The Yarn Beard




About: Some of the best building materials are cardboard, duct tape, pvc pipe and imagination.

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.


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

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.

Step 4: The Head Piece

I placed the strip that went over my head on the strip that wrapped around it and weaved the two together, leaving one side open so I could attach my second strip and complete the headband. I kept the strip that went over my head between my ears to centre the head band and so that the chin strap would be in the right place for the sideburns. I pulled the yarn tight here, as this piece would hold all the weight of the beard.

Step 5: The Stubble

Once I placed the cheek piece on the rest of the frame, I notice the mustache piece didn't lay flat over my upper lip and the bottom near the chin over lapped. I cut off the bottom and made some diagonal cuts to the cheek area so it would sit closer to my face. Measure twice, cut once ;)

Next, I overlapped the cheek part with the chin strap the same way I did with the headband. I connected the two pieces in a few areas to keep it in place as I was planning on removing the stitching later when I weaved in the full beard. The chin rectangle was sewed to the cheek leaving enough of a space  to show off my pearly whites.

Step 6: The Pattern

The first part of the beard consists of hiding the plastic mesh. I cut a long (3') piece of yarn and fixed a tape needle to one end. Starting at the top inside of the sideburns, I wove around the border of the mesh. After reaching the cheek piece, I started back up. To cover as much white plastic mesh as possible, I wove in a diagonal pattern on the front and across on the back.

I cut my side burns to about 3" long and the main beard to 18". This gave me a very manly 10" beard. I left a loop of yarn to thread a small piece through. Double it up, pull tight and continue looping and threading all the way up. To save time and materials, I wove a diagonal pattern back down and only looped every second run.    

Wash, rinse and repeat, repeat, repeat. Once the side burns were done I continued with the same pattern for the main part of beard. It did take a while, but way faster than trying to grow a real one.

Step 7:

When I was finished, I tied the ends of the beard with more yarn and manicured my moustache so I could talk and drink. I make sure to wear a hat or a touque that covers the plastic mesh. At this point, I could braid it, wear it loose and shaggy or give it a nice trim.

Perfect for watching Irish Rugby matches or just scaring the dog.

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    12 Discussions


    2 years ago

    This is awesome! I mean, I've seen yarn beards before,

    But not like this one!


    5 years ago on Introduction

    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!

    1 reply

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    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


    6 years ago on Introduction

    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


    6 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    I think the final picture makes a more compelling main image. Would you consider changing it?


    6 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    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.