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DIY Link Costume: Breath of the Wild

DIY Link Costume: Breath of the Wild

Update: This DIY Link Costume for Breath of the Wild was created a few years ago. It remains one of my more popular Halloween costumes, and this game remains one of m kids’ favorite games. If you have a little one obsessed with this game and are looking to make them a costume, I just want to say hi, I am glad you are here, and WOW I wish my kids were still this teeny! Enjoy!

This DIY Link costume is inspired by The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. There is no sewing involved in this easy and inexpensive project!

My kids are eight and five-years-old. They are officially into video games (even Claire, who’s only five, has some serious skills…she can beat me at Mario Kart HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE). I grew up in the 80’s, which means I got to see video games grow from Pong (my parents totally had Pong) to my personal favorites – Super Mario Bros. and, of course, The Legend of Zelda.

DIY Link Costume

We didn’t have a Nintendo at home (until I was older, and got my own), but my grandparents had one…and so of course, along with homemade chocolate chip cookies and a smorgasboard of sugary cereals, we always got our fill of Nintendo every time we visited. It’s what grandparents live for, right?! 

DIY Link Costume

Today my kids are the Nintendo players/experts in the house. When they’re not playing Zelda on the Switch, they’re playing Zelda in our house. And in our car, and outside, and everywhere we go. It’s kind of taken over our world. I decided to roll with it and make a DIY Link costume for Claire – it was cheap and easy, it didn’t take long to make, and it’s SUPER cute (also, comfy – which is helpful when she’ll be wearing it a lot for play!). Link wears many outfits in Breath of the Wild – this particular shirt is called the Champions Tunic.

DIY Link Costume Guide: 

DIY Link Costume

This is a really easy Link costume that you don’t need to save for Halloween or a party. If your kids really like to dress up and get into character on the regular, this DIY costume is a must try! 

Here’s what you need to make a DIY Link costume:

DIY Link Costume

If this is already stressing you out (been there, done that, still do it…), you can always just buy a costume on Amazon! This one is inexpensive and looks a lot like the one I created here.

Here’s how to make this DIY Link costume from Breath of the Wild:

Using a pencil, sketch in the designs on Link’s tunic. I used this picture as a guide. Trace with puffy paint (don’t forget, it needs to dry overnight – I did one side before bed and the other side in the morning). You could also do this with a bleach pen if you have kids who will pick at the paint or not like the raised feel of the paint on the shirt! 

DIY Link Costume

Cut your white flannel into strips. These will make the arm bands. Use the crayons to draw the print onto the fabric. 

DIY Link Costume

Cut two pieces of brown fabric out for boot cuffs. To do this, just measure around the top of the boot and decide how wide you want the fold. Then cut out your pieces and simply fold over the boots (I left the front open, like Link’s boots!).

DIY Link Costume

That’s really it! Claire got dressed in her Link costume, we gave her a messy ponytail (authentic to Link *and* Claire), and I wrapped my belt around her waist twice. We used a sword we already had around the house, and ta-da! 

DIY Link Costume

Easiest DIY Link costume ever. 🙂

DIY Link Costume

Questions about the Switch or the costume? Let me know in the comments below!

Or! And there is no shame in your game if you go this option – you can just buy a costume online. 🙂

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And be sure to check out the DIY kid costumes below!

No-Sew DIY Princess Leia Costume
No-Sew Frozen Costume
DIY Power Rangers Costume Tutorial




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Wow – that’s actually a pretty cool DIY outfit. Gotta talk the head of the family (wife) into making something like this for our daughter. I simply don’t have the skills myself.

Thanks! I found the whole thing in Walmart! Turn Shirt, pants, shirt for underneath the turn shirt and the fabric paint!! Score! Thanks so much

I’m working on it now with the fabric paint! πŸ˜ƒπŸ‘πŸΌ

I found your tutorial after I made the Link costume for my 5 year old daughter, who is also Zelda obsessed. I did almost the exact same thing!!

Hello! Thanks for this DIY it’s really helpful! Now I just have to find a sword and TADA!!!!!!

I am thinking about making this costume for my 8 year old . I was wondering how big of a shirt you got and what size does she normally wear. I am trying to order everything only but I am stumped on what size to order to make it look more like a tunic.

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