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Seven Easy Pirate Crafts for Kids

Updated on June 19, 2013

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!"

Pictures of Making a Pirate Hook

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Poke a hole in the bottom of the cup.  See video for more detailed instructions!Your finished pirate hook!
Poke a hole in the bottom of the cup.  See video for more detailed instructions!
Poke a hole in the bottom of the cup. See video for more detailed instructions! | Source
Your finished pirate hook!
Your finished pirate hook! | Source

Making a Pirate Hook Craft

Materials Needed:

  • black paper cup
  • pipe cleaner
  • piece of aluminum foil

Directions:

  1. Take the cup and poke a small hole in the bottom. I just used a pair of scissors.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Pirate Hat Craft Pictures

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Decorating the pirate hat.A finished hat, arrr!
Decorating the pirate hat.
Decorating the pirate hat. | Source
A finished hat, arrr!
A finished hat, arrr! | Source

Pirate Hat Craft

Materials needed:

  • one sheet of folded newspaper
  • any decorating materials like, markers, paint, stickers, etc.

Directions:

  1. Keep the opening of the newspaper to the bottom. Then fold one half to the center fold and crease to form a triangle.
  2. Repeat with the second side.
  3. 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.
  4. Then decorate to personalize your hat.

Pictures of Pirate Flag Craft

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Glue the dowl on the felt.  Then turn over to decorate.Grace's finished pirate flag!
Glue the dowl on the felt.  Then turn over to decorate.
Glue the dowl on the felt. Then turn over to decorate. | Source
Grace's finished pirate flag!
Grace's finished pirate flag! | Source

Pirate Flag Craft

Materials Needed:

  • 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

Directions:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Picture Guide to Making Pirate Boats

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Pirate Boat Craft

Materials Needed:

  • plastic container (A disposable one that you no longer want.)
  • permanent markers
  • stickers
  • 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

Directions:

  1. 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.
  2. Apply the stickers to the boats.
  3. Hot glue the golf ball sized clay to the inside bottom of the container.
  4. Glue the two construction paper squares with the glue stick to the wooden stick to form the pirate ship flag.
  5. Stick the opposite end of the stick into the clay ball to secure the flag place.
  6. Sail your pirate ships!

Pictures of Pirate Sword Craft

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Using a cardboard circle, cut out the diameter of the wrapping paper tube.Decorate as desired.Tuck one end in on each side to make a point and staple.Stapled end.After sliding the guard onto the end, roll up the other end to make a handle and staple.Another view.Have kids decorate if desired.Grace prepares for a pirate sword fight.Pirate sword fun!
Using a cardboard circle, cut out the diameter of the wrapping paper tube.
Using a cardboard circle, cut out the diameter of the wrapping paper tube. | Source
Decorate as desired.
Decorate as desired. | Source
Tuck one end in on each side to make a point and staple.
Tuck one end in on each side to make a point and staple. | Source
Stapled end.
Stapled end. | Source
After sliding the guard onto the end, roll up the other end to make a handle and staple.
After sliding the guard onto the end, roll up the other end to make a handle and staple. | Source
Another view.
Another view. | Source
Have kids decorate if desired.
Have kids decorate if desired. | Source
Grace prepares for a pirate sword fight.
Grace prepares for a pirate sword fight. | Source
Pirate sword fun!
Pirate sword fun! | Source

Pirate Sword or Cutlass Craft

Materials Needed:

  • a wrapping paper tube for each sword
  • a cardboard circle that is about 2 inches in diameter
  • scissors
  • stapler
  • markers, crayons, or any other decorating materials

Directions:

  1. Staple the end of the tube at one end to make it flat.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.


Picture Guide to Make a Pirate Spy Glass

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Make an outline of the tube on the bottom of the cup.Cut an x in the center and cut the circle out.Push the paper towel roll through the hole.Line the inside with the pipe cleaner.Finished spy glass!Pirate Alex is searching for his treasure!
Make an outline of the tube on the bottom of the cup.
Make an outline of the tube on the bottom of the cup. | Source
Cut an x in the center and cut the circle out.
Cut an x in the center and cut the circle out. | Source
Push the paper towel roll through the hole.
Push the paper towel roll through the hole. | Source
Line the inside with the pipe cleaner.
Line the inside with the pipe cleaner. | Source
Finished spy glass!
Finished spy glass! | Source
Pirate Alex is searching for his treasure!
Pirate Alex is searching for his treasure!

Pirate Spyglass Craft

Materials Needed:

  • black paper cup
  • toilet paper roll
  • scissors
  • about an inch of pipe cleaner
  • fabric or hot glue

Directions:

  1. Trace the outline of the toilet paper roll on the center of the bottom of the cup.
  2. 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.
  3. Slide the toilet paper roll through the hole.
  4. 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.

Picture Guide of Pirate Eye Patch Craft

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Black circle feltBlack elastic cordLoop the cord through the hole and tie in a knot.Begin your pirate adventure!
Black circle felt
Black circle felt | Source
Black elastic cord
Black elastic cord | Source
Loop the cord through the hole and tie in a knot.
Loop the cord through the hole and tie in a knot. | Source
Begin your pirate adventure!
Begin your pirate adventure! | Source

Pirate Eye Patch Craft

Materials Needed:

  • Two inch circle from black felt
  • Black elastic (size is based upon the person's head)
  • scissors

Directions:

  1. Poke a tiny hole on opposite sides of the felt circle.
  2. 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.
  3. Poke the elastic through the hole on one side and loop it around to tie a small knot. Repeat for the other side.
  4. Put the eye patch on and have some pirate fun!

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    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR

      cardelean 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks Gail! We had a great time making the crafts. I so appreciate your visit!

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      6 years ago from South Carolina

      What an awesome and fun pirate hub! Loved the pirate boat race at the end of the video and the fact that all these crafts were simple and inexpensive to make.

      Voted up across the board.

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR

      cardelean 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks K9. Even though some of the conversation isn't relevant or is a little silly, I don't like to edit it out because it keeps it real. So glad you enjoyed it and I very much appreciate your visit!

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR

      cardelean 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks, it took us several days because Mommy pirate was getting a little crabby! :) Overall it was a lot of fun though.

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR

      cardelean 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      Bookmark it for future use Marsei! Thanks for your visit and enjoy those grandkids! :)

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR

      cardelean 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      They would be perfect for a birthday party or for a pirate unit in school. Thanks for your visit partypail!

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR

      cardelean 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks, hehehe. She is a very big help in so many ways! Glad the video was to your liking! ;) I can definitely see Grandpa doing something like this.

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR

      cardelean 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      Awesome Krystal! I hope that you and the kiddos have as much fun making them as we did. Let me know how they turn out! :)

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      India Arnold 

      6 years ago from Northern, California

      First, the video is adorable! The conversation between you and your pirate crew makes me love it even more. My favorite craft is the "Pirate Hook" the, "Grrrrr!" associated with the finished product is priceless, Cara. Pirate fans everywhere are going to enjoy this hub. Awesome work that looks like a blast to do.

      HubHugs~

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      Denise Handlon 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Nice work on your crafts-love the spyglass idea-cool. Enjoyed the hub and rated up and useful, etc. These will keep many a pirate occupied for several days. :)

      BTW-awesome video and PATIENCE, mom!

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      Sue Pratt 

      6 years ago from New Orleans

      Wonderful hub and video. A little young for my grandkids, but wonderful, nonetheless.

      Voted up.

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      PartyPail 

      6 years ago from www.partypail.com

      All of these crafts are such great ideas and I could see them being fun for a birthday party. Great how to video, voted up.

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      Danette Watt 

      6 years ago from Illinois

      Such cute assistants! Looked like they had a lot of fun and Grace is such a big help for you.

      I remember my dad making paper hats all the time. I REALLY appreciate that the sound didn't come on right away in the video. I know we've talked about this before. Voted up.

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      Krystal 

      6 years ago from Los Angeles

      Right in time! I am having fun this summer working with some 4yr olds a couple of days a week. These crafts are perfect pairing with some pirate picture books. Thanks! Another beautifully impressive hub :)

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