All Ghillied Up..Want to Look Like a Real Sniper?




Here's how to make you very own ghillie suit. If you dont know what a ghille suit is, or havnt played Call of duty 4 have a look.

Although you can buy pre-made suits from army surplus stores i prefered to make my own, and heres how for only a few dollars.

Step 1: First Off, Why Would You Want To?

First off you need to decide a few things.

***Where are you going to use it?***

For me in Aus, theres only a few options, considering most of the bush (forest) looks the same. I chose the Australian military AusCam which has been specifically designed for our conditions.

Depending where you live or where u want to use it will determine the disruptive pattern you'll need.

***What for and how are you going to use it?***

There are a few options here to choose, Paintballing, Bow or Rifle Hunting, the choice is yours. The difference between these is wether you are going to be stalking somthing, buy walking or crawling. Depends if you need full-body or just your back covered.

The Common styles are:
Jacket and pants
Filght suit

I chose a sniping prone ghillie style, where only the back of my suit will be covered, to prevent it from catching on whatever I might be crawling over. Simply made up of a long sleeve shirt and pants.

Step 2: Materials Needed:

Firstly there are a few ways to do this but i found this the cheapest.

Materials: AUD$$ approx

Cammo pants and shirt (BDU's) or flight suit (single piece). **$20 to $100

Hessian (Jute) Coffee bags, x10 approx depending on size. **$Free if you do it yourself

Dylon Cold Wash Dyes, A few differnt greens and black. **$8 each

Table salt, Lots of. **$Cheap

LARGE Hot glue gun and pack of glue sticks.*30+

Netting 1 1/2" spacings 2 mtrs sq. *$8 per m

Good pair of scissors.


Step 3: What Next ? the Threads and Dying

Well once you've got all the stuff then the fun starts. firstly get the hessian bags and cut all the stitching off from around the edges,then cut them in half along the fold, once you've done that the you can start pulling all the threads out. I suggest you do this were mess isnt a problem because it's very messy.

After many hours infront of the TV I managed to get enough threads togeather. (about 8 bags is what i used). As i finished each bag i tied them in to seperate bundles, making them easier to handle.

Once you have enough the just follow the mixing instructions that came with your dyes the put them in. As i only had 3 colours i started off with a single green then mixed other clours in slowly.This was good because it gave me plenty of differnt colours.

When you finish dying all your threads, hang them out in the sun. can take up to 2 dyas to dry.

Step 4: Catching the Cammo.

Once you have got the pants and shirt that suit you.
Lay the netting out over the top of them, stretch the netting out and weigh it down, I used a few spanners.

Start cutting alteast 2 inches more than needed as you fold it over. Then you can start to glue the net onto your bdu's, as shown.

Step 5: Strand by Strand... 5 Down 895 to Go

Ive you've come this far your doing well.

Okay so you've got all the threads you need, the netting has been glued onto your BDU's and you ready for the next steps.

Attaching the threads is a slow process so you need to be patient. Firstly you need to gather about five strands of you thread, then fold them in half making a loop, push the loop end thru the netting, then push the tail ends back thru the loop, which should look something like what I've done.

Just keep repeating that on the pants and hat, making sure to mix your colours around and not to make it to heavy. Any gaps can be filled with strips of dyed hessian, just to add to the effect, plus real plant matter can be added in the field.

Step 6: Hide and Seek

Here is the finished product which me and my mate tested out bush near my house. Enjoy :P Let me know if you can find me.

As an extra option when making your suit, think about camo on you boots, as big black boots will easliy give you away. I will add some photos of them later.

Thanx for reading hope you give this a shot.



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    3 years ago

    i followed your instructable and i used only 3 jute bags


    3 years ago

    Can you just use strips of cut up t-shirt and cloth?


    4 years ago

    Thanks for sharing, looks good.


    4 years ago on Introduction

    If you liked this make sure you check out my guide on how to be a sniper.I have had my sniper for 13 years, so i know what I am doing;)


    4 years ago

    Holy crap I couldn't find u in any of them :D


    5 years ago on Introduction

    It's very true that the environment is key when deciding on coloring, but a ghillie suit is not always necessary to break up the outline of your body. You just have to anticipate how people look for a person in an environment and counter that method by rendering it useless. In leafy woods, desert areas, or barren snow, you should use the blotch style pattern. This is because the vegetation around you is more prone to blotches and spots than stripes: (The leaves in the woods, the small stones and lumps in desert sand and in snow.) However, in areas such as an evergreen forest, or jungle areas, you will want to use a broad slash type pattern. This will be because the environment is more prone to broad lines such as the vines and limbs in the jungle, and the cones and separate branches of the evergreen trees. In areas with tall grass and brush-type vegetation, you will want to use a narrow slash-type pattern. As before this is because the area around you has a tendency to run to smaller, thinner lines. [The individual stalks of grass, and the small twig-like branches of the underbrush.] In all of these, you will want to look at the colors around you to decide what colors to use. What is the dominant color? What colors are most often seen next to each other? In addition to this, someone who wants to hide at really close range can use camoflauge to reduce the natural shadow patterns of the body. If you want to do this, pay special attention to the spaces between the fingers, the area under the nose, and the "V" shape that occurs where the arms join the body, as well as in the crotch area. All of these are things that our eyes and minds are instinctively trained to look for in order to identify a human body. If possible you should wear a scarf or some other material around your neck to reduce or disrupt the rather obvious shape of a head being on a body. Use camoflage cloth to span the area between your arms and your body as well as between your legs to make your body appear to be one solid lump instead of a group of limbs and digits that is easily recognizable in the wilderness. When applying camoflauge to the hands, you should use lighter colors between the fingers and darker colors on the rest, this way the natural shadow pattern of your hand is diminished. When coating the ears, a different color should be used on the insides than what is on the back, so that the pattern will be broken. Follow these rules, and you will be very well off.
    On another note, ghillie suits are typically more effective when in areas where the vegetation is very dense and there are fewer open spaces. This is because the material of a ghilie suit is also dense. without the grass in the picture above being high enough to kneel behind, I believe we would see the sniper without difficulty.

    1 reply

    5 years ago on Introduction

    This is pretty awesome i am working on one right now. How long should the strings be?


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Its pretty lame when someone goes out of their way and makes an account just to say something stupid four consecutive times. Its doubly lame when that person is barely educated enough to spell a four letter word. Congratulations, Tykilla618.


    5 years ago

    I'm too lazy to make one but I bought one or 65$


    6 years ago on Step 6

    good one hope to do this with my kids as a arts and crafts make your own camo kind of thing...
    They will love it for hunting and paint ball.