Nativity Costume Ideas – Innkeeper

Continuing my series of posts to give you some ideas for different costumes, I’m moving on to Innkeepers, and Innkeeper’s wives. I always imagine these characters to be wealthier than the Shepherds, or any of the Travellers and people looking for somewhere to stay. This means you can take a basic tunic and head dress and have some fun adding accessories.

Innkeeper with waistcoat

Innkeeper with long waistcoat

For an inn keeper this might be a richly coloured waistcoat, or a lovely scarf tied as a belt. You could even add a large medallian, or chunky rings. For the Inn keeper’s wife, you could add a beautiful shawl. For a different look the head dress could be replaced with a scarf, or the head dress could be tied under the chin, headscarf style.

I had a request one year for ideas for a ‘Sleepy Innkeeper’, as in their play theinnkeeper had been woken up. I suggested taking the standard head dress, and stitching it into a ‘Wee Willie Winkie’ style nightcap which could then be held on with hair clips.

Making a Sleepy Innkeeper Cap from a Head dress

Step 1 – Fold the head dress along a long side, and then safety pin, or sew to form a triangle

 

Making a Sleepy Innkeeper Cap from a Head dress

Step 2. Turn the cap the right way around

 

Making a Sleepy Innkeeper Cap from a Head dress

Step 3. Place on head, adjust size if necessary, and secure to hair with hairclips

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