DIY Cardboard Pirate Ship
Inspired by a recent trip to the cinema to see the latest Tinkerbell & The Pirate Fairy story I decided to make another pirate ship – a ship that was possible to make within one hour, with no papier mache or painting…… and this is how it turned out!
All you need to replicate is:
Ruler, pencil and black marker
Twigs for the mast and horizontal spreaders (the sticks that hold the sail)
Fabric for the sail
How to make a Cardboard Pirate Ship
First draw one side of the ship on a flat piece of cardboard – I kept my shape quite ‘boxy’ so as to give it a good solid resilient base to sit on while Miss7 was pushing it around the floor, on the many adventures to come – and selfishly to avoid having to curve the cardboard base around any tricky corners.
Now you have your solid ships hull.
Fitting out your ship
Glue the L-shaped card inside the back of the boat for the cabin – the ‘poop deck’ as it’s fondly called among seafaring folk :) (I will never let my husband read this post – he’s a sailor and all the non-boaty terms would have him out in hives!!)
Glue two smaller horizontal spreader sticks to the mast to hold the sail.
For the sail I used a square of black felt and glued on some burlap stars – you can of course add whatever sail design you desire – the conventional skull and crossbones, stripes or better still give your little one(s) some paint markers and let them design the sail.
Crafts That Inspire Play
This pirate ship is the perfect handmade toy to inspire hours of imaginative play. Being that this one was inspired by pirate fairies it was only fitting for Molly to take out the blue glitter and sprinkle it on the boat to make it fly through the living room sky – all aboard….. next stop Pixie Hollow :)
Cardboard Box to Pirate Ship in less than 1 hour!! – why not give it a go.