How to Make Pirate Ship Halloween Decorations

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If you are looking for a new way to decorate for Halloween, you should create a spooky sunken pirate ship, complete with skeletons and stolen treasure. With a bit of creativity and some simple props you can create an underwater pirate scene that is sure to create a Halloween to remember.

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Things you need

  • Plastic skeletons
  • Pirate attire (hats, eye patches, scarves, costume jewelry, hooked hands, swords)
  • Treasure chest or painted cardboard box
  • Newspaper
  • Treasure (plastic beads, chocolate coins, artificial gems)
  • Classic boat accessories (fish nets, rope, seashells, life preservers, anchor)
  • Pirate flag
  • Plastic fish or cutouts
  • Fishing line
  • Fan
  • Black and blue construction paper
  • Black light

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  1. 1

    Set up the pirates. Dress up a few plastic skeletons, equipping them with pirate hats, eye patches, scarves and other pirate attire. Add fake costume jewelry, hooked hands and swords.

  2. 2

    Create sunken treasure by purchasing a prop treasure chest at a craft store or creating your own from a cardboard box and poster paint. Stuff the bottom two thirds of the box with newspaper and then cover it with cheap plastic beads, chocolate coins, costume jewelry and artificial gems.

  3. 3

    Cover your walls and windows with fish nets and rope, attaching starfish, seashells, life preservers and even an anchor. Don't forget to proudly hang a pirate flag with skull and crossbones.

  4. 4

    Hang decorations from the ceiling to create that underwater feel for your sunken pirate ship. Hang plastic fish or fish cutouts with clear fishing line and then direct a fan towards the ceiling to keep them moving. For an added touch, use black and blue construction paper to create portholes looking out into the depths of the sea.

  5. 5

    Add the final touches to your pirate ship Halloween decorations by plugging in a black light to give the decorations an eerie underwater glow.

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