How to Make a Pirate Eye Patch

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There is something about pirates that appeals to the male psyche. Whether it is the idea of a carefree life where he makes the rules or simply the excuse to behave unseemly, every little boy dreams of a being a pirate at one time or another. Halloween is the perfect time for him to act out his dreams. With a small section of cardboard cut from a cereal box, some black paint and a simple piece of elastic, you can make a quick pirate eye patch to add the finishing touch to your little guy's dream costume.

Things You'll Need

  • Thin cardboard
  • Black paint/permanent marker
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Thin black elastic
  • Stapler or glue
  • Dark makeup
  • Trace the shape of an eye patch onto a piece of thin cardboard. Cereal or cracker boxes are the right thickness. If you aren't sure what shape you need, use a pair of large lens sunglasses as a model. It is best to create a patch a little larger than you think you will need so that you have plenty of room for error and can easily adapt the size.

  • Cut out the eye patch, being sure to cut an smooth line all the way around the edge. Hold the patch in the position that it will be worn. Make a slit from the bottom of the eye patch to the center of the patch. Over lap the edges slightly to create a nice bulging eye patch. Glue or staple in place.

  • Paint the eye patch black. You can use acrylics or spray with an even coat of black spray paint. A black permanent marker will do fine, if no black paint is available. Be sure the patch has dried completely before finishing the project to avoid a black ring around the eye.

  • Punch two holes on opposite sides of the eye patch. Use a needle or the tip of a pair of scissors to make the hole. Use care not to rip the cardboard. Cut a section of black elastic to the appropriate length for your child and attach to the eye patch. The elastic should hold the eye patch snugly, but should not be uncomfortable for your child.

  • Complete the costume with a ragged bandanna, a pair of cut and frayed jeans and a long shirt with ragged shirt tails. Add a scraggly beard with dark makeup, if desired.

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