Thanksgiving Pilgrim and Indian Hats

Pilgrim Hats and Indian Headbands are a great craft for older kids to make and really bring Thanksgiving alive. There are many ways to make these hats, but for now, I’m going to show you how to make them out of paper as it’s so fun for kids to do themselves. If you want to make them for your kids, you could exchange the paper for fabric and sew or hot glue gun the pieces together.

For the Indian Headband:

Step 1:

With a sheet of card stock, cut a long band about 12 x 3 inches that, when wrapped around, will fit the size of your child’s head. Wrap around to the right size and adhere with PVA glue or strong packaging tape on the inside so it doesn’t show!

Step 2:

Print off my autumn leaves or create your own feathers, and cut to the size and the number of feathers you like. Be as creative as you like, paint and draw designs on your feathers and on the band. Adhere the feathers to the back of the headband with PVA glue. It’s really that simple! One feather looks great, but lots of feathers will resemble a chief!


For the Pilgrim Hat:

You’ll need:

2 sheets of black craft paper or card stock, 1 sheet of yellow and a bit of white typing paper, pva glue and some strong tape.

Step 1:

With the black craft paper, lay the two sheets on top of each other and cut out the shape of a hat. Tape them together from the inside.

 Step 2:

Add the white typing paper as a ‘band’ around the hat. You may need to tape a couple of pieces together to go all of the way around, depending on how large your child’s head is!

Step 3:

Add a ‘buckle’ with yellow craft paper.

Your hat is now ready to wear!



  1. Joan says:

    Love the hats! Happy Thanksgiving to those around your table, Meg.

  2. Olmosjt says:

    Oh my! What a wonderfully cute ppumkin craft!! And a brilliant one for toddlers (and babies!). Clever you! So hard to find lovely crafts for little hands! My two would ADORE this! I may just have to have a go!Thank you for linking up to Kids Get Crafty!!Maggy

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