Shelob Cosplay: Samwise the Brave
Making the backpack!
For our Kennedy School Extravaganza this year, Pen and I decided to build a fairly elaborate costume! For this particular part of the costume, I needed a Samwise the Brave backpack and could not find ANYTHING I liked online (I’m also preposterously picky!).
Additionally, I already had the rest of the costume from years of being a hobbit, so this was really the last thing I needed to be true to the screen character.
These are the old things I found laying around the house (so I didn’t even have to make a store trip!):
- Tan Pillowcase
- Old Backpack
- Old Purse (or buy some purse straps here)
- Green Pillowcase
- Various trimmings to hang on the pack
To start with, I took this old pillowcase, cut the top off of it in a triangle so that there would be a flap to close the backpack:
Next, cut the straps off of the old purse and attach in a way that creates tie downs. I was fortunate enough that my old purse also had buckles, so I swiped those off so they would close realistically.
And, TA DA! One Samwise backpack, home-made and ready to roll!!!
Now for the rest of the costume!
The rest of the Samwise costume was super easy as I already owned a Frodo costume. With very little effort, I was able to re-purpose my home-made cloak, leaf broach, pants, vest, and shirt into something straight out of the shire.
I’m ready for adventuring!
What do you think of this easy DIY Sam costume? Nailed it or what?!
Check out the rest of our costume build-a-thon!