How to Make a Pirate Ship From Construction Paper

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Take an adventure on the high seas with your own pirate ship made of construction paper. The lightweight ship may not be seaworthy, but it will ride the waves in your imagination. Create a pair of boats to have make-believe duels with yourself or with friends. This paper craft also serves as a table decoration at a pirate-theme birthday party. Add a bottom to the boat to turn it into a party candy holder.

Things You'll Need

  • Brown construction paper
  • Black marker
  • Straw
  • White construction paper
  • Pencil
  • Scotch tape
  • Scissors
  • Place a piece of brown construction paper on the table. Fold the paper into equal thirds. Flip the paper upside down, so the folds are touching the table.

  • Draw black horizontal lines on the top and the bottom folds. No lines need to be drawn on the middle portion, since that is the bottom of the boat. Add small vertical lines to each row, alternating where you draw them. They will look like wooden planks. Add a couple of swirly circles to look like tree knots. Flip the paper back over. Raise the two edges.

  • Fold a second piece of brown construction paper into thirds. Cut the second piece of paper on the folds. Draw lines on two of the three folds the same way you did previously. This will be the front and back of the boat.

  • Attach one strip of the cut construction paper to one open end of the folded paper using the scotch tape, with the drawn side facing out. Keep the strip straight. This will be the boat's stern.

  • Bend the other strip of construction paper at a 90-degree angle and, using the tape, attach it to the other open end of the folded paper with the drawn side facing out. This will be the boat's bow.

  • Cut the third strip into the shape of a triangle that matches the size of the bow. Attach it to the bottom of the boat and sides of the bow using the tape. This will serve as the floor of the bow.

  • Cut a triangle out of the white paper. Draw a skull and crossbones to make a pirate flag. Tape the flag to the straw. Attach the bottom of the straw to the inside of the boat. Use the tape to secure the straw flag mast.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use cardboard as a base in order to make a sturdier pirate ship.
  • Add other items to the pirate ship such as a canon, a pile of canon balls, a crow's nest, a captain's wheel, or a pirate himself.

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