Make a pirate eye patch for your kids or masquerade (halloween)...

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Halloween is coming up soon and maybe you or your kids are about to dress up as a pirate?

This is an easy instruction on how you make your own pirate eye patch out of old package cardboard (from an old souppackage, kellogs etc)...
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Step 1: Draw your eye patch on the board...

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Use a pen and draw the shape of your eye patch. Don't make it to small. It's easy to make it smaller later on...

Step 2: Cut it out...

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Use a pair of scissors and cut out your shape.
As you can see in the picture, I changed my mind and cut it abit larger then I drew..

Step 3: Make a cut in the middle

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Since we want the eye patch to have a similar shape as a bought one, we need to make it bulge abit. To do this we are going to make a cut from the lower part, up to the center.

Step 4: Use a stapler to fix it.

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Next up we are going to bulge the cardboard by putting one edge over the other. If you want you can at this point use fast drying glue, but I preferred to use a stapler instead.

As you can see in the second image here, The corners are visible. Cut them of to make the shape even.

Step 5: Permanent marker or black paint, your choice.

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We're almost done now, but we need some nice black colour on the front first.
I used a black permanent marker pen but you can use any black paint aswell.

Step 6: A piece of elastic makes it stay on head.

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Let us make something that will keep the eye patch in place. Lets attach a piece of elastic.

First we need to cut out small holes on each side of the patch. Use a knive with a sharp end, but be careful so you don't tear the cardboard apart (slice through border).

My holes are ready.
Attach the elastic band on each side and you're done.
Preferably you could use a black piece of elastic instead of white (as I did since it was what I had at home atm)

Happy Halloween!

JakeC25 months ago

"my holes are ready" you could not have worded that worse...

JanisB111 months ago


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nal suhaim4 years ago
Love it :D
thank you .. it was simple,clear and helpful
 I love this. Awesome tips. Pirate eye patches are amazing!!
shinyegg5 years ago
Everyone needs an eyepatch. Thanks!!
wow, thanks!
ZOOBREAK5 years ago
whered you get the string
bowmaster6 years ago
Or you could be a ninja and not suck. I AM NINJA!!!!!!!!!!!!!
VogelYogel7 years ago
As a pirate meself, oi would advoise this ta me crew. Although, oi'd advoise usin' safety scissors, as they aren't too good wit' tharr hook-eye-coordinashin.
not to take away from this instructable, very nic eby the way, but it seems the materials needed, unless you already have them would cost more than just buying the eyepatch. last ahlloween at walmart, they had eye patches for 96 cents that came with a clipon earring.
skara207 years ago
this is awesome! i just made one for my Lucia Nahashi cosplay costume! awesome! now I don't have to look for an eyepatch to modify for this costume! yay thanks! lol y didnt i have the brains to think of this? this is the ultimate cosplay creativity flow i need to tap into...
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Ima_Pirate7 years ago
Yargh, good for the young'ns who want to be like Uncle Pirate. Can't be giving out my Human Leather eyepatches.
dijital1018 years ago
Uh, aren't eyepatches like 88 cents at wal-mart?
Remember the 3 Rs! Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
Hey! Don't waste that money!
Agreed. I like this!
Thank You very much for this instructable it will come in VERY handy near halloween. (author)  libarychick87 years ago
Thx a lot for your positive comment.
esotericguy7 years ago
this is just what i needed. for this halloween, i'm just gonna wear an eyepatch and carrying around a bunch of blank CD's. get it?
i did everything you said, but instead of wasting my ink, i used an old black binder and got the cardboard from there and used the black plastic cover to cover the cardboard and it turned out pretty well it looks sort of leathery. sorry i dont have any pictures because i have no digital camera anymore. my sister broke it.