How to Make Pirate Boat Table Top Decoration

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How to Make Pirate Boat Table Top Decoration
You can make table decorations that are patterned after pirate ships. (pirate mast image by Maxim Prikazov from

If your little one loves pirates, you might consider having a pirate-themed birthday party for him. When you add up decorations, food and invitations, parties can become quite expensive. Once way to save money is to make your own table top decorations. You can make a pirate boat simply and inexpensively. You might even want to have the kids make their own boats at the party as a fun party activity and take-home souvenir.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Milk cartons (paper)
  • Modelling dough
  • Drinking straws
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Pencil
  • Glue
  • Tape
  • Construction paper
  • Cardboard

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  1. 1

    Place a sheet of black construction paper on a flat work surface and lay a milk carton down on its side in the centre of the paper, longways.

  2. 2

    Tape the construction paper to the carton so that it is covering one half of the carton vertically on both sides.

  3. 3

    Lay another sheet of black construction paper down on the work surface and set the carton on it right-side up.

  4. 4

    Tape the construction paper to the sides of the milk carton so that it is covering the bottom of the carton. Tape the paper to three sides of the carton. On the fourth side, the opposite side from the first sheet of construction paper, leave the construction paper sticking out about an inch from the sides and bottom.

  5. 5

    Cover the rest of the carton (the surfaces not covered by black construction paper) with white construction paper. The white surface will be the top of the ship. Keep the carton on its side so that the white section is facing upward. The black surface will be the bottom, and the black section that is extending an inch from the carton will be the rear of the ship.

  6. 6

    Pinch off two blobs of modelling dough, each about as big as a walnut, and place a few drops of glue onto each blob. Set the blobs glue-side-down onto the top of the white section of the pirate ship, about in the centre.

  7. 7

    Cut off the bottom section of another milk carton, about 3 inches high. Place this square section over the modelling dough blobs and tape it to the first carton.

  8. 8

    Cover the new square with white construction paper.

  9. 9

    Poke a hole above each modelling dough blob with a pencil.

  10. 10

    Place two drinking straws into the two holes and secure each straw by sticking it into the modelling dough.

  11. 11

    Cut four rectangles from a sheet of yellow, blue, red or green construction paper. Two rectangles should be about 2 inches by 4 inches, and the other two should be about 1 inch by 2 inches.

  12. 12

    Punch two holes into each rectangle on the long sides of each rectangle, in the centre of the side. Thread the holes over the straws so that the rectangles look like sails on the ships. Thread a large rectangle onto each straw first and then the small rectangles.

  13. 13

    Cut circles about the size of quarters out of the same colour construction paper that you used for the sails. Glue these circles onto the sides of the ship as portholes.

  14. 14

    Draw windows and a door on the square section in the top of the ship.

  15. 15

    Cut a rectangle about 1 inch by 4 inches out of cardboard and glue it on top of the ship with most of the strip extending off of the ship. This is the gangplank.

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