy beard by adding another shorter layer of tassels underneath, fastened to the chin
- Long beard by extending the template and adding more layers, like the bushy beard, just longer
- Viking beard with plaited moustaches
This post was published on: 6th May 2016
Dressing-up clothes – Old clothes, costumes, hats, and things such as masks or jewellery that can be used for children’s games or performances.
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