DIY Pirate Costume – Crafts

How To Make A Pirate Costume

Ahoy, me hearties! Transform your little ones into bootlegged pirates with this hornswaggling DIY Pirate Costume crafts activity. Head on a swashbuckling pirates role play adventure and brush up on your pirates lingo for International Talk Like a Pirate Day! This fantastic pirate crafts idea is ideal for children aged 5-7 years old to spark their creativity and enjoy some imaginative play dress up. Time to walk the plank … Savvy?

Materials you will need:

To make the Pirate Hat, follow these simple instructions:

  1. Measure the child’s head circumference. Add 4cm to this figure and note it down.
  2. Take a large sheet of black card. Cut out a 5cm (2”) wide band of card (it should be as long as the previous measurement).
  3. Place the band of card around the child’s head and adjust for size. Remove the headband and staple to hold the shape.
  4. Take a sheet of black card and a white pencil. Sketch out the shape of the pirate hat. For the curved section you could draw around a small plate. Cut out the shape.
  5. Staple the pirate hat to the headband made earlier.
  6. Now, cut out a long thin strip of white card. Glue it along the bottom edge of the pirate hat. Cut out small squares of red card then stick them onto the white stripe.
  7. Trace the skull and crossbones image provided below onto a piece of white card and neatly cut it out.
  8. Go over the pencil lines with black pen.
  9. Cut out a headscarf in red and gold spotty paper and and eye patch in bronze paper for your skull. Glue everything in place.
  10. Mount the completed skull and crossbones onto the pirate hat with 3D sticky pads.

To make the Pirate Eye Patch, follow these simple instructions:

  1. Cut an eye patch shape out of black card.
  2. Use scissors to make a small slit in the top of the eye patch.
  3. Dab a little glue along the cut then overlap the edges and hold firmly until stuck. The eye patch will now be slightly convex.
  4. Cut a long length of gold elastic cord.
  5. To finish, tape (or glue) the cord to the back of the eye patch.

To make the Pirate Telescope, follow these simple instructions:

  1. Decorate the narrowest cardboard tube by covering with a sheet of black card. Staple it in position. Trim off any overhanging card with scissors.
  2. Next, cover the second tube with red card and secure in the same way.
  3. Fit the smallest tube inside the larger tube.
  4. Take a selection of card (holographic, corrugated and patterned) and cut it into thin strips. Use the strips to decorate the ends of the tubes.
  5. Cut out several triangles of corrugated card. Glue them around the top of the telescope to complete.

All hands hoay!


This great project has been supplied by Creative Steps – fun ideas for everyone caring for young children. Each issue of Creative Steps Magazine contains dozens of inspiring ideas and crafts to help you encourage learning through creative play.

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