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How to Make a Paper Pilgrim Hat for Kids

Looking to make paper pilgrim hats for Thanksgiving day? This is a fun activity for the kids to do while the grown-ups are making the Thanksgiving meal. Growing up, we used brown paper bags for Indian costumes and made paper pilgrim hats for Thanksgiving. Yes, some will say it’s un-PC – blah, I know I know. Regardless, it’s what my childhood memories were made of. At our Thanksgiving meal, we have kids who are Indians and Pilgrims. 

If you are looking to make a paper pilgrim hat, I found an awesome tutorial. 

Make a Paper Pilgrim Hat for Kids

Leave it to Martha to show us how to make these adorable paper pilgrim hats for kids. This is an easy Thanksgiving DIY that you can do with your kids. 

DIY Paper Pilgrim Hat
how to make a paper pilgrim hat

The paper Martha uses is 19×25 drawing paper, though construction paper should work just fine. She also uses glue dots, because MARTHA. You could use hot glue, or tape just as well. 

Download Template

Here is the template to download


After you have download the paper pilgrim hat template, simply trace it onto your paper.

Cut and Glue

Next step for the DIY paper pilgrim hat is to cup and glue. First, cut out the buckle and cut out the silhouette of the hat. You will want to fold up the brim. 

Next, cut a headband and put the inside the fold of the brim – here is where the glue dote, tape, or what-have-you will come in. You want to glue the buckle onto the hat – above the brim and wrap your headband around the head. Secure it with the glue dot or tape. Or staples, just not while the kid is wearing it please. 

Click here for the complete tutorial. 

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