How to Make a Pied Piper Costume

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Things You'll Need

  • Pointed shoes

  • Tights

  • An oversized shirt

  • A robe or cape

  • Rope

  • Hat

  • Feather

  • Glue gun

  • Glue

  • Pipe, or toy flute or piccolo

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The German folklore legend of the Pied Piper tells of a man in pied clothing who is hired to lure rats from a town. However, when the townspeople refuse to pay for his services, the piper retaliates by luring the children away from their parents with his magic pipe, never to be heard from again. The Pied Piper is a classic costume that has endured over the years and can easily be created by repurposing modern clothing.

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Create Shoes for Your Pied Piper Costume

Purchase a pair of pointed, leather or felt shoes. Footwear from the era in which the Pied Piper story takes place fit loosely and came to a point at the toe with a slight curve up at the toe. A knee-high riding boot with a fold at the top of the boot works as well.

Add Some Colorful Tights

Wear brown or colored tights on your legs. The tights should be completely opaque and not shiny or metallic. Stripes going the length of the leg work well, but avoid anything with a polka dot, horizontal stripe or other pattern. If you can find them, tights that have a different color on each leg are ideal for an authentic looking pied piper costume.

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Find a Flamboyant Shirt

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Locate a colorful, oversized shirt in flannel, cotton or satin. Pied means patches of two or more colors, so look for a shirt with wide, vertical stripes in multiple different colors. Look for a shirt that is very large and loose, with sleeves that extend to your wrist for your pied clothing.

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Add a Colorful Cape

Find a large cape or robe, again, with multiple different colors. The Pied Piper is usually shown wearing a short cape that ends at the waist or a long robe or cape that extends to the ground.

Create a Loose Belt

Tie a rope around your waist, covering your shirt and robe. Wear the rope under the cape, if you are wearing one. Pull a little bit of slack from the shirt or robe over the rope belt so that your top remains loose-fitting.

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Put a Feather in Your Hat

Create the traditional Pied Piper hat by gluing a feather onto a hat. Use a fedora with a straight front brim, a pointed archer hat or a jester hat and use a hot glue gun to glue one long feather onto the hat on one side over the ear. Look for a solid brown hat or a multi-colored hat.

The Piper Needs a Pipe

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Tie a pipe or a child's toy flute or piccolo onto your belt by fastening it with a piece of string and looping the string around the rope of the belt.

Tip

Carry plastic or stuffed rats or drag them behind you on strings to add even more authenticity. This will also further identify "who" your costume represents.

“Pied” means anything multicolored or simply having more than one color. Today someone wearing mismatched or many colored clothing is said to be pied.

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