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How to Make a Pirate Costume

Prepare for adventure on the high seas by making your very own pirate costume.


  • Step 1: Fold the sides of the hat’s brim so that they create a point in the front and staple the sides of the brim in place.
  • TIP: Wear a red bandana around your head underneath the hat.
  • Step 2: Cut the bottom the pant legs off just below the knees. Make the cut as jagged as possible, and pull at the loose threads to create a tattered look.
  • Step 3: Wear an oversized white shirt with long sleeves and a collar.
  • Step 4: Add a wide black or brown belt with a large buckle.
  • Step 5: Don a pair of tall brown or black boots to wear with the costume.
  • Step 6: Accessorize with costume jewelry, a hoop earring, a stuffed parrot for your shoulder, an eye patch, and a sword to give your pirate costume character.
  • FACT: In 2008 there were 293 pirate attacks worldwide.

You Will Need

  • A hat with a wide brim
  • A stapler
  • Black or brown drawstring pants
  • An oversized white shirt
  • Black or brown boots
  • Costume jewelry
  • A hoop earring
  • A stuffed parrot
  • An eye patch
  • A toy sword
  • A red bandana (optional)

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