How to Make a Davy Crockett Costume

by Alex Smith
Create a simple Davy Crockett costume with felt, fur and glue.

Create a simple Davy Crockett costume with felt, fur and glue.

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Davy Crockett is an iconic character in American history. He was a representative for Tennessee in the House of Representatives, fought in the Texas Revolution and died in the Battle of the Alamo. He is possibly best known as a pioneer, though, which is how he is typically depicted. You can make a simple no-sewing Crockett costume by modifying found clothing, adding a few props and his iconic coonskin cap.

Items you will need

  • Khaki long-sleeved turtleneck shirt
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Felt
  • Khaki pants
  • Hot glue gun
  • Baseball cap
  • Razor blade
  • Faux fur
  • Props

The Clothes

Step 1

Cut a 3-inch slit down the center of a khaki turtleneck shirt's neck. Fold the two flaps down and iron them flat to create a collar. If you have access to a pullover shirt that already has a collar, skip this step.

Step 2

Cut several 4-inch strips of brown felt that is a few shades darker than the shirt and pants.

Step 3

Cut slits in the bottom 3 inches of each strip to form tassels.

Step 4

Use a hot glue gun to attach a strip of tassels under the shirt's collar, all the way around the neck. Glue a second row of tassels around the shirt at the midpoint, and a third around the bottom of the shirt.

Step 5

Glue a smaller strip of tassels around each of the shirt's sleeves.

Step 6

Glue a strip of tassels along both outseams of a pair of khaki pants.

The Coonskin Cap

Step 1

Cut the brim off of a baseball cap with a razor blade. It should come off fairly easily by cutting the stitching above and below it. Adjust the cap to fit your head.

Step 2

Cover the hat in a piece of light brown faux fur, cutting darts where needed to form a rounded shape.

Step 3

Hot glue the fur to the cap.

Step 4

Trim the edges of the faux fur from the bottom edge of the cap, and ruffle the fur to hide any darts that you cut.

Step 5

Roll a square of striped faux fur into a tubular shape and secure it with hot glue. Glue one end of the tube to the back of the hat to make the tail.

Tips & Warnings

  • Wear this costume with a pair of brown shoes or moccasins. You can carry a canteen, a fake rifle or a knife as props, if desired.

About the Author

Alex Smith began writing in 2006 and brings a combination of education and humor to various websites. He holds a Master of Arts in theater and works as a professional makeup and special-effects artist.

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