In fact, some suits can mimic the surroundings. How so? With enough extra foliage tacked on, a swift breeze will have your accessories swaying right along with the trees and bushes.
Developed by a Scottish gameskeeper in the 19th century, ghillie suits today are typically handmade or built from six separate pieces including a poncho, BDUs or even a pilot’s flight suit. While they generally retail for $115 to $300, you can always save a little bit and try making one on your own.
- Dust Mask
- Roles of Jute
- Fishnet (Decorative Net)
- Camouflage spray paint
- Making your own suit can range in cost between $60 to $70, according to YouTube user PureMumbles. “I believe making a ghillie suit should be easy and actually quite fun,” he says in his how-to video posted above.
- Put down a regular t-shirt, and frame the netting around it.
- Cut off sleeve areas so you can put it on like a normal shirt.
- Cut jute in foot-and-a-half long strands.
- String the jute onto the net. Fold each jute strand in half in order to get a loop at the very end.
- Stick jute into the little holes on the net, and pull it out about an inch or two.
- Take the other half and stick it through the loop. Eventually all you have to do is pull, and it will form a little knot.
- Keep on repeating this until the entire net is covered.
- Paint the suit (if necessary) to match your surroundings.
Have you made a ghillie suit before? Any other sort of camo? Share your DIY tips below.