For all your Harry Potter fancy dress needs!
If you ever need a fancy dress beard on a budget, this is the project for you! I specifically needed one so I could dress up as prof Dumbledore, but the same basic techniques could be used make one for Hagrid, by using black paper and adding thin curled strips to make it more wild and bushy! I hope you enjoy making it. :)
Moving to a separate piece of paper, turn it so it is landscape and divide into 3 7cm thick rows across the page. (shown in red)
Now, mark 2 more lines all the way across the page, each about 2cm below the original ones you drew, and another one 2cm above the top original line. (shown in black)
It's time to start making your beard hairy!
Take one of your fringed strips and glue along the top edge, between the black and red lines. Stick this at the BOTTOM of your beard (this makes it much easier to layer.)
Once the glue has dried, flip your beard over and cut off the rest of your excess fringing, trimming the ends into shape to fit the template of the beard.
Repeat this step, layering each strip over the last for 3/4 of the way up your beard.
Before you have fringed your beard all the way to the top, you need to mark and cut out a mouth hole.
To do this, measure the distance between the tip of your nose and your top lip, and how tall and wide your mouth is.
Mark out an oval onto your beard that fits these specifications, making sure that the mouth hole is equidistant from the edges.
Use your hole punch to make a hole in the middle of your marked out area and then use your scissors to cut it out.
Your beard is nearly finished! Now all you need is to attach some elastic so you can wear it.
Punch a hole underneath the top layer of fringing on either side of your beard.
Also put sticky tape over both holes, then flip the beard over and do the same on the back, before piercing the hole again with the tip of your scissors.
This is to reinforce the holes so that your beard doesn't rip when you fit it over your head.