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How to make a Pilgrim Bonnet out of paper

Posted by  ·  November 4, 2010  ·  Last Updated: November 21, 2017

Make a Pilgrim Hat to celebrate Thanksgiving! It is a  simple Thanksgiving craft before eating or  have them ready made sitting at each place. I’ll have to make the hat for boys later! Today, it is all about the ladies!

Take a large piece of construction paper and cut following the picture.

Fold up the edge without the cuts 2 inches.

Next fold the side with the cute. Fold the middle piece down and bring the sides to the middle. Staple at the top and bottom or run a piece of tape up the back.

Tape or staple a piece of ribbon underneath the fold on the front on each side, making the ties.

Now we have some adorable Pilgrims!

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  1. Paula O'Neal
    Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017
    Love this easy hat that everyone will enjoy and make great thanksgiving picture memories both making and wearing!
  2. Priscilla
    Tuesday, November 17th, 2015
    Thank you I needed something fast and easy for my preschool class and this is so awesome and adorable Have a Blessed Holiday season
  3. Sunday, November 8th, 2015
    I love these paper Pilgrim bonnets! Thanks so much for sharing your idea. I'm including them in my Kids Thanksgiving Paper Craft Round-up!
  4. Awesome person
    Sunday, April 26th, 2015
    this was a huge help for my 5th grade live wax museum over the revolutionary war. Especially since I was molly pitcher!!!
  5. Karen
    Tuesday, May 13th, 2014
    I modified this for Little red riding hood. Thanks:)
  6. Elizabeth
    Sunday, December 1st, 2013
    Great idea just had a little trouble turning the two tab to the middle because it always turned out to be triangular maybe make that a little more clear but this helped a lot! Thanks!! :)
  7. Karin Griswold
    Friday, November 29th, 2013
    We are trying to make a family turkey dinner for our family of 5 adults and 2 grand kids. This àctivity made it fun instead of serious. WHat fun...native American music. In the background.
  8. Sherry
    Thursday, November 21st, 2013
    love it! exactly what I was looking for.
  9. Friday, November 15th, 2013
    Wonderful! I am doing a post on Thanksgiving traditions and I will add this as a link on my post.
  10. Amelia
    Sunday, November 10th, 2013
    Thank you . I needed one like this for a program in my church. May The Lord bless you.
  11. basketball rocks
    Thursday, February 7th, 2013
    thanks i needed this for a class project
  12. Elyn
    Tuesday, December 25th, 2012
    Thank you so much,I have looked everywhere trying to find a way to make a paper bonnet!!! i just made one, I love it.
    THANKS once again!
    The pictures helped me so much!
  13. Friday, November 16th, 2012
  14. MommyKat
    Thursday, November 15th, 2012
    Love it! Thank you! I have pinned it and am using it for the 2nd grade Thankful Feast.
  15. Amy
    Thursday, March 22nd, 2012
    Thanks so much! Great tutorial, so easy! I just made one for my daughter because at her school they are supposed to dress up like people from the 1870's. They spring this on me on Wed and they are suppose to dress up for fri, SHORT NOTICE! So this worked great as part of her ensemble ;)
  16. mandy
    Wednesday, February 9th, 2011
    My daughter came home today and said she needed a bonnet for a class play, we found your tutorial and thought it would be perfect. We made it in a jiffy and it turned out awesome! Love the idea!
  17. Sunday, November 7th, 2010
    thank you thank you! my daughter wants a pilgrims and indians bday party and these will be perfect!
  18. Saturday, November 6th, 2010
    This is cute! We needed a project for our thanksgiving field trip in a few weeks, and will be making 30 of these. Thanks for sharing!
  19. Beth
    Thursday, November 4th, 2010
    When I was in elementary school (more years ago than I care to admit, LOL!), we made these. But, instead of ribbon, we learned how to braid and created yarn braids for tying the bonnet on. This would add to the learning experience in making these for thanksgiving and maybe give mom a little extra cooking time!
  20. Thursday, November 4th, 2010
    This is great! I think I'll use it at our homeschool support group Thanksgiving party. Thank you!
  21. Clare C.
    Thursday, November 4th, 2010
    Too cute! I would love to use these for my preschool class. Can't want for the boy hat! Thanks!
  22. Thursday, November 4th, 2010
    totally adorable! When my girls were younger, one dressed as a Pilgrim and one dressed as an Indian every year for Thanksgiving. They will love this paper hat idea! Thanks for sharing.