Paper Plate Pirate – Crafts

How To Make a Paper Plate Pirate

Ahoy there! Let your little creative swashbucklers create their very own DIY Paper Plate Pirate with these easy to follow step-by-step instructions. Ideal for children aged 0-5 year olds. A great arts and crafts idea for International Talk Like a Pirate Day!

paper plate pirates crafts

Materials you will need:

To make this bootlegged Paper Plate Pirate, follow these simple instructions:

  1. Paint the paper plate with light brown paint.
  2. Cut a hat shape from black card and glue it onto the plate.
  3. Cut some hair from wool and tape it to the back of the hat (trim it with scissors or plait it if you prefer).
  4. Cut a skull and crossbones from white card, and glue it onto the hat.
  5. Cut an eye patch from black card and glue this onto the hat as well.
  6. Use paint (or a marker pen) to add features to the pirate’s face.

Alternative pirate craft ideas:

  • Make a pirate with different coloured skin and hair – perhaps a red handkerchief hat instead!
  • Looking for some pirate role play? Then turn your paper plate pirates into masks! Simply cut eye holes in the plates and tape some elastic to each side.

paper plate pirate crafts template


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.

We would love to see how you get on! Send us pictures of your masterpieces on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and don’t forget to use the hashtag #EYRhub.

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