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Picture of The Yarn Beard

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.

 
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Step 1: Materials

Picture of 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.

 

Step 2: Bits and Pieces

I cut the mesh board into 1" strips. The plastic mesh wasn't large enough for one piece to wrap all the way round my head, so I cut a long and shorter piece, one long strip for the chin strap and a short strip to go over the head. I made sure to cut the bits off both sides so they were even and smooth. I held the plastic mesh board up to my face in front of the mirror and drew on a basic beard shape. The rectangle wraped around and joined the cheek flaps.

Step 3: The Needle

Picture of The Needle
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As I have never crocheted, sewed or amigurumied before, I couldn’t figure out a better way to do this part. I’m sure there are lots of crafters out there shaking their heads, but sometimes you have to make do with what you’ve got. I rolled the end of my yarn in a piece of scotch tape to create a needle. Works fine for threading through the mesh holes and you can keep “sharpening” the tip by cutting it at an angle with the scissors.

avink4 months ago

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!

69valentine (author)  avink4 months ago
Hi Avink, I bought the mesh board at Walmart. There product description is "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". It is also know as Vinal Weave.

Hope that helps.

Happy Crafting
bajablue1 year ago
This is too cute!!!  Don't forget to enter it in the 2013 Halloween Contest when the time comes...

and Best of Luck in the Fiber Arts Contest! ;-D
poofrabbit1 year ago
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.
kargigorn1 year ago
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.
slaitch1 year ago
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