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Make Your Own Pirate Costume - DIY Halloween Costume Ideas - Homemade How To

Updated on September 13, 2017
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How To Make An Adult Or Child's Pirate Costume For Halloween

Your pirate costume can be a simple t-shirt with duct tape stripes or it can be an elegant brocade jacket with a flowing poet shirt paired with some black pants and boots. It's up to you how much time and effort (and expense) you want to put into your Halloween outfit. Whatever kind of pirate costume you'd like to make you will find the how to's on this page. You can make this costume for yourself, for your husband, or for your kids...or make a group costume, one for everyone.


Super Easy Pirate Costume Idea For Kids and Adults

Crafts by Amanda gives us this very easy to make pirate costume and she even tells you how to make a cutlass (pirate sword) out of cardboard and duct tape. There's a picture tutorial for you to follow and all you need is a:

  • White T-shirt
  • Red Bandana
  • Black Yarn
  • Cardboard
  • Duct Tape - Red - Black - Silver

Just look at the picture up above to see how darn cute it comes out and it's easy peasy and cheap too! It's the perfect last minute outfit to put together for Halloween. I also found a short tutorial on how to make a no-sew eye patch.

How To Make An Eye Patch


Learn To Talk Like A Pirate:

Aye - yes

Ahoy - hello

Avast - stop

Bloody - very good

Doubloon - Spanish gold

Learn To Talk Like A Pirate

Here's a fun way to learn some pirate's a pirate's vocabulary cheat sheet and I found it at It's got about 80 words and phrases on it, so it will come in very handy in helping you get the lingo down to match your costume. Do you know what a blighter is? How about a blaggard? Shiver me timbers, Pieces of Eight, Dog Watch, or Davy Jones Locker...any of those phrases mean anything to you? No, probably not, but they will when you read over the cheat sheet.


The Jack Sparrow Costume Tutorial

That's a great picture of Jack Sparrow at the top of this page, isn't it? Have you looked it over and taken it apart to see what you will need to duplicate it? It's pretty simple if you have the clothing you need. If you don't you can look in a thrift store or consignment shop for some inexpensive items to help you make it. You will need:

  • Brown Pants
  • Vest
  • Loose Sleeved White Shirt (a poet shirt)
  • A Couple Belts With Big Buckles
  • Slouch Boots (The kind you can pull down would be perfect)
  • A Scarf
  • A Bandana
  • A Wig - if you like
  • Beads For Your Hair

Make the pants and vest look dirty and old. Put on the pants and the shirt. Let the shirt hang out. put the vest on and close it with a belt or two. Add a scarf and let it hang down in the front. Braid some beads into your wig or tie them to your bandana. If you decided to get a wig, put it on and wrap the bandana around your head. Play with your outfit until it hangs just the way you want it to.

If you have slouch boots (that's what I call the boots with the thigh high tops that fold down) wear them to complete the outfit. If you don't have boots, you might be able to throw on a pair of leg warmers or cut some socks and put them up by the top of your boot to add some thickness to the leg look. You can also find some boot covers in a costume store or online to wear and give your outfit the appearance of those slouchy pirate boots.

You can also get a pirate's tricorn hat - it is a hat that shaped like a triangle. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and find out how to make one using a woman's hat with a brim. That's one of the things you might find in the consignment or thrift shop, or on sale in Walmart or Target.

I love the large sleeve look of a white shirt but you can also use a striped t-shirt for your costume. Take a look at how the buckles and belts are everywhere - they can only enhance your costume and you can never have too many.


How To Make A Tricorn Pirate Hat


Okay Ladies, What Kind Of Pirate Costume Do You Want To Make?

Lady pirates can dress up and be glamorous or they can be scallywag's all up to you. What kind of pirate do you want to be this Halloween?

First, check your closet and see what you have to work with. Do you have a long, flared skirt? Do you have big, slouch boots? Do you have any belts with big buckles? How about a velvet jacket or a lacy and loose blouse?

Lady Pirate Costumes

Velvet or Brocade Jacket
Flared Skirt
Black Pants & Vest
Slouch or Heeled Boots
Dressy Vest
White or Red/White Striped Top
Lacy Frilly Poet Blouse
Loose Blouse
Flat Boots
Fabulous Feathered Tricorn Hat
Boots & Tricorn Hat
Tricorn Hat & Eye Patch
I found this costume look at theatrical dress
I found this costume look at theatrical dress | Source

This Video Makes It Easy To Make A Pirate Costume

This video shows you how to make a super easy, great looking pirate costume that can be worn by a man or by a woman. It is based on Johnny Depp's Jack Sparrow. It gives you great ideas on how to pay attention to the details. How to buckle and tie a leather belt on, how to hang your scarf, how to make boot tops from cardboard, and more. It's amazing how easy this woman makes it. There is also a second video on how to make a wig. You know, those dreadlocks Jack Sparrow sports and they are made with wig hair, glue and a hairdryer. This lady is so talented and she will help you immensely with her wonderful and creative ideas.

DIY Jack Sparrow Costume Guide - Cosplay Tutorial

How To Make A Pirate Wig


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