Homemade Ghillie Armor

An easy and cheap way to make an armored ghillie suit using things you can find around the house/yard and put together.

Step 1: Get Materials Together

Things you'll need:
1. A shawl or poncho - closet/thrift store

2. "Armor" - Can be ceramic tiles, metal squares, hard plastic squares, whatever's around

3. 3M Super 77 adhesive in my case, because I used tiles

4. Burlap sacks/sheets

5. Netting, I used plastic bird netting.

Optional: Dye for coloring your burlap to match your environment

Step 2: Attach the Armor to the Clothing

Take the material you are using as armor and have it cover the clothing in sections, but leave spaces in between so the clothing can still be flexible and you can maneuver in.
I sprayed the adhesive onto the clothing and onto the bottom of the tiling and left it until it became tacky before placing and applying pressure. I left this out to dry for 30 minutes.

Step 3: Attach the Netting Over the Armor

I cut out sections of the netting and attached it to the clothing using safety pins and paper clips.

Step 4: Pull Apart the Burlap

Take your Burlap sheets or bags and start pulling apart the strings, you can cut the strings to different lengths depending on your environment, for dried overgrown grass, go longer, for a more choppy forest grass look go shorter. You will need a lot of Burlap to cover the entire thing so this makes this step the longest and most grueling part. Just power through this and you're more than halfway through.

Step 5: OPTIONAL: Dye Your Burlap

You can dye your Burlap colors based on the environment you want to use this in, white/gray for snowy, greens for forest, etc. Since I live in a desert and I'd mostly be using this in places with Dried Grass, I'll stick with the color it already is.

Step 6: Start Tying the Burlap

Take bunches of Burlap and tying it to the netting, I did no specific amount per, or specific pattern I just did what felt alright and what made it look good/covered. Work your way across the back first as it is the most time consuming. Try using different length Burlap strands to make it more random and disorderly.

Step 7: Just Keep Tying

Now cut out netting for the front and start tying it there too.

Step 8: Testing!

You're finished! Now just to reassure you I've recorded myself getting shot, putting myself at risk for your enjoyment. As expected the armor worked and all I could feel was a little pink on my shoulder.



    • Jewelry Challenge

      Jewelry Challenge
    • Trash to Treasure

      Trash to Treasure
    • Tape Contest

      Tape Contest

    7 Discussions


    2 years ago

    Excellent idea!


    2 years ago

    Fun idea :) I've seen some people make brigandine plates from pickle buckets too.

    3 replies

    Reply 2 years ago

    Wow I didn't even know it had a name! Brigandine, hm, surprised I'd never heard of it. I just did this for an Engineering project due tomorrow never figured someone would actually look at it! Thanks!


    Reply 2 years ago

    I'm a rennie and it's a popular way to make your first set of armor for people just getting into fighting. It's much cheaper than plate. :)


    Reply 2 years ago

    Also yes Pickle Buckets would be much more efficient in hindsight but on a quick glance it seems to be too expensive for the "trash to treasure" contest I had to apply for.