Thanksgiving is an iconic holiday that marks the beginning of the festive season, and just like with every other major date, thanksgiving has a number of iconic symbols that people have been associating with it for a really long time now. Pilgrim hats, also known as traveller’s hats or cockle hats are an integral part of thanksgiving history, these hats have a pretty unique look to them and are still worn by some in order to celebrate the spirit of thanksgiving. If you are planning on having a thanksgiving party or you simply want to amplify the holiday vibe then you can make these hats on your own.
Pilgrim hats are quite easy to make, there are several guides on the internet that will provide you with step by step instructions on how to make pilgrim hats, but the most common and simplest method is the one that involves using thick cardboard paper or heavy sock paper. To make pilgrim hats out of these two types of paper, all you will need is some glue, bindings, a hole punch, some ribbons, and a ruler for taking measurements.
Once you have everything ready, you can begin by tracing lines on the paper to indicate where you are going to make the cuts and folds. Make a horizontal line to indicate where you are going to fold the paper to make the frontal cuff of the hat, on the other side of the paper, make two parallel vertical lines of about 3 inches long, these will help you get the upturned scallop like brim shape that was used to symbolize that the wearer of the hat is travelling.
Now that you have drawn all your guidelines, take the hole punch and use it to make two holes on either side of the line cuff line, now fold the paper across the dotted line and run a ribbon through the holes that you punched. Use the vertical lines to figure out where to fold the back of the hat from to create the upturned back of the hat, to hold everything in place, apply glue dots along the folds and your hat should now be ready for use.
You can add more details to these hats by drawing patterns on them or by using multicolored ribbons, paper pilgrim hats can be hung from your ceiling, placed on shelves or can even be worn. They can look especially wonderful when worn by children, couple them with the male version of the pilgrim hat (which is also pretty easy to make) and you can have a superb thanksgiving party.
Thanksgiving crafts are one of the most fun thing about thanksgiving for many, adorning your home with self-made decorations really helps one get in touch with the festive season and also helps spread the feeling of joy to others around them. Start planning your decorations so that when the times come everything is ready and set to go.