Paper Pilgrim Bonnet

Create this easy paper pilgrim bonnet to wear on Thanksgiving.
Paper Pilgrim Bonnet craft


  • 12" x 18" white paper
  • Ribbon or string
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Hole punch
  • Stapler
  • Scotch tape

Safety Tips

  • Keep the stapler out of young children's reach.
  • Watch out for this sign Ask for an adult's help.. It means adult help is needed for the particular step.


Step 1 Paper Pilgrim Bonnet craft 1. Prepare a sheet of 12- x 18-inch white paper. Position it horizontally on a flat surface.
Step 2 Paper Pilgrim Bonnet craft Ask for an adult's help.2. Using a ruler and a pencil, draw 3 lines on your paper following the diagram. Click the image to get a better view of the measurements.

The first line is a horizontal line 2 inches from the top edge of the paper. The next two are a pair of 3-inch vertical lines at the bottom edge of the paper. Each vertical line is 7 inches from the paper's side edge and the pair of lines are 4 inches apart.
Step 3 Paper Pilgrim Bonnet craft 3. Punch a pair of holes right below the horizontal line. Each hole should be close to the paper's side edge.
Step 4 Paper Pilgrim Bonnet craft 4. Fold the paper along the horizontal line to create a top flap.
Step 5 Paper Pilgrim Bonnet craft 5. Cut ribbon or string into a pair of 10- to 12-inch long pieces. Make a large knot on one end of each ribbon or string.
Step 6 Paper Pilgrim Bonnet craft Ask for an adult's help.6. Unfold the top flap. Insert a ribbon or string through one of the holes and pull until the knot is close to the hole. Staple or tape the knot in place. Similarly position the other ribbon or string on the opposite hole.
Step 7 Paper Pilgrim Bonnet craft 7. Apply glue along the top edge of the flap. Fold the flap down and press along the edges to glue it in place. The knots on the ribbons should be nicely hidden inside the flap.
Step 8 Paper Pilgrim Bonnet craft 8. Cut along the pair of vertical lines. This should create three flaps—two side flaps and a middle one. Fold down the middle flap.
Step 9 Paper Pilgrim Bonnet craft 9. Bring one side flap towards the middle flap.
Step 10 Paper Pilgrim Bonnet craft 10. Glue the side flap in place. Notice how the top edge of the side flap is aligned with the crease on the middle flap.
Step 11 Paper Pilgrim Bonnet craft 11. Likewise bring the other side flap towards the middle and glue it in place.
Step 12 Paper Pilgrim Bonnet craft 12. Gluing the side flaps onto the middle creates the final shape of your bonnet.
Step 13 Paper Pilgrim Bonnet craft 13. For safety, put tape over the staple wires that show on the inside corners of your bonnet.
Step 14 Paper Pilgrim Bonnet craft 14. Now try it on! Tie the ribbons together under your chin to keep the hat in place.

Wear your awesome paper bonnet to a Thanksgiving dinner or use it as part of a pilgrim costume.