Introduction: Dwarven Beard

Picture of Dwarven Beard


Today I'm gonna show you, how to make a real looking beard.
I made them for a biggest larp battle in Czech Republic called Battle of five armies which is inspired by Hobbit (the book, not the movie!) 

You will need:

- oakum
- fabrics
- rubber band
- thread and needle, scissors
- paper and pencil

- jewelry
- batik colors, hair colors


1) Make a template from a paper according to your face and chin. Then cut it and try to put it on your face, so you can adjust it. After that copy the pattern to the fabric and cut it out. Cut the mouth hole in half and then fold the fabric and glue it. It will reinforce the base. After that sew the pocket for the chin.

2) Then just sew stripes of oakum onto it. There isn't much to say, look at the photos and you'll get it. Sew the moustache part horizontaly, not verticaly as the rest of beard! After that just attach a rubber band.

3) Now you are almost done! You can also dye beard so they would match to your hair color or you can simply hide them under some hat (or, as in my case, under the helmet). In the end just make some pigtails and/or add some jewelry and proudly wear them! :D

I hope you like this instructable and I'll be glad for any comments!


tyler roberts (author)2014-09-17

you have my sword

and you have my bow

and my beard!

omnibot (author)tyler roberts2014-09-18

And my hedgetrimmer :-)

tyler roberts (author)omnibot2014-10-05

he might need that for his beard.

bookstrider made it! (author)2017-07-20

So I made my own beard in a sort of collaboration between this instructable and Igioteno's Faux Fur Using Yarn instructable and I think it turned out pretty well.

Riggs1992 (author)2017-07-20

so i ordered some oakum and i did not know it was trated with oil. do i just wash it out or do i need to find some untreated oakum?

NavinF (author)2015-11-17

I am dying the oakum in cooked elderberry water mixture - hopefully it will dry without getting to thick .I am trying with batik colors too - when ready i show the results.

jrogers50 made it! (author)2015-10-11

This was the most helpful instructable when I was making my beard last winter. Although, I don't have blonde hair and didn't much feel like dying oakum, so I used yarn instead. Still, kept my face warm in the snow, and received several compliments walking across campus. Also looks hilarious on children.

esemashko made it! (author)2014-10-31

Hmm, did u say anything ?

Eldalote (author)esemashko2014-11-01

That's great! :)

esemashko (author)Eldalote2014-11-01

Thank u

rumkirsche (author)2014-10-11

Hey, I just bought some hemp. Is there anything you can do about the smell? Are there any ideas how to dye it (for brown hair color)?

Eldalote (author)rumkirsche2014-10-13

Well...I'm not sure...Just wait until it airs out. (mine smelled really terrible, so I know what you are talking about :D )

And you can try to dye it with batik colors or hair colors ;)

rumkirsche (author)Eldalote2014-10-19

You are talking in past tense. So I hope it will work out. Thanks for your help.

Eldalote (author)rumkirsche2014-10-19

You could also try to wash it ;) but I haven't tried it yet, so I can't really tell if it will help or not :/

SparkySolar (author)2014-10-19

I love this. Thank you, wicked cool


downeysyndrome (author)2014-09-18

Any suggestions on where one could get oakum like you have here? I googled it and am mostly getting home depot

Metalyc (author)downeysyndrome2014-10-17

I found some in a "marine & hardware" store. Had a touch of oil on it though. Washing removes the smell.

Eldalote (author)downeysyndrome2014-09-18

They should sell it in plumbing shop

BenKenobi98 (author)2014-10-10

this was an awesome build the oakum we used matches my hair color exactly so it turned out awesome!

Eldalote (author)BenKenobi982014-10-13

Lucky you! :)

UnmercifulOne (author)2014-09-24

You didn't mention the quantity of oakum that was needed. The local plumbing shop sells them in 1 lbs (.45kg) bags for about $10 USD. I realize my question is highly subjective, but for the beard you created, how many lbs did you use?

Eldalote (author)UnmercifulOne2014-10-03

Well..I don't remember, but I guess it was something about 300g and I bought it for about 70czk (cca $3 usd). But the quantity depends on you ;)

TaylorM1 (author)2014-10-03

Did you make the helmet yourself or did you buy it from somewhere?

Eldalote (author)TaylorM12014-10-03

I ordered it from local blacksmith.

a.steidl (author)2014-09-22

I'm working on GROWING an epic Dwarven beard. ;) But nice ible.

Eldalote (author)a.steidl2014-09-22

Yeah, me too! But I had to shave and start over :/ And it's growing soo slowly

Kevanf1 (author)2014-09-21

From the looks of it I am guessing that 'oakum' is what we old time plumbers in the UK would call hemp. As in hanks of hemp cordage that is obtainable from proper builder's merchants. In the meantime I am actually in the process of growing a real beard like this one :) It may take me a few years but it already has small children gazing at me in wonder :D

Eldalote (author)Kevanf12014-09-21

Thanks, I'm not from an English speaking country, so you just added a new word to my dictionary!

Well...I'm trying to grow an epic beard for a long time...but all I have is 8cm long goatee and pedo mustache :D

Kevanf1 (author)Eldalote2014-09-21

Hemp is from the 'hemp' plant of course :) but not the high cannabinoid producing species. This is a far less socially 'problematic' strain of hemp. We used to use it to wrap around threaded joints and then smear plumber's putty/paste into it. It then gave a good seal for a waterproof fitting.

Keep growing that real beard. It takes time and patience but it will get there. Be aware that just as one has to go through the itchiness barrier when you first start to grow a beard then there is also the hair in the mouth barrier too. It will get to a certain length and you'll find it curling into your mouth... Persevere and it will grow long enough so that it doesn't do this. In the meantime well done for the false beard, it is truly epic. Thank you for a fantastic 'ible'.

dchen3 (author)2014-09-18

A local theme park allows outside food as long as they are not stored in coolers. Are modifications necessary to support beer cooler jackets underneath this beard? thanks!!!

fixfireleo (author)dchen32014-09-21

oooo...just THINK, you could hide a whole snack bar under this thing! we could wear it to ALL of the movies!! when they ask, we will say "i'm just trying to be in character for dolphin tale 2" or whatever movie we are going to watch! lol

Eldalote (author)fixfireleo2014-09-21

Wow, that would be a cool way of using them. Many of my friends visited the Hobbit movies in dwarven (and orc, elven and many other) costumes! :)

fixfireleo (author)2014-09-21

so, i hope i'm not the only one who had to look up what oakum is. wouldnt that be expensive? might it be cheaper to just buy cheap hair extensions at a discount beauty store??

Eldalote (author)fixfireleo2014-09-21

Well..I can't say if it is cheaper or not as I don't know how expensive hair extensions are. Pack of oakum cost me about 60-70 czk which si about 3 usd but thanks for a good idea! I will totally try it out next year!

emilyvanleemput (author)2014-09-19

That truly is epic : )

Eldalote (author)emilyvanleemput2014-09-21

It would be more epic if I had my own :D

The bomb108638825 (author)2014-09-20

Awesome beard I agree Emily

wilgubeast (author)2014-05-19

Such beard!

much hair

Eldalote (author)steampunkpotato2014-09-18


steampunkpotato (author)Eldalote2014-09-18


Dustin Rogers (author)2014-09-17

Simply amazing!! But I had to look up to see what oakum was...untwisted rope for those that don't know.

Eldalote (author)Dustin Rogers2014-09-18

Thanks! I tried to make a good ratio between price and good look.

Penolopy Bulnick (author)2014-05-19

That is a crazy hairy beard! Awesome :)

Thank you :-) !

riverquick (author)Eldalote2014-09-18

do you think it possible to repurpose an old wig?

Eldalote (author)riverquick2014-09-18

Yeah, sure ! :)

eaudsley (author)2014-07-11

Awesome stuff!

Eldalote (author)eaudsley2014-07-11

Thanks ;)

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