How to build a pirate ship out of craft sticks

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How to build a pirate ship out of craft sticks
Build a miniature pirate ship with craft sticks. (pirate ship image by Photography Freak from

Wooden craft sticks can be purchased in large packages from craft stores or you can save up the sticks from Popsicles until you have enough to build a model pirate ship. Once you learn how to form the basic shape of a pirate ship you can experiment with the craft sticks to make your very own design. When the glue has completely dried, test the pirate ship out in water to see if it floats.

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Things you need

  • Craft sticks
  • Wood glue
  • Construction paper
  • Wooden dowels

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  1. 1

    Glue six craft sticks together with wood glue to form a flat rectangle on your work surface. The long sides of the rectangle will be formed by two craft sticks and the short sides are formed of one craft stick.

  2. 2

    Glue two more craft sticks to one short end of the rectangle to form a triangle. This is the base of your pirate ship.

  3. 3

    Fill in the outline of the pirate ship by gluing craft sticks across the narrow width of the outline. Cut the craft sticks as necessary to fill int the triangle shaped area.

  4. 4

    Glue craft sticks to the outside of the base, standing straight up, at one to two inch intervals all around the base of the pirate ship.

  5. 5

    Attach craft sticks to these vertical supports starting just above the base of the pirate ship. Continue to glue the craft sticks on until you have completely covered the vertically placed craft sticks.

  6. 6

    Cut two 4.5 inch squares from a piece of construction paper to create sails for your pirate ship. Decorate the sails with a skull and crossbones or the symbol of your choice.

  7. 7

    Glue craft sticks horizontally to the back of each sail at the top and bottom.

  8. 8

    Glue two wooden dowels to the inside floor of the pirate ship to serve as masts.

  9. 9

    Attach the sails to the mast by gluing the centre of the craft sticks to the wooden dowels.

Tips and warnings

  • Glue buttons to the sides of your pirate ship to look like portholes.
  • Refer to pictures of pirate ships to fine tune your design and add decorations to your finished pirate ship.

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