Thursday, November 27, 2008

FBO: 'How to Make a Pilgrim Hat'

Over the years, some stories in our world histories get exaggerated and amended beyond any recognition to the truth of the tale. One example that has NOT been changed is the fact that the first American pilgrims wore very interesting hats. Solid-gold or solid-silver, or some cheap proxy thereof, buckle in front of a gallon-top black-felt hat.

To tribute these heroes, the FBO recommends -- this Thanksgiving -- to make and wear a hat.

Here's how:


* 10x13" black construction paper
* 9x12" gray construction paper
* some tape, some glue


1. Cut a big oval out of the black construction paper.
2. Cut a strip of paper to make a band to put around the boy's head, tape it. Put that circle (slightly oval) on the paper to trace the inner circle. Then draw a circle around it. Leave about a 2" brim on 3 sides and about 4" on the "front".
3. Draw the trapezoid, and cut out the gray parts. (see photo)
4. Cut out a band and band and buckle out of gray paper.
5. Glue the hat band on the hat and then the buckle on top of the band.
6. Bend the hat piece up and try on the child.
7. You may need to adjust the opening to fit the individual child's head.
8. On the underneath side, apply tape to the two points where the hat bends. This will help reinforce the stress point, and hopefully prevent tearing.

Directions courtesy of

FBO Admin
Mobile/Semi-Permanent HQ -- Brooklyn, NY

1 comment:

pseudosu said...

Crap-- mine came out more like a buckle-y Stevie Nicks / Slash / T-pain hat... What went wrong??

Hey dude/s-- you've been featured (kind of) and linked over at my place. Great blog.

ps-- the "come on's" totally make it...