Homemade Pilgrim Costumes

Have the children dress up in their homemade Thanksgiving Pilgrim costumes and read a Thanksgiving poem to family and friends between the Thanksgiving Feast and the delicious Thanksgiving desserts.

Homemade Pilgrim Boy’s Costume

What you need:

  • short black pants or sweat pants. (Buy a pair at a consignment shop if you don’t have old ones.)

What to do:

  • Cut the legs to look like knickers, just below the knee.
  • Add any type of long-sleeved black jersey.
  • Complete the costume with white tights or high white socks and black shoes.

Pilgrim Buckles

What you need:

  • yellow cardboard
  • glue
  • scissors

What to do:

  • Cut four rectangular pilgrim buckles from the yellow cardboard.
  • Remember to leave a cut-out in the center.
  • These buckles will be glued on the pilgrim hat, belt and shoes.

Pilgrim Collar and Cuffs

What you need:

  • white cardboard
  • yellow cardboard
  • Velcro circles
  • glue

What to do:

  • Have child look for pictures of Pilgrims and help design the collar and cuffs using the white cardboard.
  • Cut the pilgrim collar and cuffs from the cardboard.
  • Glue Velcro circles to hold in place.

Homemade Pilgrim Boy’s Hat

What you need:

  • black cardboard/paper
  • glue
  • circle template (plate, lid, or cardboard circle)
  • scissors
  • ruler

What to do:

  • Cut a circle that is approximately 6 inches wider than the child’s head (3 inches on each side)
  • Cut a circle out of the middle just large enough so that the “rim” circle will sit on child’s head
  • Cut a rectangle 1″ longer than the inner circle’s circumference and as high as you would like plus 1/2″
  • Overlap the edges (back of hat) and glue, allow to dry before continuing
  • Cut 1/2″ slits about 1/2″ apart on one edge that will go into the “rim” circle
  • Fold the 1/2″ pieces under the rim and glue, allow to dry
  • Cut a piece of cardboard for the hat band
  • Cut a piece of white cardboard for the buckle
  • Glue buckle onto band
  • Glue band onto hat

Pilgrim Girl’s Costume

What you need:

  • black clothing: Recycle a witch’s black dress or black top and skirt, black stockings, black shoes
  • white cardboard
  • Velcro circles
  • glue

What to do:

  • Make white cardboard cuffs same as the boy’s
  • Wear a plain white apron (can be made from two pieces of white felt)
  • Put them together with the dress, stockings, and shoes

Pilgrim Hat for Girls

What you need:

  • 12 x 18 piece of white paper
  • stapler or glue
  • white ribbon

What to do:

  • Fold the piece of paper in half the long way, then unfold it so you can see the crease.
  • Now fold up one side of the paper so the edge is even with the crease (folded up along the dotted line on the image below).
  • On the other side of the crease, cut two slits, evenly spaced going almost all the way to the crease.
  • Now punch a hole one each end of the folded half of the paper.
  • Cut 2 pieces of ribbon, about 15 inches long, and tie one end of each ribbon to the hole you punched.
  • The folded section will be the front/brim area of the hat and the ribbons can be tied under the chin or left hanging at the side of the head.
  • Find the 3 ‘flaps’ created by the slits you cut in the other half of the paper.
  • The 2 outside flaps are brought together under the middle flap.
  • Staple these 3 toghether and this will shape your finished bonnet.

Follow this link to Activity TV for a video on how to make a very similar homemade Pilgrim’s Hat.

Thanksgiving: Thanksgiving Costumes

Thanksgiving is a great holiday in which you can involve children in the preparations and celebration.  A great activity our children entertained our guests with was acting out a Thanksgiving story. Their grandmother would read the story while the children acted out the story dressed in Thanksgiving costumes.

This is a perfect way to complete your Pilgrim family, for the party. The Pilgrim girl costume features a poly/cotton dress with attached apron, tie back bib collar, and headpiece. The Pilgrim boy costume features a poly/cotton top, pants, hat and belt.

Colonial / Pilgrim Girl Child Deluxe Pilgrim Boy Child

What better way to celebrate the holiday than being the very people that the day of thanks is meant for. The Indian boy costume features a long sleeve top with fringe trim, pants with fringe trim from the knee down, and headband. The Indian girl costume features a faux suede dress with fringe detail trim and a headband with feather.

Indian Boy Child Costume Child Indian Princess Costume

Kids Pilgrim And Indian Costumes $15.99. Shop Now!

20 Simple Homemade Halloween Costumes

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50's Girl

It is past nine o’clock, the grandchildren are on their way home…probably sound asleep. Halloween is over for children who live on the East Coast of the USA. Trick or Treaters came early. The weather was pleasant, not too warm for those heavy costumes and not too cold for the costumes requiring less clothing. Kids stay warm running from house to house to get their next treat…before it is time to go home and the thrill of it is over until next year.

I am a high school teacher and am amazed at some of the creative homemade Halloween costumes the students parade throughout the day. I’m told that the younger children don’t dress up, it’s the teens that do. Everyone likes a chance to be a little kid again.

Here are some of the homemade Halloween costumes that I observed today in school and at our front door.

Guys dressed as…

  1. The Joker: his mom made him a coat and vest such as Joker’s, he wore a blue shirt and a patterned tie, baggy pants, and purple gloves. His face was decorated as that of The Joker’s with his hair worn combed back.
  2. a girl: wig, denim skirt, girl’s top and short jacket, heels, and makeup. He was actually very pretty!
  3. half alive and half dead: with his right side in a clean pressed suit and his left side in a dirty, torn suit with that same side of his face and hair ashen looking…as if he were a zombie on one side and alive on the other.
  4. an accident victim: t-shirt and torn jeans with fake blood splattered on his clothes, arms, face, and hair.
  5. a box upside: wear box upside down with openings for eyes. It was difficult for him to sit and do his work so he had to take it off during class.
  6. our Dean of Discipline: he kept in character all day. It was fun for all.
  7. an action figure: with self-made headpiece and shield. In fact, there were many action figures negotiating the halls.
  8. a female private school student: short plaid pleated skirt, white shirt tied at waist, tie loosened at neck with a few buttons left undone and under padding, knee socks and flats.
  9. a robot: He wore sandwich style two foil cookie sheets decorated with stickers and blinking reflectors and a helmet made of foil with reflectors.
  10. Kiss (musician): White and black makeup, T-shirt, and jeans


Gals dressed as…

  1. dead cheerleader: cheerleader outfit with torn stockings, fake blood, messed up hair, and white makeup.
  2. a box of munchkins: the bottom of a large munchkins box was cut out, the front flap had Styrofoam balls glued on with each decorated to look like a variety pack of munchkins. She even wore some on her head.
  3. a doctor and nurse with fake blood splattered on them: one carried a fake saw and the other carried a fake head.
  4. a pretty butterfly: with wings made of wire and stockings covered in colored glitter and glitter makeup on her cheeks. She wore a ballet leotard and tights with her wings.
  5. a waitress: carrying a fake head on a tray.
  6. a domino: made from cardboard painted solid black with white circles.
  7. a she devil: red dress, red shoes, and red horns with bright red lipstick and dark eye makeup.
  8. Hannah Montana: white knit pants, long white top, wide belt, gold jacket, boots (she had long blond hair).
  9. Sarah Palin: suit, glasses, hair pulled up carrying a McCain/Palin sign…walking around shaking everyone’s hand…and very into character.
  10. Tooth Fairy: wings made out of wire, fluffy trim, glitter, wearing a halo and white clothing…carrying a large tooth and large fake money.

Nana Finds…

Be creative and original. Find a way to make the costume unique, stand out from the others, and you’re sure to be a winner!