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Pirate Costume Accessories

Source: Martha Stewart Living Television


With their cutlasses drawn and gleaming, a parrot perched on their shoulder, and eyes alight with greed for doubloons and rum, pirates have long exerted a grip on our imagination -- especially when it comes time to choose a costume for Halloween.

Create pirate essentials like a tricornered hat, a belt buckle and hook, and pouch to hold looted treasure.


  • Corrugated cardboard

  • Foil Spray glue

  • Utility knife

  • Bone folder

  • Shoe polish

  • Large plastic cup

  • Black construction paper (22-inch-by-28-inch sheet)

  • String

  • Scissors

  • Hole punch

  • Black masking tape

  • Black string or twine

  • 2 pieces distressed faux leather, vinyl, or oil cloth measuring 10 inches by 34 inches

  • Can

  • Fabric marker


  1. Print the buckle and hook templates and cut out the shapes. Trace them onto the cardboard and cut them out.

  2. Lay down a piece of foil, matte side down, and spray with glue. Let it sit for at least 5 minutes. Lay the cardboard shape onto the foil and trace around the shape with the knife, leaving some foil to fold over the edges. Use a bone folder to press the edges down and smooth them out. Repeat on the opposite side. To give the buckle and hook a tarnished look, apply a bit of dark shoe polish.

  3. To finish the hook, choose a plastic cup that fits comfortably over your hand. Cut a slit in the bottom of the cup with the utility knife that's large enough to hold the base of the hook. Insert the hook through the slit, slide the cup over your hand, and hold the hook from the inside to keep it in place.

    You can also use the same technique to fashion a cutlass. Faux-leather or black electrical tape makes a perfect handle.

  4. Begin by creating the hat brim. Fashion a compass with a pencil and string. Tie one end of the string near the tip of the pencil, and tie a knot in the string 9 inches from the pencil.

  5. Lay down the construction paper, hold the knot in the center of the paper, and draw a circle. Shorten string to 3 inches and draw another circle in the middle of the first. Cut out the 2 circles.

  6. For the hat crown, cut a strip of construction paper about 3 1/2 inches wide and long enough to wrap comfortably around your head. Wrap the strip around your head and staple the paper to hold the circumference.

  7. Place the crown around the cut-out middle circle and trace it. Cut notches along the inside up to the traced line. Fold the notches so they hold the crown in place. Secure the notches with black masking tape.

  8. Visualize the hat in thirds and, with a pencil, mark 3 points on the edge of the brim, about 1/8 inch from the edge. Fold up the hat brim, one hole at a time, and create a matching hole on the top of the crown. Pass a piece of twine through both holes and tie. Repeat until all 3 sides are done.

  9. Print the template and cut out the shapes. Working on the wrong side of the material, measure and draw the L-shapes with a fabric marker. The pouch should be about 10 inches high and the strap 3 inches wide. Make sure to angle the top of the straps as shown in the diagram. Use the can to create curves along the bottom.

  10. Cut out the 2 L-shapes. Pin the shapes together, right side up, into the shape of a pouch. Using a hole punch, place holes about 3/4 inch apart.

  11. Whipstitch the pouch together with the waxed twine. Tie a knot, then double or triple loop the string around the first hole to secure it. Slide the buckle onto the strap, and whipstitch it shut.

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