How to Make a Pirate Hat

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Avast! Prepare for International Talk Like a Pirate Day, for a costume party or just for some rollicking good play by making yourself a personalized pirate hat. Whether you opt for folding a paper tricorn or recycling felt headgear, you’ll be ready for adventure on the high seas.

Things You'll Need

  • Newspaper or newsprint
  • Tape or glue (optional)
  • Felt hat with rounded crown and 4-inch-wide brim
  • Chalk pencil
  • Awl or ice pick
  • 4 shoelaces

Nautical Newspaper Headgear

  • Tear or cut a 17-by-22-inch piece of newspaper or newsprint. For smaller children, a half-sheet of paper will do.

  • Fold the paper in half, matching the short sides to each other.

  • Bend the left-hand corner to the center and crease the fold.

  • Repeat the fold for the right-hand corner. You should have what looks like a large triangle with a rectangular band below it.

  • Open the bottom edge of the band and fold one side up onto the triangle.

  • Turn the hat over and fold up the remaining edge.

  • Add some tape or glue to hold the hat together, if you like.

Salvaged Swashbuckler Hat

  • Fold up the brim of your hat to meet the crown.

  • Mark the corners of a square on the upturned brim with the chalk pencil.

  • Punch holes through the brim and crown on the marked spots, using the awl or ice pick.

  • Cut the shoelaces in half, leaving the aglets, or ends, intact.

  • Thread the aglet of one lace through a pair of the holes, bringing it up from inside the crown, over the brim and back to the inside.

  • Tie a knot in the lace.

  • Repeat the lacing for the other two holes.

  • Turn the hat and fold up the brim on the opposite side.

  • Repeat the punching and lacing process.

Tips & Warnings

  • Add your own personality to your pirate’s hat with paint or stickers, along with a feather plume.

References

  • Photo Credit geniebird/iStock/Getty Images
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