Tired of waiting forever to grow the beard of your dreams? Does your facial hair come in all patchy? Want to look like a Viking? Then this is the Instructable for you.

Bear in mind that this is not the sort of project that you start in the morning and have a foot long beard to wear out at brunch. But, with a little patience, you can be the envy of your follically challenged friends.

Step 1: Materials

For less than $15 worth of materials I built a rockin 12" long beard with enough materials left over for a second. All you need are:

- Scissors

- Scotch tape

- Plastic mesh board ($2 at Walmart)

- Big ol' ball of red Yarn ($10 at Walmart). 

I chose all red yarn as I was originally building this beard as part of a Stoick the Vast costume. Unfortunately, I didn’t finish the rest of the costume in time for Halloween.

<p>Well that's not creepy at all!!</p><p>JK! Great tutorial!!</p>
<p>Just a quick question, because I wanna make this from outside of the US, but is there a brand name or more professional word for the plastic mesh board? I cannot find it anywhere!</p>
Hi Avink, I bought the mesh board at Walmart. There product description is &quot;Crafting Essentials Plastic Canvas is a great product for crafters. It can be used together with your favourite yarns to create a variety of artistic projects like tissue boxes, decorative doilies, holiday decorations, magnets and even doll furniture. This plastic canvas is 7 count mesh and raised for easy counting when following a pattern&quot;. It is also know as Vinal Weave. <br> <br>Hope that helps. <br> <br>Happy Crafting
This is too cute!!! &nbsp;Don't forget to enter it in the 2013 Halloween Contest when the time comes...<br> <br> and<strong> Best of Luck</strong> in the Fiber Arts Contest! ;-D
Congratulations on being a finalist in the fiber arts contest!! Good luck to you! (I really do adore this, I've downloaded the PDF so I can use it to make beards for plays!)
Great idea. I made mine like this but I crocheted 'the grid' and I made it so it only was the beard. To wear it I had to pieces of string that wrapped around my ears. Which hurt, A LOT. Love how you tied them into bunches and made it all pirate like.
I think the final picture makes a more compelling main image. Would you consider changing it?
This is fantastic. My favorite yarn beard ever, hands-down. <br />
I just made an account (I've been lurking for a while) to say that this is probably my favorite thing I've seen on this site in a long time.
This is some kind of excellent. Would not have thought of the plastic mesh stuff as a base. But then, I'm already fairly blessed in the beard department.
Haha! So fun :D

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