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DIY: Shakespeare Costume from the Elizabethan Era

G1 dropped a bombshell on me and told me he needed a Shakespeare costume in two days. He had a school play and his character was Shakespeare. Since I didn’t have much time to run around to get materials, I recycled some of our old costumes and came up with this:

Shakespeare costume

Shakespeare Costume – Elizabethan Era

This is what you will need:

  • Plain white button-down shirt.
  • Black shorts.
  • Long black socks from Will Treaty’s Ranger costume.
  • Vest from Frodo’s costume.
  • The cloak is also the same one from Frodo’s costume but with the hood tucked in.
  • The hat (below) was borrowed from a friend. It’s one of those carnival hats with a few feathers stuck to the side of it.

Shakespeare costume

You can see the entire costume put together below – G1 was supposed to tuck in the white shirt.

Shakespeare costume

The look we were after was something like this:

Shakespeare costume
Image Source: Pinterest

Not too bad considering the minimal effort on my part. I thought so anyway.


More DIY Costumes.

Published by Shen-Li

SHEN-LI LEE is the author of “Brainchild: Secrets to Unlocking Your Child’s Potential”. She is also the founder of (a website on parenting, education, child development) and (a website on Right Brain Education, cognitive development, and maximising potentials). In her spare time, she blogs on Forty, Fit & Fed, and Back to Basics.

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