How to make a child's pirate costume

Updated February 21, 2017

Making a child's pirate costume is a quick way to solve the trick-or-treating blues. Blockbuster movies have made pirates very popular recently, so even if your child was yearning after an expensive store-bought creation, a pirate outfit should go a long way toward restoring his spirits and he will be stomping around the deck shouting "Yo-Ho-Ho!" in no time. Learn how to make a child's pirate costume so that your little sailor can hit the high seas in search of candy as soon as possible.

Cut an eye patch out of the black felt. It can be as big or little as you want, but make sure it is at least as large as your child's eye.

Spray paint the shoebox black. The shoebox will be a treasure chest when you are done with the costume.

Dress your child in the black trousers, oversized shirt and boots. You should blouse out the shirt so it appears to be flowing and elegant. If the sleeves are too long, you can roll them up like a proper sailor or she can wear them "pirate-style"--too big because real pirates do not have mothers to help them pick out their clothes.

Thread a piece of yarn through both sides of the eye patch. Make sure the yarn is long enough to tie around the pirate's head.

Tie the eye patch on. Do not tie the knot so tightly that the felt presses against your child's eye.

Clip on the gold earring. If the earring pinches, place small wad of cotton in between the back of the earring and the ear.

Knot the red bandanna around your child's head. You can use it as a headband or cover their hair. This will also help hold the eye patch on.

Fill the shoebox with the costume jewellery. Your pirate can also use this to hold his candy when he goes trick-or-treating. Now, you and your pirate are ready to head out in search of tricks, treats and pirate treasure!


If you have time, you might want to decorate the treasure chest and bandanna with your child or practice pirate sayings like "yo-ho-ho," "walk the plank!" and "bombs away!"

Things You'll Need

  • Tight black trousers
  • Adult button-down white shirt
  • Boots
  • Red bandanna
  • Shoebox
  • Costume jewellery
  • Clip-on hoop earring
  • Yarn
  • Scissors
  • Black felt
  • Black spray paint
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