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.
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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

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.


Wear a Dark Colored Shirt or Top

Pull on a long-sleeve T-shirt; preferably in a dark color such as black or gray, or even a regal hue like aubergine or crimson to create your Joan of Arc Halloween costume.

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Cut the insulation

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 and Tape

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

Make a Hole for Your Head

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


Trim and Curve the Breastplate

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

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Cut Out the Paper Cross

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


Pull on Leggings and Boots

Put on leggings and dark leather boots.

Create the Shield

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.


Paint the Shield

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

Cut out a Cross for the Shield

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



Make the Shield's Handle

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

Construct Your Sword

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


Make a Hilt for Your Sword

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.

New Hairdo for Your Joan of Arc Costume

Wear your hair down. Mess it up by tossing it through your fingers and create the tousled look of a female warrior to complete your Joan of Arc Halloween costume.


Try sculpting a helmet out of thick craft foam using a craft knife.

Make your Joan of Arc costume even 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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