Cheap Homemade Ship Wreaked Pirate Costume

Pirates have become very popular over the last few years, especially after Johnny Depp's portrayal of Capt. Jack Sparrow in Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean" trilogy. Make your pirate costume stand out from the crowd by portraying a swashbuckler who has been left on a deserted island. It is an inexpensive costume to construct, and is an option for children and adults.

Main Costume

Bring together all of the normal components of a pirate costume. These include the main pieces of the outfit, such as an oversized white shirt, a pair of black trousers, an oversized belt and a pair of knee-high boots. To save a little money, try purchasing these items at thrift stores or raid your family or friends' closets and inquire if they have any clothing they don't mind donating to your costume.

Achieve a Shipwrecked Appearance

To make it appear as if you have been shipwrecked on a deserted island for some time, take all the pieces you acquired and make them appear tattered and dirty. Cut holes into the shirt and trousers with a pair of scissors. You can also make the bottom edge of shirt look worn by cutting the bottom off unevenly. Make the clothing look more worn out by wrinkling it and rubbing it with a few handfuls of dirt.


Make your appearance more dishevelled by wearing your hair very messily. Men can also either wear a long beard or use face paint and give the appearance of a five o'clock shadow. Both men and women can rub some dirt onto their faces and hands. Accessorise with an eye patch, a single hoop earring, and an artificial parrot. Make your parrot appear as shipwrecked as you by cutting away at its feathers, if possible, and rubbing it down with a little dirt.

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Residing in Chippewa Falls, Wis., Jaimie Zinski has been writing since 2009. Specializing in pop culture, film and television, her work appears on Star Reviews and various other websites. Zinski is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in history at the University of Wisconsin.