How to Make a Pirate Costume

Brooke Chateauneuf
Sept. 28, 2012

As a part of the Halloween costume series, here's how to transform your child into a yo-ho-ho-ing pirate.

It's a pirate's life indeed for your child this Halloween. This pirate costume is easy and includes everything necessary to take on the high seas.


  • 12-inch x 24-inch piece of cardboard (black, if possible)
  • Scissors
  • Tin foil
  • 8-inch x 11-inch sheet of black felt
  • Hot glue gun
  • Black or brown T-shirt
  • Black or brown sweatpants
  • Oversized long-sleeved white button-down shirt
  • Black belt with gold buckle (optional)
  • Boots
  • Red handkerchief (or stretchy fabric cut to size of your child?s head, about 16-inch x 24-inch to have excess hanging)
  • 16-inch piece of black string (or enough to fit comfortable around your child?s head)
  • Black face paint or eyeliner

Step 1: Trace and cut out a pirate sword shape from cardboard. Wrap the "blade" in tin foil.

Step 2: For the eye patch, take the black felt and draw a half-circle u-shape that would cover your child's eye. Next, measure the black string to fit around your child's head and tie the ends together. Using hot glue gun, attach the felt cutout to the knotted part of the string.

Step 3: Cut t-shirt in a straight line down the middle, and then cut off sleeves at the seam, to create a vest. Cut sweat pants bottoms in a zigzag pattern so they fall to your child's mid-calf.

Step 4: Put on outfit: shirt, pants, vest and boots. Put eye patch over your child's head and tie the kerchief above it. Using black face paint or eyeliner, draw a swirly mustache on face.

For more costume ideas, check out these 48 Easy DIY Halloween Costume Ideas in 4 Steps or Less.

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