Use duct tape, street clothes and a little cardboard to create this super easy, perfect for last-minute pirate costume for Halloween or a pirate birthday!
Print Project

Pirate Costume

Author: Amanda Formaro


  • White t-shirt
  • Red bandana
  • Black yarn
  • Cardboard or foam core board
  • Duct tape: silver black and red


  • Cut a sword shape from cardboard and cover it with silver duct tape.
  • Cut a handle (shaped like a “T”) from cardboard and cover it with black duct tape.
  • Attach the handle to the blade using duct tape.
  • Measure and cut two 4-inch strips of black duct tape. Layer one over the other slightly to create a small sheet.
  • Fold the sheet in half so that no sticky edges are showing.
  • Cut the double-sided sheet into a patch. Use another small piece of black tape to attach a length of yarn long enough to go around the child’s head.
  • To assemble the entire costume, dress child in dark pants and white t-shirt. Cover the shirt with red duct tape stripes.
  • Tie bandana around child’s head and tuck in any edges sticking out.
  • Tie eye patch around head.
  • Have child carry sword.