How to Make a Captain Jack Sparrow Hat

Written by kristle jones | 13/05/2017
How to Make a Captain Jack Sparrow Hat
You can use a newspaper to make Captain Jack Sparrow's hat. (newspaper image by Christopher Hall from

Make a Captain Jack Sparrow Hat at home to wear with a costume or just for fun. Captain Jack Sparrow, played by Johnny Depp, wears a tricorne style hat throughout the movie "Pirates of the Carribean." If you want to dress as the character for Halloween or just like the style of a tricorne hat, you can make one on your own using things you probably already have at home.

Cut the paper to size. Cut your newspaper piece in half (making it at least 12-by-15 inches in size) leaving a large rectangle shape for you to work with. The paper will need to be larger for an adult head or smaller for a child.

Create a triangle. Draw as large a triangle with a black sharpie as you can fit on the newspaper and then cut the triangle out of the paper. The triangle should have all the sides the same length and it should be large enough to fit around the bowl you will use in the next step.

Create the head piece. Use a plastic bowl as a paper mache mould for the head piece of the hat. You will place the triangle paper piece on the bowl and then coat it with a paper mache paste using your fingers or a paintbrush (DLT Kids suggests using 1 part flour and 1 part water). The very middle of the triangle should be on the top of the bowl and then form it from there. Allow to dry completely and then remove from the bowl.

Create the rolls. You should still have enough of the triangle left for folding. The parts that will be left will be the very end of the three tips of the triangle. Roll these three sides up and in toward the head piece and use hot glue to secure them in place.

Paint the entire hat brown just like Captain Jack Sparrow's.


Add a black haired dreadlock wig for an even more true-to-character feel.

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  • Add a black haired dreadlock wig for an even more true-to-character feel.

Things you need

  • Newspaper or large piece of paper
  • Sharpie
  • Scissors
  • Plastic bowl
  • Paper mache paste
  • Hot glue
  • Brown paint.

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