Ghillie suits take camouflage to the next level. They help by altering the recognizable human shape into a blurry form that is hard to detect even with the best set of eyes. They can be purchased online or can be made at home fairly easily.
If you are looking for a new project to start on, follow the details below to make your own camouflage ghillie suit.
To make your ghillie suit you will need the following items:
- Your camouflage clothing (jacket, pants, hat)
- Burlap or jute
- Fabric dyes to match surroundings where it will be worn
- Fishing or volleyball net
- Strong glue
Putting it Together
Start off by laying out your camouflage clothing flat on the ground and cover with a sheet of netting. Use weights of some kind such as small rocks around the edges to hold the netting in place whilst you work.
Stick the Netting Down
Using a strong glue such as gorilla glue, stick the netting to the clothing by placing dabs of the glue all over. If you prefer, you could use a needle and thread to stitch the netting to the clothing. The latter option will be time consuming but the ghillie suit will last much longer.
Once completed you can go ahead and cut around the clothing, leaving an inch or two to spare along the edges. Turn the clothing over and repeat the process above to cover the underside with the netting.
Seperate the Burlap
This stage will need some patience as it is fairly time consuming. Take your burlap and cut it into strips that are about a foot in width.
Start off by removing the longitudinal fibers. You can do it horizontally if you like, but it is important to choose one and stick with it. Continue until it is frayed to within 2 or 3 inches from the center, then go to the other end and repeat the process.
The important thing is that the strands of the fibres stay intact and you end up with strands of burlap that are around 10” to 12” long.
Dye and Attach the Burlap Strands
If you are still with me at this point it is time to start with the dye. The dyes that you choose should match your surroundings. It’s best to do at least three different colors, but keep them in the same range. You will need to follow the directions on the dye packaging to dye your strands of burlap.
Gather up the strands in sets of about 10 strands and pass each set through the netting using a half hitch knot to attach them. Start from the bottom and work your way up so that each set overlaps the one beneath.
Before each use, take the time to gather up some dry leaves and twigs from your surroundings to help you blend in with the environment.