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We’ve broken the Star Wars trend with a classic Nintendo character instead. Max got Link’s shield when we were at the Highland Games over Labor Day weekend, and this Link costume has been in the works ever since. It’s actually surprisingly simple, considering how great it ends up coming together, and as per usual, Jamie pulled out all the stops in putting it together.
DIY Link Costume Shopping List
Long sleeved white/off-white shirt
Dark green polo shirt (2) for tunic and hat
Brown Belts (3-4) We had great luck thrifting these, so check there first!
Scrap leather: This is the third time Jamie has used scraps of our old sofa! I think this might be the end of it though…
Green Paracord: Or any other kind of lacing material
Zip ties: For hanging the shield on the back, and creating a place to hold the Master Sword
Master Sword: Jamie made ours from scratch, but they’re also easily buyable online.
How to Make a Link Costume
Four belts, all thrifted. The one around the waist, one around the shoulder, one under the arm, and the 4th one was taken apart for the shoulder padding. Trim belts to fit and use rivets to hold them together. The green polo shirt simply has the collar and buttons cut off, and then paracord lacing on the placket.
The hat is basically a Santa-shaped triangle, cut from the back of the second polo shirt. A couple of little “x” stitches and it’s ready to go! The prosthetic ears are so ridiculously adorable, and the material is made to take makeup well so you can adjust the skin color if needed for your own Link.
Our Master Sword is handmade with scraps from the garage; the trick is the aluminum tape that makes anything shiny and metallic looking. It’s one of Jamie’s favorite little tricks, that he picked up from watching Adam Savage videos.