So your child wants to dress up as a pirate for Halloween, or maybe he just wants to go sailing the Seven Seas in a cardboard box in the living room. Whatever the occasion, there's no need to go purchase an expensive costume. Instead, make a believable pirate costume out of everyday items you can likely find at home.
Find a white shirt, preferably with long sleeves. Have you seen the Seinfeld episode where Jerry wears the puffy white shirt? That's what you're looking for; if you can't find one just like that, any white shirt will do.
Find some black pants — the older, the better. You want to cut up the bottom of the legs a bit so they look old and scraggly. If they are too big in the waist, no problems. Tie a scarf around your child's waist. A red scarf will work great for a pirate costume, but you can use any scarf to keep the pirate pants in place.
Cut an eye patch shape out of black fabric. Paint a skull-and-crossbones on the front. Glue a long ribbon onto it; the ribbon should be long enough to tie around the child's head.
Tie a bandanna around your child's head. If you happen to have a tricorn pirate hat lying around, that works too. Most people don't, though, so a bandanna works just fine.
Now it is time to accessorize your pirate. Stuffed animal parrots or monkeys are great animals to have along on a pirate ship. A toy chest filled with parade beads makes a great buried treasure or pirate booty.
How to Make an Easy Child's Colonial ...
How to Make a Nurse Costume for a ...
How to Make a Toga Costume for a Kids' ...
How to Make a Homemade Kid's Fireman ...
What Clothes Look Good With Red ...
How to Pack a Sweater
How to Make a Helghast Costume
How to Cut Up a Shirt for the Gym
Instructions for Sewing a Dashiki
How to Detect Sperm on Clothes
How to Wash Collar Stains on a Leather ...
How to Give a Sweatshirt an ...
How to Care for Berets
How to Tie a Western-Style Bandana
How to Get Dried Gum Off of Black Pants
Can the Neck Be Exfoliated?
How to Clean Sweaty Fitted Hats
How to Make Gothic Clothes
How to Put on Cowboy Hat Bands
How to Stretch Out Cutoffs
- No need to find shoes or boots for your little pirate. Walking the deck of a pirate ship is more comfortable in bare feet.
- Be sure your little pirate has no problems walking around with one eye covered with a patch as his depth perception may be a little off.
Rebekah Martin is a freelance writer and tutor. Her work has appeared in various online publications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Mississippi College. Martin teaches her young children at home and also teaches Sunday School to preschoolers.
Thomas Northcut/Lifesize/Getty Images