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Astrid Viking Costume from How to Train Your Dragon 2

Updated on August 21, 2014

Dress up as Viking Warrior Astrid for How to Train Your Dragon's Premiere

With the released of Dreamwork's How to Train Your Dragon 2, girls, tweens and teens have their own viking action heroine to emulate with Astrid Hofferson, voiced again by America Ferrera.

This viking warrior girl costume is one that will appeal to girls and teens.

In this sequel to the 2010 hit by Dreamwork's animation, Astrid has grown up a bit and her attire reflects her being older, but still maintains many of the elements from the original costume that made it a fun one for parents to make for their daughters.

Read on to find out how you can pull together you own Astrid costume and hair for your favorite viking, as I figure out how to do the costume myself.

If you are interested in making a Hiccup costume follow along as I figure out that one too.

This lens is a work in progress.

Astrid from Dreamwork's How to Train Your Dragon on Facebook

Astrid Then or Now?

Astrid Then or Now
Astrid Then or Now

Astrid 2010 (Then) or 2014 (Now) from Dreamwork's How to Train Your Dragon on Facebook

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Funko Pop's Astrid and Stormfly on Amazon

Funko POP! Movies: How To Train Your Dragon 2 - Astrid
Funko POP! Movies: How To Train Your Dragon 2 - Astrid

The Funko Pop version of Astrid is just too cute.

I already got one for my older Viking teen.

 
Funko POP! Movies: How To Train Your Dragon 2 - Stormfly
Funko POP! Movies: How To Train Your Dragon 2 - Stormfly

Astrid's trusty dragon, Stormfly is also available as a Funko Pop version.

 

Astrid and Stormfly

Astrid and Stormfly
Astrid and Stormfly

Astrid and Stormfly from Dreamwork's How to Train Your Dragon 2.

How to Train Your Dragon 2 - Video Trailers

Watch the official trailer to see what the movie is going to be like. They also give you an idea of how Astrid is dressing in this movie.

Watch the official trailer .

See Astrid's feisty nature in this clip.

A clip of best friends Astrid and Hiccup.

Astrid and Hiccup

Astrid and Hiccup from Dreamworks Animation How to Train a Dragon
Astrid and Hiccup from Dreamworks Animation How to Train a Dragon

Astrid and Hiccup Still from Dreamworks Animation How to Train a Dragon

Astrid's Viking Costume

Astrid with Attitude
Astrid with Attitude

Astrid's Costume for HTTYD2

This version of costume has changed a bit from the first movie, but not too much.

Blonde hair with side braid (instead of back French braid)

Leather hair tie (in addition to headband)

Fur capelet with ring closures and skull embellishments (New for this version)

Armor shoulder guards (Unchanged)

Leather embellished Battle Axe (More embellishments)

Red form-fitting sleeveless top (Instead of green striped)

Brown wrist warmers with additional fur lined arm warmers (Just wrist warmer) held in place with leather strips

Brown leather strips skirt with spike embellishments over a fur skirt (Instead of red leather over a brown suede skirt)

Silver/lead skull embellishments for the skirt (Bone skulls in different places)

Dark blue/black leg warmers with leather patches (No patches in the first version)

Fur leg warmers with different fur toppings over brown suede boots held in place with leather strips

When putting together Astrid's costume some of the items are easy and other are more challenging, particularly some of the details like the spikes and the skulls.

Fortunately a few very clever people figured these details out for the first movie and I've got links to their sites so you can see how they recreated these parts of the costume.

Astrid from Dreamwork's How to Train Your Dragon on Facebook

Amazing Astrid Costumes

Some of the amazing Astrid costumes done by other crafty types.

Stormfly and Astrid

Stormfly and Astrid
Stormfly and Astrid

Stormfly and Astrid from Dreamwork's How to Train Your Dragon on Facebook

Details of Astrid's New Outfit

Let's take a look at her costume in more details.

  1. Blond hair with new side braid
  2. Leather headband and hair tie
  3. Fur Shoulder Cape and Embellishments
  4. Leather Embellished Battle Axe
  5. Gladiator-inspired leather and fur skirt
  6. Red short-sleeve/cap top
  7. Navy leggings
  8. Fur Covered Leather Boots

Astrid's Braid + Headband

Astrid's Braid
Astrid's Braid

Figuring Out Astrid's Hair

Astrid's Hair has changed from the first to the second. In this new movie, she is sporting a side braid making her look a bit like Elsa from Frozen.

There are a couple of video tutorials showing how to tie a knot braid, but I am not sure if it is the right style.

After looking at several of the tutorials Astrid's braids in both versions look like knotted braids, mixed with regular braiding with perhaps a bit of twisting and maybe even a wrap around.

I've got my braiding expert daughter out searching to see if she can find out the name of this updated braid style.

It looks a lot like the knotted braid or the knotted messy braid, with a couple of extra twists and wraps and kept together with a leather hair tie/band.

If you look carefully she still has her leather headband, it's just hiding under her longer bangs.

Astrid from Dreamwork's How to Train Your Dragon on Facebook

How to Do an Astrid Braid - Video Tutorial

These video tutorials will help you figure out how to do an Astrid Braid, depending on whether you want one that looks like the back braid in the first movie or the new side braid in the second.

I've also added a few videos which look similar to the new braid she wears in the second movie.

An updated braid (wig) from the second movie.

The braid she wears in the first movie.

Cute Girls Hairstyles shows how to do a French Knotted Braid, down the back.

Another option is the knotted messy side braid that combines braiding with twisting.

Long Blonde Wig on Amazon

28 "Women's Hair Wig New Fashion Long Big Wavy Hair Heat Resistant Wig for Cosplay Party Costume (Light Blonde)
28 "Women's Hair Wig New Fashion Long Big Wavy Hair Heat Resistant Wig for Cosplay Party Costume (Light Blonde)

For those who don't have normally long blonde hair, this blonde wig with bangs is a great option for creating your own Astrid wig.

It already has bangs, just style the side braid.

 

More on Astrid's Braids

Astrid's braids in both versions look like knotted braids, mixed with regular braiding.

Brown Suede Headband on Amazon

It's pretty easy to make a headband from some suede, but if you don't want to do that, then this suede headband will work well.

Fur Shoulder Cape, Boots and Embellishments

Faux Fur on Amazon

Astrid is probably wearing sheep fur rather than camels (since I've never heard of camels being with the Vikings).

Get a yard of the lighter fur to make her cape and to decorate the top of her boots and her arm warmers.

Use the darker fur to make her boots (or fur boot toppers)

Faux Fur Long Pile MONGOLIAN SHEEP LIGHT CAMEL Fabric / 64"W / Sold By the yard
Faux Fur Long Pile MONGOLIAN SHEEP LIGHT CAMEL Fabric / 64"W / Sold By the yard

Faux sheep fur is one option for making Astrid's cape and other embellishments.

 

Faux Fur Leg Warmers on Amazon

EH4231WL - Two-Tone Faux Fur Leg Warmers / Boot Covers / Boot Sleeves ( 4 Colors ) - Light brown/One Size
EH4231WL - Two-Tone Faux Fur Leg Warmers / Boot Covers / Boot Sleeves ( 4 Colors ) - Light brown/One Size

These faux fur leg warmers can also be used to recreate the leather boots, just add in some suede lacing.

Choose your color from light brown (shown), dark brown or black.

These are funky enough to wear even after Halloween.

 

Leather Embellished Battle Axe

A Fierce Viking Warrior Princess

Astrid from Dreamwork's How to Train Your Dragon on Facebook
Astrid from Dreamwork's How to Train Your Dragon on Facebook

Astrid shows her Fierceness. From Dreamworks Animation.

Battle Axe on Amazon

Rubies Costume Battle Axe with Collapsible Handle
Rubies Costume Battle Axe with Collapsible Handle

With a bit of leather embellishments, this costume battle axe will look like Astrid's.

 
Realeather Crafts Deerskin Lace, Saddle Tan
Realeather Crafts Deerskin Lace, Saddle Tan

Use the deerskin lace or cut wider strips of suede to wrap around the battle axe.

 

Making a Foam Battle Axe - Videos

Video tutorials that give you an idea how to use foam and broom handles to fashion a cosplay battle axe. You can also look at using foam for making swords and modify the technique for making a battle axe.

Making Astrid's Battle Axe

Several very clever people have made their own versions of Astrid's Battle Axe.

Astrid's Top and Leggings

Navy Blue Ladies Ankle Leggings, Made in USA
Navy Blue Ladies Ankle Leggings, Made in USA

Since you wear boots with this costume, you can get away with 3/4 length leggings.

Just add the knee patches and this part of the costume is done.

 

Gladiator-Inspired Skirt

Simplicity Biblical Sewing Pattern on Amazon

Simplicity Sewing Pattern 4213 Adult Costumes, A (XS-S-M-L-XL)
Simplicity Sewing Pattern 4213 Adult Costumes, A (XS-S-M-L-XL)

The Roman Gladiator costume comes with a leather belt that looks a lot like the top layer of Astrid's skirt.

 

McCall's Children's Biblical Pattern on eBay

Use the Roman Gladiator pattern as a template for Astrid's Viking skirt. Look for McCall's costume Biblical pattern M5905 or the adult version

More How to Make an Astrid Costume

Other ideas for making Astrid's costume. Some are for the original costume, some are for the current costume.

Pre-made Viking Costume

Viking Girl Costume on Amazon

These Viking Girl costume comes close to at least mimicking Astrid's costume.

Hildagaard Costume - Large/X-Large
Hildagaard Costume - Large/X-Large

This costume only comes with the dress.

You have to get the accessories (sword and shield) separately.

 
Kids Viking Toy Shield
Kids Viking Toy Shield

The shield that goes with the costume.

 

Viking Costume Accessories on Amazon

Accessorize Astrid's costume with an axe, shield and Viking helmet.

Viking Helmet Costume Accessory
Viking Helmet Costume Accessory

This Viking helmet is sized for adults.

Be sure to check the sizes of the helmets when ordering.

 
Child Viking Shield, Sword & Axe
Child Viking Shield, Sword & Axe

Accessorize with a viking shield, sword an single blade axe.

 

Viking Girl Astrid Costume on eBay

You can also find the Viking Girl costume on eBay.

Would you wear an Astrid Costume for Halloween?

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