Bodacious Pirate's Belt

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Bodacious Pirate's Belt
Total Time 1 hour Ages school-age

When you're outfitting a character as hip as Jack Sparrow, no ordinary belt will do. In fact, this fashion-blazing pirate donned two for good measure. The first was so long he had to tie it around himself. The second, no doubt his favorite, featured the fanciest of buckles and a strap adorned with zany doodads -- a chicken's foot included! Made from cardboard and paper, and adorned with choice treasures and trinkets, this snazzy belt is the perfect fit for the would-be pirate in your household.

Download Bodacious Pirate's Belt Template

What you'll need

  • Template for Bodacious Pirate Belt
  • Scissors
  • Craft knife
  • Thin cardboard
  • Pencil
  • Paper doily
  • Glue stick
  • Small container (for mixing paint and glue)
  • Black acrylic paint
  • White glue
  • Small paintbrush
  • Non-toxic gold leaf pen or paint
  • Black heavy-weight paper cut into strips or black paper ribbon*
  • A few trinkets
  • String
Helpful Tip:

If you don't have black paper, you can use another color and paint it.

How to make it

  1. Print the template and cut it out (use the craft knife to cut out the inner sections). Trace the template onto cardboard and then cut out the tracing.

  2. Step 2

    Cut strips from the ornate edges of the doily and glue the pieces onto the face of the buckle, as shown, leaving the center strip uncovered. Trim the edges of the doily flush with the buckle.

  3. Mix together 2 tablespoons or so of black paint and 1 tablespoon of white glue or Mod Podge. Paint the front and back of the doily-covered buckle. Let the paint dry completely.

  4. Brush the raised surfaces of the buckle with gold leaf and again let it dry.

  5. Step 5a

    For the strap, glue together strips of black paper or paper ribbon to create a belt that's 3-inches wide and about 4 feet long.

  6. Step 5b

    Fold the strap an inch from one end and glue the folded section around the center bar of the buckle, as shown.

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