Homemade Toddler Pirate Costume

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Homemade Toddler Pirate Costume
Pirate costumes stimulate the imaginations of both toddlers and their parents. (pirate statue image by jimcox40 from Fotolia.com)

A pirate outfit is a popular costume choice for a toddler because it engages both his imagination and your creativity. Most or all of the elements can most likely be found in your toddler's closet and around the house. You can create accessories that complete the pirate look with regular craft supplies.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Pajama bottoms, shorts, capri pants, trousers or skirt
  • Tights
  • Boots
  • Button-up shirt
  • Vest or long coat
  • Sash or wide belt
  • Coloured paper
  • Tape
  • Hoop earrings, pierced or clip-on
  • Toddler sized bracelets
  • Toddler sized rings
  • Costume jewellery necklaces
  • Felt
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Feathers
  • Ribbon
  • Cardboard
  • Gold paint
  • Silver paint
  • Yarn
  • Hole punch

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    Decide what bottoms you want your toddler to wear. Red, black and white colour schemes and striped patterns are popular options for pirate costumes, but you may make whatever design choices you like. You can dress your toddler in trousers or authentic-looking pajama bottoms. If you'd like your toddler to wear shorts, capri pants or a skirt, you might want her to wear a pair of tights to add to the pirate look as well as keep her legs warm. Add dark-coloured boots to complete the ensemble for the lower half of the body.

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    Dress your toddler in a button-up shirt -- the more old-fashioned, the better. Preferably, the shirt should be a colour that coordinates with the trousers, skirt, or whatever type of clothing you picked out for the bottom half of the costume. Add a vest or a long coat to improve the overall look of the costume. Tie a sash or a wide belt with a large buckle around the waist. If you do not have a wide belt on hand, you can cut a long strip of coloured paper with an open circle for a buckle and tape it around your toddler's waist.

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    Add jewellery. If your toddler has pierced ears, put in hoop earrings. You can also use comfortable clip-on hoop earrings if you have them. Use small or toddler-sized bracelets and rings to create a more extravagant pirate look. You can also make bracelets and rings from strips of coloured paper. Measure your toddler's fingers and wrist. Cut out strips of coloured paper that are 1/4 inch larger than each measurement. Wrap each paper strip around your toddler's fingers and wrists and connect the ends of the paper with tape. You can also add costume jewellery necklaces to the pirate ensemble.

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    Tie a bandanna around your toddler's head. Another head covering option is to add a felt or plastic captain's hat. You can purchase one or make one out of felt. To make your own, measure the circumference of your toddler's head. Cut a strip of felt the same length as the circumference with a width that will be the height of the hat plus a 1cm seam allowance. Sew the ends together. Cut out a circle with the same circumference as your toddler's head plus a seam allowance. Sew this to one open end of the main hat body. To make your brim, cut out a large felt circle. Fold this circle into quarters. Measure the diameter of your circular main hat body, divide it by half, then subtract 4cm. Cut an arc out of the corner of the folded brim using the measurement you derived. Sew the brim to the main hat body. Fold up three sections of the brim and sew them to the sides of the main body. Secure ribbons, feathers or any other embellishments you like to the hat with a needle and thread.

  5. 5

    Draw a toddler-sized pirate sword shape on a piece of cardboard. Cut this out for another seafaring accessory for your toddler's costume. Paint the blade section silver and the handle section gold for an added touch.

  6. 6

    Make an eye patch to complement the pirate costume. Cut out a semicircle of coloured paper that will cover the area around your toddler's eye. Punch two holes in the corners near the flat side of the semicircle. Cut a piece of yarn slightly longer than the circumference of your child's head. Run the yarn through the holes and tie the ends together.

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