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.
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.
Cut several 4-inch strips of brown felt that is a few shades darker than the shirt and pants.
Cut slits in the bottom 3 inches of each strip to form tassels.
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.
Glue a smaller strip of tassels around each of the shirt's sleeves.
Glue a strip of tassels along both outseams of a pair of khaki pants.
The Coonskin Cap
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.
Cover the hat in a piece of light brown faux fur, cutting darts where needed to form a rounded shape.
Hot glue the fur to the cap.
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.
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.
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