Pilgrim Hat and Pilgrim Bonnet

There is still a little time to squeeze in a last arts and craft project for the kids this Thanksgiving.

A Girl’s Pilgrim Bonnet:

Age Guideline: 5 Years and Up
Time Required: 15 minutes (Does not include drying time)
The above age and time guidelines are estimates. This project can be modified to suit other ages and may take more or less time depending on your circumstances.

Materials Needed:

  • 12 x 18 Piece of White Paper
  • White Ribbon
  • Stapler
  • Scissors

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). On the other side of the crease, cut two slits, evenly spaced as shown in the image, going almost all the way to the center crease.

Now poke a hole on each end of the folded half of the paper portrayed by the dots on the image. Cut 2 pieces of ribbon, about 15-inches long, and tie one end of each ribbon to the hole you poked. 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.

Notice the “+” I made on 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 – imagine lining up all the +’s in the image. Staple these 3 together and this will form your finished bonnet!

Pilgrim Hat for Boys
Materials Needed:

  • * Paper Plate
  • * Glue
  • * Construction Paper

Instructions: Paint the paper plate black. Once the paint is dry, cut out the center of the paper plate. Leave the outside rim about 2 inches thick. Cut a piece of black construction paper to approximately 8 inches by 8 inches. Tape this into the circle you cut out of the paper plate so as much as possible sticks out through the top of the plate. Cut a 2 inch by 8 inch piece of white paper and glue it on the black paper where it meets the paper plate. Cut a rectangle shape out of yellow construction paper and glue it to the middle of the white strip as a buckle.


  1. Thank you so much for posting this! I only have 1/2 day but dying to figure out what to do after school & this is perfect.Great to see such a helpful resource for nannies.Professional NannyLinda D.philly suburbs

  2. Please consider doing a craft, story or something that honors the Native Americans (I have a Mayflower ancestor) without them we wouldn't have survived. Because nearly half of the 102 pilgrims died of starvation that first winter.It's a great lesson in Multiculturalism too. My theme last week with my charges was devoted to various tribes in particular the Wampanoag, Samoset and Squanto. I tried to shy away from the headbands and such (also my charge's preschool also did a huge focus on them and did that.) We learned about Three Sisters in particular.There is lots information one googles the term preschool lesson plan + Native Americans + Thanksgiving.

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