Below are three essential acting props. All of them are
easy to make, and don't require many materials.
Robin Hood Hat
You will need:
Green felt (approx. 55cm x 30cm)
To make sure the hat is the
right shape and size, make up a newspaper template first. Draw out the
pattern on a folded sheet of newspaper, placing one side on the fold
as shown in diagram 1.
Pin along two of the open sides
(diagram 2), then turn inside out. Fold the curved edges up along the
dotted line, to create two flaps, and try it on. If it is too small,
draw out the pattern a little larger and repeat the process; if it too
big then cut it down, re-pin it and try it on again.
Once you are pleased with the size of your hat, pin
the newspaper pattern you have made to the piece of felt and cut round
Fold the felt in half and mark out a line within 1cm
of the edge, along the two sides that you pinned before, on the
newspaper template. Back stitch along the line. (Diagram 3)
You will need:
Sheep’s wool (see note)
Very thin wire
Cotton thread to match
Make the piece of sheep’s wool into the shape of
beard that you want, pulling a hole in it for the mouth. When you are
pleased with the shape, slip a length of the wire along the top of the
beard, leaving a good end at either side to fasten round your ears.
Slip another piece of wire through the bottom of
the beard (around the chin) and fasten one wire to the other by
twisting the end as shown in diagram 1.
Tie one end of the cotton
to the wire, and thread the other end onto the needle. Thread the
cotton through the wool using it to bind the wool to the wire. Finish
off on the other side of the beard with tying the end of the thread to
Stick the plasters round the ends of the
wires and bend them round your ears, so the beard is tight and doesn’t
1: Sheep’s wool makes the best beards. The white sheep’s wool is
perfect for playing an old man, and dark brown is the other available
colour. Gold and ginger can be made by soaking white sheep’s wool in a
little water which has been boiled with onion skins for a long time.
Making a Bow and Arrow
1. A simple bow can be made with a long supple branch, thin
enough to bend, but only with difficulty.
2. Carve out a deep notch in either end with a strong craft
knife or pen knife.
3. Cut a piece of string a little longer than the bow, and tie a
loop in each end. Use the ‘bowline’ knot below to make a loop which
doesn’t slip. To ‘string the bow’ bend the branch and slip the loops
into the notches, altering the length of the string if necessary to make
it really taught. Leave the bow unstrung when not in use.
4. Use a long straight twig, such as hazel, to make the arrow.
Notch the thicker end and put this against the string when shooting. Take
care where you aim, because even a small bow can shoot an arrow with force
enough to hurt somebody.
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