How to … make a white cockade

The cockade was a symbol of the Jacobite cause, and was based on the white rose emblem of the Stuart dynasty.  Gentlemen would wear the cockade on their bonnets, and ladies might wear one in their hair or attached to their dresses.

Here are instructions on how to make your very own.  You will need:

  • 17 strips of white paper.  We made it with strips 2cm x 10 1/2cm (half the width of a piece of A4 paper).
  • 1 square of cardboard approx 3cm square.
  • Gluestick

1. Glue the edges of four strips of paper on to the four edges of the cardboard square.

2. Now bring the outer edge of each strip of paper  into the centre.  Glue down the edges in line with the inner edges that you have already glued.

3. Now repeat steps 1 and 2, but this time glue the strips across the corners of the cardboard square.

4. To make a double cockade, repeat steps 1-3 on top of the rosette you have already made.

5. Now take the last strip of paper and glue it together to make a ring.

6. Glue the ring, seam facing down, on to the centre of the cockade, covering the centre of the cardboard square.
Your cockade is now ready to be worn!

This craft activity is part of our Jacobites workshop, suitable for P4-7.   If you would like to book your class in to do this workshop, email or phone 01227 273047 or 01224 273048.

If you’ve used our instructions to make a white cockade, we’d love to hear from you.  Feel free to leave a comment on this post.



  1. I loved learning all about the White Cockade and how it was a white rose which was worn by Bonnie Prince Charlie on his bonnet to mark his attempt of reclaiming the throne of Britain for the House of Stuart.

    Keep up the good work P4. Hope you all enjoy your visit to Culloden Battlefield!!

  2. Thank you, I am making mine from white herring bone twill fabric, for my blue beret. Cheers from across the pond!

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