How to Create an Indiana Jones Costume

Three Parts:Making the WhipMaking the HatPutting Together the Outfit

Making an Indiana Jones costume doesn't have to mean emptying your wallet. With a few household items and some handy craft tools you can easily make a costume that looks like the real thing. Follow these steps to make the whip and hat, throw on some khaki pants and a shirt, and you will soon be dressed up just like Indiana himself.

Part 1
Making the Whip

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    Line up a 6-9 feet (1.75-2 meter) roll of cabinet liner.
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    Measure and cut the liner starting from one end to the other end starting out from 3 inch wide from one end.
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    Increase width of liner by 3/8 - 1/2 inch every 6 inches
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    Cut along until you've reached the desired length of your whip.
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    Put a 10 feet long string or yarn through the loop of a sewing needle.
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    Run the needle weaving the piece of yarn straight through one edge of the piece of liner you had cut.
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    Cut a 10 feet piece of wire or nylon fishing line.
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    Pass the wire through a sewing needle's loop.
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    Weave the piece of wire through the liner starting from the same place as you did the piece of yarn.
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    Weave the wire straight through the liner at an angle. Slightly pull away from the edge towards the center.
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    Line up the jump-rope along the edge of the liner where the piece of yarn was weaved.
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    Wrap the jump-rope carefully with the liner like a burrito. Take your time carefully making sure it is wrapped tightly and without folding creases.
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    Turn your hot glue gun on to heat it up while you are rolling and wrapping the rope with the liner.
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    Glue the edge with the rope and the overlapping piece of liner as you hold one end with your other hand.
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    Leave 6-8 inches of the thick end unwrapped. When you're done wrapping and securing the liner, set it aside.
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    Cut a 6-8 inch long 1/2 inch wide round stick or dowel rod with a saw.
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    Set the handle on the unwrapped end piece of liner. Carefully wrap it.
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    Glue the liner along the handle to secure it in place.

Part 2
Making the Hat

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    Cut out a 12 inch diameter round piece of felt fabric.
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    Cut out a donut shape piece of felt with a 6 inch diameter inside edge and a 12 inch diameter outside edge.
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    Find two deep bowls or cooking pots that one fits inside the other. Make sure that the inside pot is the same diameter size as the wearer's head
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    Place the round shaped piece of felt centered on top of the bigger pot.
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    Place the smaller pot on top of the felt piece and the big pot. Slowly push it down to shape the felt like the top of the hat.
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    Glue or stitch the donut shaped piece of felt to the dome shaped felt piece.
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    Cut out a strap for your hat from the piece of liner you have left over from making the bull-whip.
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    Glue the strap to your hat.

Part 3
Putting Together the Outfit

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    Find some khaki pants. Indiana is typically seen in cargo/khaki pants, at least when he's out adventuring. Add a brown belt to complete the lower half.
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    Wear a beige or white shirt. In the movies, Indiana mostly wears a pale shirt, but it gets covered in dust and grime pretty quickly. Pick something beige if you can, and consider roughing it up with some dust outside (keeping in mind it might damage the shirt for good!). Keep the collar open and roll up the sleeves, unless you're wearing a jacket.
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    Get a brown leather jacket, if you can. Indiana doesn't always wear it, but his most famous look is with a slightly beaten up brown leather jacket. If you happen to have one, wear it!
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    Put on your hat and grab your whip. Your look is complete!

Tips

  • Depending on the felt that you use you might have to use more than one layer to make your hat sturdy.
  • If you're using polyester felt, you can heat treat it to bend it into shape.

Warnings

  • Don't try and swing with your whip. It is a replica toy and not intended to hold and carry someone's weight.
  • Hot glue guns can burn. Place it away from children and handle with care.


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