How to Make a Yarn Wig

Last year my son wanted to be Captain Jack, from Pirates of the Caribbean. I don’t like buying a costume, so I did some research and realized we could create his own costume for almost no money. The biggest concern for my son as the hair.  He didn’t realize I knew how to make a yarn wig!  We had to make sure the hair turned out cool enough for the greatest pirate captain ever – Captain Jack! All three of my kids were quite impressed with how I was able to turn a skein of black yarn into an impressive pirates wig.

How to make a yarn wig

The most important thing to remember when making a yarn wig is to not wrap it too tight. You are going to need to wrap the yarn around 2 fixed objects – I used our treadmill. You can also use someone’s arms but they do tend to get a bit bored standing there.

Once you have the thickness you are wanting, you sew/tie/weave a seam down the middle. You can just make a single tie around the middle if you prefer. I chose to weave the black yarn through many times so I would have an actual hair line seam to put over his head.

Cut the loops on each end and remove it from the treadmill handles.

For Captain Jack’s hair, we needed to add a few feathers and beads to the sides. If you needed a neater wig, you could trim all the edges.

Putting it all together:

  • I added a bandana
  • mascara mustache,
  • white tattered shirt that I picked up at Goodwill (I cut it really raggedy and uneven)
  • Pant were from an Indiana Jones costume several years back
  • Black boots were from a Mulan soldier costume that I found at Goodwill years ago.  I turned them wrong side out so they were just solid black.

We all agreed that this wig was quite convincing as Captain Jack’s hair!  What do you think?

Have you ever made wigs out of yarn? Got any tips to add? Isn’t it fun when you can pull off an impressive costume with almost no money? My kids were super impressed and I was satisfied.

About Sharon Williams

Sharon Williams is a mom of 3 who loves to read, travel, take pictures, work in the flowers and spend time with family. When she's not blogging, she's probably out enjoying life so she'll have something fun to blog about tomorrow!


  1. says

    I think I will try this with my oldest son. I will be using his arm to see how long he will stand there and let me torture him, lol. I have to make him a costume for school, this looks easy enough that I can do it!

  2. says

    Your pictures crack me up! Your son looks great, the wig is very convincing, and very FULL – no need for volumizing shampoo there 😉 Your never-ending crafting skills are impressive! I duck taped over old shoes last night for Halloween and was feeling good about it, until now 😉 haha

    • says

      You’re too funny Crista! Pictures please of the duck taped shoes!!! I want to see! If you think the wig is impressive, just wait till you see the costume I finished up today! I thought it was going to drive me over the edge!!! My son was NOT impressed with my work when he got home from school but after about 3 hours last night – he is convinced I’m a master costume maker! lol

  3. says

    Yarn wigs are great. When I was in preschool my mom made me a Rapunzel wig out of several different shades of yellow yarn. She wrapped it between two chairs to get it to the right length. Your Captain Jack Sparrow looks awesome!


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