This Thanksgiving, add a dash of historical fun to your family festivities with a simple yet delightful paper Pilgrim Hat craft.
It’s a perfect activity to engage children in the holiday spirit and learn a bit about the first Thanksgiving. Follow along as we create a charming black paper Pilgrim Hat—just like the one my excited four-year-old sported at preschool, complete with a bright yellow buckle!
Pilgrim Hat Materials:
Here’s a list of materials that you’ll need to make this paper pilgrim hat.
- Black poster board or construction paper
- Yellow construction paper
- Glue or tape
- Stapler (optional for extra sturdiness)
- Step-by-Step Instructions:
How to Make a Pilgrim Hat
Step 1: Crafting the Hat’s Base
Measure and cut a large circle on the black poster board. This will be the brim of your Pilgrim Hat. Inside this circle, cut out a smaller circle just big enough to fit around your child’s head.
Step 2: Forming the Top
Cut a rectangle out of the same black poster board that is tall enough to resemble the top of the Pilgrim Hat. Roll this into a cylinder that fits within the hole of the brim and secure it with glue or staples.
Step 3: Attaching the Brim and Top
Attach the cylinder to the brim with glue or staples, making sure it’s centered for that iconic Pilgrim Hat look.
Step 4: The Finishing Touch – The Buckle
Cut out a small square from the yellow construction paper to mimic a gold buckle. Then, cut out a smaller square in the middle of it and affix this to the front of the hat’s cylinder with glue or tape.
Tips and Tricks:
Use a paper plate for an even easier brim. Just paint it black and cut the center out.
For a glossy finish, consider using black adhesive vinyl instead of poster board.
A paper fastener can help adjust the size of the hat’s top for different head sizes.
Fun Uses and Reuses:
These adorable Pilgrim Hats aren’t just for Thanksgiving dinner. Here are some fun ways to extend their use:
- Historical Role-play: Let kids act out the first Thanksgiving or use them in a school play.
- Thanksgiving Decor: Create a smaller version and use it as a festive table centerpiece.
- Memory Keepsakes: Write the date and your child’s name inside the brim before they outgrow it.
- Photo Booth Prop: Keep the hats for a family Thanksgiving photo booth next year.
Creating a paper Pilgrim Hat for kids is an easy and entertaining way to celebrate Thanksgiving while making memories. It’s amazing how a simple craft can turn into a day of learning and laughter. Don’t forget to capture the moment when your little one tries on their handcrafted hat—their joyous expression will be priceless!