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How to make a Ghillie Suit?

Making a Ghillie suit can be useful in different situations where it is necessary to camouflage yourself to go unnoticed in a natural environment . Here are some reasons why you might want to make a Ghillie suit:

    • Hunting : If you like hunting, a Ghillie suit can help you camouflage yourself in your environment and get closer to animals without scaring them. It can also protect you from bad weather and natural elements while you hunt.
      • Wildlife Photography : If you enjoy photographing wildlife, a Ghillie suit can help you camouflage yourself in your surroundings and get closer to animals to take photos closer to them.
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        • Nature observation : If you like observing nature, a Ghillie suit can help you blend in with the environment and observe animals without disturbing them.
        • Survival and bushcraft activities : If you engage in survival or bushcraft activities, a Ghillie suit can help you hide and protect yourself in the natural environment. Ghillie follows in Survival
        • Military and Security Activities : In some military and security situations, a Ghillie suit may be used for camouflage and protection in the environment.

          As you can see above, a tailored camouflage outfit can be useful in many situations .

          Here are the 5 essential steps to put together a quality camouflage outfit, if you want to skip these steps and get one already ready-made, go to our collection of Ghillie suits , don't hesitate, it's heavy !

          1) Choose the base of the camouflage

          The first step to creating a Ghillie suit is to choose a base for your camouflage . This base should be a neutral colored garment, preferably in a shade of green or brown, that matches the natural environment you will be in . Hunting suits , basic ghillie suits or tactical vests are often used as the basis for Ghillie suits as they offer a good starting point in terms of form, functionality and color.

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          Choosing a base that fits your body and allows you to move around easily is very important. You must be able to move comfortably without being hampered by your own camouflage. Keep in mind that you'll be adding multiple layers of materials to your base, so make sure it's adjustable and you can easily modify it to suit your needs .

          Once you've chosen your base, it's time to prepare the materials to create the camouflage effect.

          2) Prepare the materials

          The second step to creating a Ghillie suit is to prepare the materials you will use to create the camouflage effect . There are a variety of materials you can use to create an effective camouflage outfit, such as strands of thread , feathers , leaves , twigs , burlap , camouflage netting and many more .

          The choice of materials will depend on the environment in which you will be. For example: if you will be in a forest environment , you can use twigs , leaves and branches to create the illusion of a bush or tree . If you will be in a desert environment , you can use strands of yarn and pieces of fabric to create the effect of sand and rocks . And of course, the same for snow.

          Ghillie follows a photographer in the desert

          It is essential to prepare the materials by cutting and sorting them according to their size and color . Materials should be cut into small pieces to create a natural texture and avoid making areas that are too uniform . You have to sort the materials by color to create a gradient and shadow effect , similar to the natural shades of the environment .

          Once you have gathered all the necessary materials and prepared them correctly, you can move on to the next step: attaching the materials to your base .

          3) Fix the materials

          The third step to creating a Ghillie suit is to attach the materials to your base . There are several methods for attaching materials, but the most common are using needles and thread , fabric glue, or duct tape .

          The most common method for attaching materials is to use needles and thread to create random patterns on your base. You can also use different colored threads to create more realistic gradient and ombre effects.

          Soldier with a manufactured Ghillie Suit

          Using fabric glue is a completely different method of attaching materials. You can apply the glue directly to your base and stick the materials there . This method may be quicker than using needles and thread, but it may be messier and require more drying time .

          Tape is a less common but easier method of securing materials. You can use double-sided tape to stick the materials directly to your base . However, this method can make your Ghillie suit heavier and less flexible.

          When attaching materials, it is essential to create random patterns and mimic the natural patterns of the environment you will be in . Materials should be placed to create areas of light and shadow to add depth and texture to your Ghillie. Additionally, avoid creating too uniform shapes that might resemble a human form rather than a natural object.

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          Once you have attached all the materials to your base, you can move on to the next step: adding additional elements to make your Ghillie suit more functional and practical .

          4) Add features

          The fourth step in creating a Ghillie suit is to add additional equipment to make your Ghillie suit more functional and practical or even comfortable. You can add pockets to store items, zippers to make it easier to put on and take off, straps to adjust the size and support, as well as accessories to add even more camouflage effect .

          If you choose to add pockets, you must place them strategically so that they are accessible and do not compromise the camouflage effect of your outfit. Pockets should be discreet and not add excessive bulk to your Ghillie .

          Soldier with a Ghillie Suit SOLDAT.FR

          Zippers can be useful to make it easier to put on and take off your Ghillie suit . You can add zippers to pockets or accessories to make them more practical .

          Straps can be added to adjust the size and support . The straps should be discreet so as not to compromise the camouflage of your outfit.

          There are accessories you can add to improve the camouflage effect of your Ghillie suit. For example, you can add additional branches to create a denser, more natural covering. You can also add camouflage elements such as artificial leaves or extra strands of yarn to enhance the gradient and shading effect .

          Two soldiers in personalized Ghillie Suit

          Once you have added all the additional details to your base, you need to move on to the fitting , then adjust it until it is comfortable and functional . It is imperative to test your Ghillie suit in the environment you will be in to ensure that it is effective and that it allows you to blend in with the environment .

          5) Test the hold in an environment

          The fifth step to testing your Ghillie suit is to put it into practice in a real environment . To do this, you can train in different environments, such as forests , fields , swamps or urban areas , to evaluate the effectiveness of your outfit and make adjustments if necessary .

          Soldier with a manufactured Ghillie suit

          During your training, you can ask a friend to photograph or film you to evaluate the camouflage effect of your Ghillie suit at different distances. You can also ask your friend to move around you to see if you are able to camouflage yourself and remain invisible while moving.

          You can also evaluate the effectiveness of your Ghillie suit by hiding in different types of cover , such as bushes , trees , or rocks , to see if your outfit blends in well with the environment.

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          You can evaluate the effect of your Ghillie suit by simulating hunting or surveillance situations to see if you are able to move around without being detected and observe animals or people without being spotted . (Be careful not to enter your neighbor's privacy, it could seem very weird)

          Depending on the results of your tests, you can make adjustments to your Ghillie suit to improve its efficiency and comfort. It should be kept in mind that creating an effective camouflage outfit can take time and practice , so don't hesitate to make changes until you are satisfied with the end result. And never forget to wash your Ghillie suit from time to time, it's important.

          You can share your result with us by tagging us on Instagram , we will be delighted to see your work!

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