How to Make a Barbarian Costume

Random old pieces of leather can be turned into a barbarian costume.
Random old pieces of leather can be turned into a barbarian costume. (Image: Hemera Technologies/ Images)

From Conan movies to Dungeons & Dragons, the image of the barbarian has become iconic in our culture. He is a large, tough man who fights for money, a berserker warrior who cannot be stopped. Creating a barbarian costume is surprisingly easy and can be done quite inexpensively if your local fabric store has a remnant bin with leftover pieces of leather. Some minor sewing is required for this costume, but it is mostly assembled onto you with pins and ties.

Things You'll Need

  • Faux fur
  • Scissors
  • Brown sleeveless t-shirt
  • Needle and thread
  • Various leather pieces
  • Sandles
  • Leather cord
  • Wig
  • Sword or axe

Cut three pieces of faux fur, each 3 inches wide and long enough to border the sleeves and neck of a brown sleeveless T-shirt.

Pull the loose fur off of the edges of the cut pieces.

Fold each piece of fur in half, hiding the inner surface, and sew them to the T-shirt with black thread.

Cut a large piece of leather that is long enough to wrap around your waist like a towel.

Cut the bottom of the leather into tatters to create a barbarian loincloth.

Cut out two pieces of leather that are long enough to wrap around your calves. Cut both ends into tatters.

Put on the sleeveless T-shirt and the loincloth. Secure the loincloth in place with several safety pins.

Wrap another piece of scrap leather or fur around your waist, and hold it in place with a thick leather belt.

Put on leather sandals, then wrap the smaller pieces of leather around your calves to create the appearance of boots. Hold the leather pieces to your legs with leather cord, tied in a criss-cross fashion.

You will tie the cord like a ballerina ties on her shoes.
You will tie the cord like a ballerina ties on her shoes. (Image: Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Wrap long strips of leather around both wrists, coming halfway up the forearm.

Put on a long wig and tie a strip of leather around your head like a headband.

Complete the costume with a large sword or axe.

Tips & Warnings

  • Imitation leather can be used as a low-cost alternative to the real thing.
  • If possible, don't shave for several days before wearing this costume.
  • You can eliminate the shirt if you have the physique for it.
  • Please wear underwear.


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