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Diy Pirate Ship-Sail in for a Movie Night!

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Diy Pirate Ship from a cardboard box!

Hoist yer sails and sail in for a pirate themed family movie night! Celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day, (or any day) with this diy pirate ship made from supplies you may already have around the house.

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What you’ll need to build your ship:

1 cardboard box

Brown Paint

Glue/Tape/Staples or another way to attach two materials together

Black Paper

1 stick 2-3′ long

White fabric scrap

What You’ll do:

Start by cutting the flaps off of the top of the box. Bend  one of the detached long flaps in half to create a crease and re-attach the flap to form a triangle-shaped point at the front of the ship, er, box. Cut a triangle shape out of a smaller detached flap to fit flatly on top of the pointed piece. See my photos below. Paint the outside surfaces of the box brown.


Arrr! Grab yer scissors pirates!

Cut two circles out of the black paper and glue them to the side of the box. Make a hole in the back right corner of the box, and push the stick through until the bottom of the stick is touching the bottom of the box while sitting upright. Drape your fabric scrap on the top of the stick. Secure as needed. Make sure glue and paint are dry before use.


Sail yer ship to the tv for a pirate family movie night!


Grab some snacks for the little ones. We ate Pirate Booty Snacks at our sail in movie. My kids had a blast sitting in their ships while watching pirate movies.


Need inspiration for family friendly pirate movies?

Don’t sail away just yet pirates! There’s more fun to be had! Check out the links below from some of my blogger friends! They’re on a pirate adventure too!

Backyard Pirate Treasure Hunt (Map) – Umbrella Tree Cafe

Make Your Own Pirate Treasure – The Gingerbread House

DIY Pirate Vest & Patch – Play Dough & Popsicles

Toilet paper roll pirates – Just Another Mom

Set Sail with this DIY Pirate Boat – The Resourceful Mama

It’s a Pirate’s Life for Me – Study at Home Mama

Pirates Love Underpants Sensory Bin – Adventures of Adam

Free Pirate Play Dough Mats Numbers 1-10 – Life Over C’s

Pirate Science: Fool’s Gold, Parrots and Shipwrecks! – Share it! Science News

Pirate Colouring Pages – In The Playroom

Pirate Books for Kids of All Ages – Superheroes and Teacups

Treasure Chest Craft – Messy Little Monster

How Did Pirates Navigate? How to Read a Map – Schooling a Monkey

Pirate Sensory Bin – Life with Moore Babies

Pirate Preschool Printable – Living Life and Learning

How to Make Some Great Pirate Flags – Witty Hoots

Perfect Parrot Masks for Pirate Day Fun – Peakle Pie

Pirate Perler Bead Patterns – Brain Power Boy

Going on a Pirate Treasure Hunt – Play & Learn Everyday

Pirate Treasure Math Printables – Kidz Activities

Treasure Alphabet Match – The Kindergarten Connection

Make Your Own Pirate Map – My Little Poppies

Treasure Map Grid Activity – My Little Poppies

Make Your Own Map and Treasure HuntMy Little Poppies

Create a FLOATING Pirate Ship! – Milk and Cuddles

Pirate Puppet Craft -Sugar Aunts

Hidden Treasure Cupcakes – Emmy’s Mummy

Non Scary Pirate Books and Movies – Edventures with Kids

Gold Nuggets – Kelly’s Classroom

Fizzing Pirate Treasure Adventure – Preschool Powol Packets

Let the sailing begin!


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  1. I love it! A year ago we did a pirate theme for our homeschool co op. This would have been a fantastic project for the kids. Guess we’ll do it this week instead for Talk like a pirate day! It’s next Saturday!! The kids love dressing up, lol. Thanks for linking up to the Sunshine Life Link Up! Can’t wait to see what you share next week 🙂

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