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Seven Easy Pirate Crafts for Kids
Pirate Themed Crafts
I don't know a single kid who is not enthralled by a pirate. Pirates seem to fascinate most children for many reasons and they have gained in popularity over the years. Whether you are hosting a pirate themed party for one of your kids or you are just looking for something to entertain your kids with on a rainy or winter afternoon, this list of pirate crafts is sure to make your kids shout "Arrr!"
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Making a Pirate Hook Craft
- black paper cup
- pipe cleaner
- piece of aluminum foil
- Take the cup and poke a small hole in the bottom. I just used a pair of scissors.
- Push the pipe cleaner through the bottom of the cup. Inside the cup, attach the end of the pipe cleaner so that it makes a circle for the child to hold onto.
- On the other end, wrap the aluminum foil around the pipe cleaner so that it creates a silver hook. Then bend the pipe cleaner to make the hook.
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Pirate Hat Craft
- one sheet of folded newspaper
- any decorating materials like, markers, paint, stickers, etc.
- Keep the opening of the newspaper to the bottom. Then fold one half to the center fold and crease to form a triangle.
- Repeat with the second side.
- Then fold one sheet of the bottom part of the newspaper up to form the rim of the hat. Flip over and repeat with the second side.
- Then decorate to personalize your hat.
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Pirate Flag Craft
- 8 x 11 piece of black felt (I found these pre-cut at our local craft store for about 25 cents each)
- 3/16 inch wooden dowel
- fabric glue
- fabric paints and/or foam stickers
- Glue the dowel to the felt with the fabric glue. Be sure to glue it about half way down the felt and on the opposite side that you want the handle on. Otherwise when you flip it over the handle will be on the wrong side.
- Once the glue has set (about 10 minutes), turn the flag over and allow the kids to decorate it using foam stickers or fabric paint. Allow to dry if using paint.
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Pirate Boat Craft
- plastic container (A disposable one that you no longer want.)
- permanent markers
- flat popsicle stick
- two square construction paper squares, one is one square inch an done that is two square inches
- glue stick
- small ball of clay or glue
- dab of hot glue
- Have the kids decorate the plastic containers with the permanent markers and stickers. Washable markers will come off in the water when you sail your boats so you will need to use permanent ones. Just be sure that you have the kids put on an old shirt or smock when using them.
- Apply the stickers to the boats.
- Hot glue the golf ball sized clay to the inside bottom of the container.
- Glue the two construction paper squares with the glue stick to the wooden stick to form the pirate ship flag.
- Stick the opposite end of the stick into the clay ball to secure the flag place.
- Sail your pirate ships!
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Pirate Sword or Cutlass Craft
- a wrapping paper tube for each sword
- a cardboard circle that is about 2 inches in diameter
- markers, crayons, or any other decorating materials
- Staple the end of the tube at one end to make it flat.
- Cut a circle in the center of the cardboard circle that is the diameter of the wrapping paper tube. Decorate one side of the cardboard circle. This will be the guard for the sword.
- Slide the guard from the bottom (non-stapled) end of the tube so that it is about 1/3 of the way up with the decorated side facing toward the stapled end.
- Fold the bottom part of the tube into a half circle that ends just below the guard and staple. This will form the handle for the cutlass. Decorate the sword as you desire.
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Pirate Spyglass Craft
- black paper cup
- toilet paper roll
- about an inch of pipe cleaner
- fabric or hot glue
- Trace the outline of the toilet paper roll on the center of the bottom of the cup.
- Carefully cut out the hole. If you poke a hole and then cut an x, it will be easier to cut the outline of the circle.
- Slide the toilet paper roll through the hole.
- Using the pipe cleaner, create a circle around the bottom of the toilet paper roll on the inside of the cup. This will allow you to be able to slide the toilet paper roll in and out to make the spy glass longer or shorter without fear that the entire roll will come out.
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Pirate Eye Patch Craft
- Two inch circle from black felt
- Black elastic (size is based upon the person's head)
- Poke a tiny hole on opposite sides of the felt circle.
- Measure the length of elastic that you need. Be sure that the elastic is tight enough that it won't slip off the child's head, but loose enough that the circulation will not be restricted.
- Poke the elastic through the hole on one side and loop it around to tie a small knot. Repeat for the other side.
- Put the eye patch on and have some pirate fun!