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Super simple DIY Pilgrim hats - fun project for the grandparents to do with the kids while you're cooking the feast!

Thanksgiving Day Craft: DIY Pilgrim Hats

One big holiday down, two to go!  Today Janssen is here with a classic Thanksgiving craft that takes me back to my own days spent at the kids table.  This one is simple, inexpensive, and can be used both for craft time and dramatic play afterward!  

This year I think I might get all the supplies ready for the grandmas to make these with the kids while I’m working on Thanksgiving dinner.  They both love bonding with the kids and who doesn’t appreciate the ease of not having to think up of a kid-friendly activity?

When I’m making play costumes for holidays, I want them to be inexpensive and easy to make. This project uses one sheet of black poster board to make two pilgrim hats. Considering I bought my poster board at Target for 99 cents, that was a price I could feel pretty comfortable with.


  • Black poster board
  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • White printer paper
  • Gold paint
  • Paintbrush


Lay your poster board on the floor and use a dinner plate to trace two circles at the narrow bottom of the poster board.


Cut them out, then cut a circle out of the middle, so you have a two-inch ring (you can make it bigger or smaller depending on your child’s head size).

Cut the excess poster board from the circles off so you have a rectangle again, then cut that into two horizontal strips (each piece will make the body of one hat).

Wrap the strip into a cone (wide enough at the bottom to fit the inside of your poster board ring and narrower at the top) and tape shut.


Trim the bottom so it’s even, then tape it in place, so the ring is around the bottom edge.


Trim the top so it’s straight, too (you’ll probably want to cut off about 2-3 inches to keep it from looking like a stovepipe hat, unless it’s President’s Day, in which case, leave it tall like Lincoln!).


Cut two strips of white printer paper, about 1 1/2 inches wide and tape them around the bottom edge of the hat like a ribbon.

Use the poster board scraps to cut out a square buckle, paint it gold, then tape it in place. You are ready for a Thanksgiving feast!



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Janssen is a former librarian and avid reader who is always maxing out her library card. She now stays at home with her two-year-old daughter (with another girl on the way) and blogs about books for readers of all ages, her favorite recipes, and parenting adventures at Everyday Reading.