I found paper plate pirates all over the internet. I used a combination of all of the ideas I found.
First we colored the plates peach or brown. Then we glued on the red hat (to make the hat I cut a paper plate in half and used it as a pattern). Then we glued on the black eye patch (3 X 2 1/2 rectangles). Next came the wiggle eye and mouth, nose, and strap of the eye patch. We finished the project up by gluing on the ties (1 X 3) and finger painting white polka dots on the hat.