My husband is reading The Lord of the Rings to my kids, and my 7 yo son decided he wanted to be a kickass elf for Halloween. Because a little boy's Halloween is all about the weapon props, my son chose to be the elven archer Legolas, Prince of the Woodland Realm. We studied stills from the movies and determined he would need the following elements:
- pointy ears
- long, blonde hair
- fitted gray pants and henley
- green/brown embellished jerkin (tunic)
- vambraces (forerarm guards)
- fellowship cloak
- "greenleaf" brooch
- quiver and harness
- bow and arrows
After a lot of thrifting and discount shopping, I was able to find the following items that could be used without alteration: pants, shirt, suede booties, and archery set. All the other items, I either hand-made or upcycled.
For the fellowship cloak, I used dark green wool suiting (thrifted $2) and McCalls pattern 2854. I modified a thrifted leaf-shaped brooch with green marker and glitter mod podge. For the jerkin, I started with a thrifted ladies' velour track jacket and added panels of olive moleskin fabric using gold metallic decorative thread. I drew elvish designs on with a gold sharpie marker. The vambraces were cut from embossed craft felt and laced with faux leather cord.
After exploring the options for diy elf ears, I decided to bake polymer clay with embedded wire cuffs. I used photos from Etsy as guides for shaping the wire and blended two colors of clay to match my son's skin tone.
Over my son's objection, I made the quiver out of craft foam and gold duct tape, embellished with gold sharpie, gold leaf paint, and craft gems. He wanted real leather, but that was not happening. I made the harness out of an old vinyl belt, cut into strips and secured with decorative snaps to a buckle from a different thrifted belt. The straps are attached to the quiver with brads.
The biggest risk of the costume was the long, blonde hair. I knew my son with be itchy and miserable (and probably heckled) if he wore a wig, so I made a conceptual wig out of light-colored, ribbed jersey knit. I used an online tutorial for a "doo-rag," and modified it so that "hair" would hang down around his face and in back. In the end, it was his favorite part of the costume because it was comfortable and it completely transformed his appearance.
I tried to upload a photo where he is wearing the cloak and brooch in the school parade, but I couldn't figure out how to crop his classmates out and I don't want to post other people's kids' pictures without permission. If I can get him to model it for me, I will snap a pic and insert it later. As it turned out, Halloween was unseasonably warm here, so he didn't need the cloak for trick-or-treating.
From the back:
Even cuter than Orlando Bloom: