DIY Last Minute Nun Costume

Black clothing forms the base of a quick nun costume.
Black clothing forms the base of a quick nun costume. (Image: BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images)

If you have been invited to a costume party with a religious theme or need a last-minute nun costume for Halloween or a theater production, you can improvise using items from your closet or around the house. You will not need to create a lot of complicated props or accessories, because nun's habits are very simple and nuns do not have many possessions.

Things You'll Need

  • Black skirt and shirt or dress
  • Black sheet (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Piece of rope
  • Plain black shoes
  • White pillowcase
  • Safety pins
  • Short length of black fabric
  • Black cloak or long length of black fabric
  • Cardboard
  • Silver acrylic craft paint
  • Length of chain with clasp
  • Bible or old book
  • Candle in candle holder (optional)
  • Two long strips of wood
  • Hammer and nail

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Wear a dress or a long black skirt and a loose, long black shirt or top as a base for a last-minute nun outfit. Alternatively use a large black sheet or piece of fabric. Fold it in half and cut a hole in the center of the fold with scissors, ensuring the hole is large enough fit over your head comfortably.

Wrap a length of rope around your waist to make a belt over your black clothes, or to hold the sheet in place. Add plain black shoes.

Place the white pillowcase on the top of your head and wrap it lengthwise around your face. Pin it tightly under your chin with a safety pin so that the ends of the pillowcase cover the front of your neck and the top of your chest.

Arrange a short length of black fabric over the white pillowcase like a headscarf and pin it in position, leaving a white border showing around your face and under your chin. Wrap a long length of black fabric or a black cape around your shoulders.

Cut a cross shape out of thick cardboard and paint it with acrylic craft paint. Make a hole in it and thread a length of chain or a piece of cord through it and clasp it around your neck.

Carry a Bible or an old book, a candle in a candle holder, or a rudimentary wooden cross made by nailing two lengths of wood together.


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