Easy and Adorable Pirate Craft for Kids

pirate craft for kids

Ahoy, Matey!! It’s a pirate life for us all week. We’ve been gearing up for the Children’s Gasparilla Parade that takes place this Saturday, January 18th. It’s a huge celebration that takes place yearly in Tampa, Florida. Today, I have a fun project that was inspired by Finding Debra’s paper plate pirate craft. Hope you enjoy making this easy and adorable pirate craft with your kids. Check out all the details below!

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Supplies for Pirate Craft


  1. First, download, print and cut the circle template. Trace the large circle template on the red, white and skin tone color cardstocks then cut.
  2. Next, fold the red circle in half and cut. After that, glue one half of the red circle at the top of the pirate’s head to create the pirate head scarf.
  3. Cut out 2 small strips from red cardstock paper then cut the ends at an angle. Glue one strip on the outer edge of the right side of the scarf. Glue the second strip at an angle to the right of the first one. These will form the “ties” for the scarf. See picture below.
  4. Use the small circle template to trace 5-6 circles on white cardstock then cut. You can also use a 1/2 inch circle punch or Cricut to make the small circles.
  5. Glue the circles to the red scarf to resemble polka dots.
  6. Download and print the pirate facial features template. You can trace them on black and red cardstock then cut.
  7. Glue the eyebrows right under the scarf then glue the googly eyes underneath the eyebrows.
  8. For the nose, glue the small red rhinestone or pom pom onto the face.
  9. Cut the mustache in half then glue the pieces under the nose. See picture below.
  10. Glue the smile under the mustache.
  11. Use the black marker to make dots at the bottom of the face to create a beard.
  12. Cut the white circle in half then glue the pirate face at the top of the half circle to create the shirt.
  13. Finally, cut out half inch strips of paper from blue cardstock. Make sure they are at least as long as the widest section of the pirate’s shirt. Glue the blue strips onto the white half circle to resemble a striped shirt. Cut off any excess paper. However, it may be easier for kids to cut the blue strips in different length before gluing it to the white half circle.

The original pirate craft called for paper plates, but I didn’t have any at home. Therefore, I decided to use only cardstock. We also added a beard to our little pirate because my son thought it was cool. He didn’t complete the steps in the exact order, but it turned out great. The only thing that matters is your child having fun while creating this pirate craft.

This pirate craft was a great way to get my son excited about the Children’s Gasparilla Parade. You can also make these adorable pirates at school or home. They are perfect for International Talk Like a Pirate Day on September 19 as well as pirate themed birthday celebration.

Watch the video below to see how I made this adorable pirate craft to celebrate Gasparilla. Make sure to follow me on YouTube for more fun content!

If you’re looking for pirate-themed digital products, order this activity bundle from my Etsy shop. Thank you for your support!

printable pirate activity sheets

You can find these adorable books about pirates on Amazon (As an Amazon Associate, I’ll earn a commission, at no additional cost to you. This only applies if you click through and make a purchase. Thank you for your support!), your local library or visit a local book shop.

Looking for more pirate crafts as well as DIY projects and activities? Check out these fun ideas below to celebrate Gasparilla, Halloween or Talk Like a Pirate Day.

Free pirate coloring pages for kids

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