How to Make a Homemade Joan of Arc Costume

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Capture the brave look of Joan of Arc with a costume inspired by her.
Capture the brave look of Joan of Arc with a costume inspired by her. (Image: Photos.com/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Capture the bravery and strength of Joan of Arc with a costume inspired by the young French warrior. Joan of Arc was a young woman who helped lead the French to victory in several battles of the Hundred Years' War. She is remembered as a heroine of France and a Catholic saint. With armor crafted out of household objects, it's easy and inexpensive to dress up like Joan of Arc this Halloween.

Things You'll Need

  • T-shirt
  • 1 roll silver insulation
  • Scissors
  • Leggings
  • Leather boots
  • Cardboard
  • Silver spray paint
  • Craft glue
  • Construction paper
  • Duct tape
  • Ribbon
  • Hot glue sticks
  • Hot glue gun

Pull on a long-sleeve T-shirt; preferably in a dark color like black or gray, or a regal hue like aubergine or crimson.

Cut a 16-by-36-inch piece of silver insulation for children; for adults, make it about 20 by 45 inches. This will be the breastplate.

Fold the side edges over an inch, then secure them with tape.

Cut a hole for your head and neck in the middle of the sheet of insulation so that when you pull the costume over your head, the shiny silver covers your chest and back.

Trim the front bottom of the breastplate, curving in the sides so they reach down toward a single point, like a shallow V.

Cut out a large cross from construction paper and adorn it on the front of the breastplate using glue.

Put on leggings and dark leather boots.

Cut a shield out of cardboard. The two 12-inch top edges should meet at a 90-degree angle. From there, the shield curves downward and the two sides meet about 21 inches below the top point.

Spray-paint the shield silver. Allow it to dry.

Cut out another construction paper cross and glue it to the shield.

Attach a smaller strip of cardboard to the back with duct tape to create a handle.

Get an empty wrapping paper roll for the sword and spray-paint it silver. Allow it to dry.

Adhere a ribbon to one end using hot glue. Wind the ribbon up the roll about 6 inches, trim it, then secure it with more glue. This will be the sword's hilt.

Wear your hair down. Mess it up by tossing it through your fingers and create the tousled look of a female warrior.

Tips & Warnings

  • Try sculpting a helmet out of thick craft foam using a craft knife.
  • Make your Joan of Arc more unique. Add workout gear to be Joan from "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure." Or wear a melted Walkman as described in the lyrics of "Bigmouth Strikes Again," by The Smiths.

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