How to make a pirate's hat easily

Updated February 21, 2017

A pirate's hat is often a crucial accessory for dress-up games, make-believe activities, costume parties or Halloween. However, many pirate hat crafts are either too complex for kids or render a product that doesn't truly resemble a pirate's hat. On the other hand, most kids can complete the following craft with minimal help and supervision from adults. This design also gives kids enough creative space to add finishing decorative touches to the hat to truly to make it their own.

Cut a strip of black card stock at least 2 inches wide and long enough to encircle the hat wearer's head once. Wrap it around the head snugly, but not tightly. Secure it in an inconspicuous place with a piece of clear tape.

Visit the website Click on "Printables" and then click on "Cardboard pirate hat." Print out the template on white printer paper.

Cut out the template of the pirate's hat. Fold a piece of black card stock in half. Place the template on your folded piece of black card stock. Make sure the vertical axis of the right angle in the hat's template lines up with the crease in your folded card stock. Trace the template on your black card stock. Cut it out. Unfold the card stock; it will reveal your pirate hat.

Cut out the skull and cross bones from the template. Glue it on the centre of the pirate's hat. Decorate the remainder of the hat by gluing on sequins, glitter, beads, buttons or whatever you wish. Allow them to dry.

Dab a quarter-sized amount of glue on the back of your hat and press the front, middle portion of your headband onto it. Allow it to dry.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 sheets of black card stock
  • Scissors
  • Clear tape
  • Computer
  • Printer
  • White printer paper
  • Craft glue
  • Decorative items: sequins, beads, glitter, buttons, etc
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About the Author

Lane Cummings is originally from New York City. She attended the High School of Performing Arts in dance before receiving her Bachelor of Arts in literature and her Master of Arts in Russian literature at the University of Chicago. She has lived in St. Petersburg, Russia, where she lectured and studied Russian. She began writing professionally in 2004 for the "St. Petersburg Times."