Ghillie Blanket!

A ghillie suit can be the perfect camouflage for one person, but what if you have multiple people, like children? What if you need to be able to make your whole family melt into your surroundings fast, leaving no trace? What if we were to fashion a ghillie blanket?

Ghillie Blanket!

Being the prepper dad that I am, I am always trying to come up with new innovative ideas to give me an edge in protecting my family. One of my big fears is being pursued with small children in tow and needing to disappear fast.

ghillie blanket, ghillie suit, ghillie tarp, camouflageOne day one of my Amazon recommendations was a Ghillie Suit. Then it hit me!

What if I make a Ghillie Blanket?

A ghillie blanket should be large enough to drape over us and allow us to melt into tall grass or forest vegetation.

I started looking into Ghillie Blankets, and realized there weren’t too many out there. A couple of the commercial ghillie blankets looked decent, but I think I can make two for the price of one the one of the pre-made ones.

Now that I had a concept in mind, it should be trivial to make it.

A good base to start with would be some burlap. Camoflauge burlap would give you a nice camouflage base to start with, further adding to your stealth. Even a Mossy Oak brand of camouflage burlap is available.

The Camo Burlap already does a pretty good job of camouflaging items, but to really make it effective you’ll want to add some Ghillie strips to it. A ghillie suit kit or two should provide plenty of ghillie strips and strings to fasten to the burlap blanket.

Once all the strips and strings are all tied on to the burlap, take it out and roll it around in some dirt, mud, leaves and get some foliage tangled into it.

Scenes from "Robin Hood Prince of Thieves"
Scenes from “Robin Hood Prince of Thieves”

If you remember the movie “Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves” and the forest ambush scene (1:09:28), where the Merry-Men abduct Friar Tuck, then you’ve already seen the Ghillie Blanket concept in action.

Hi-Tech Avoidance

This setup, if done right, should allow you to hide from the naked eye, but what about technical surveillance, like thermal imaging (drones, FLIR cameras, and thermal imaging rifle scopes)?

To try and negate the heat signature, one could fasten an Olive Green All Weather (Heavy Duty) Space Blanket, shiny side down, to the Ghillie blanket.

If you plan of fleeing or bugging out solo, then a ghillie suit might be the perfect camouflage for you, but if you have children or a small group you might want to fashion a few ghillie blankets!


  1. This is an excellent post and a stupendous idea. My 7-year-old grandson was given his own Ghillie suit. He startles me now and then by wearing it without warning me. It works perfect in our forest. The dogs are wary around the suit and the cats hiss. That’s just the fun and funny part. The good part is that one’s young ones would be more safe in a survival situation. Kudos John B.

  2. You might consider doing both sides of the blanket so you can better match the area — one greener and one browner, for instance. Then perhaps seal it up in a vacuum seal bag to reduce bulk.


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