How to Build a Childrens Birthday Party Pirate Ship

How to Build a Pirate Ship for a Children’s Party.

Easy DIY project. Great photo op for kids’ pirate birthday party. Great for adult pirate party too.

You can also make wood or cardboard propellers to transform it to a steampunk pirate airship. Have pirate ship, will travel. Our pirate ship design creates a pirate ship that is made to travel with ease. Our wooden ship folds in half and fits in your hatch back with the seats folded down. We actually transported our pirate ship in a Toyota Prius. We loaded it through the hatch with the back seats folded down. And another time we loaded it up in a Hyundai Tucson the same way.

Argh! You don’t have to be an expert to make this simple pirate ship party prop and with a few easy additions you can make a steampunk pirate airship as well. Avast me hearties! Get ye olde pirate hat or ye steampunk top hat on and let’s get to work on building a pirate ship with lightweight plywood and a saber saw. See photos and instructions below.

 

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How to Build Pirate Ship for Children’s Birthday Party

 

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Build a Pirate Ship for a Adult Pirate Party

 

You will need the following items and tools to build a pirate ship like this one:

  • Saber saw
  • Lightweight wood ¼” to ¾” plywood
  • Wood glue
  • Screwdriver
  • Screws
  • 2 Metal hinges
  • Wood cleat to construct masts
  • Nuts and bolts (2 sets per mast)
  • Pencil or marker (to outline ship)
  • Paint for body of ship and masts
  • Paint for the optional ocean waves

 

Instructions on How to Build a Pirate Ship:

  • Refer to the photos above and click on each photo for a larger view
  • On your plywood, free hand the ship outline and any windows or cutouts you want on your ship, such as cutout for cannons
  • Cut out your pirate ship design with your saber saw
  • Then cut the pirate ship in half
    • Attach hinges (as shown) to the rear of the ship
  • If you would like to add some extra design to your pirate ship, here is what we did:
    • Using scrap plywood, form long strips and glue them to the front of the ship
    • Use the plywood from your cutouts to create a design by gluing them below the long strips you glued above
  • Create the masts for your pirate ship using the wood cleat
    • If you want your ship to travel, be sure to construct it to easily detach and re-attach the masts and remember to bring your tools
  • You may also want to create an ocean waves feature on the bottom of your ship
    • Draw the ocean waves design on plywood
    • Cut out your wave design
    • Attach the ocean waves design to the pirate ship with wood glue
  • Important! You should consider how your pirate ship will be securely displayed at the birthday party. It is very important to decide if you need to make any additions or modifications in order to safely display your pirate ship to ensure it does not fall backward or forwards.

 

Check back soon for easy tips on how I decorated and transformed our little wooden pirate ship, originally built for a children’s pirate birthday party, into a Steampunk Pirate Ghost Airship for an awesome Adult Steampunk Pirate Party.

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What is Steampunk Fashion

Ezpzparties Event Planner Party Host - L.J.
Ezpzparties Event Planner Party Host – L.J.

What is Steampunk Fashion?

“Mix the prim and proper Victorian period of dress with, what would seem like, futuristic accessories and you have steampunk fashion.”

First let us ask, what is steampunk itself?

  • Think about seeing things in Victorian times that would never seem scientifically possible, maybe a flying car like the one in an old animated film or maybe a flying pirate ship powered by a hot air balloon and propellers or maybe by an airship (dirigible).
  • Look at the fashion during that conventional and straight laced era in time.
  • Mix the prim and proper Victorian period of dress with, what would seem like, futuristic accessories and you have steampunk fashion.
  • Just think industrial revolution on steroids and high fashion raging right along with it.

Even if you are just a guest, a steampunk party is not just something you attend, rather you “prepare” for it.

  • If you know some crafty ladies, you may even want to get together with them for a pre-party, that is a steampunk craft party in order to make steampunk hats with decorations.
  • What kind of decorations are needed for a steampunk hat and for a steampunk costume or outfit?
  • Steampunk generally includes items such as goggles, old fashioned keys, locks, hats, feathers, compass, gears, gauges, clocks, watches, chains, bustier, full skirts (full skirts hiked up and draped over leggings), pants, vest, poet shirt, jacket, or coat.
  • Search for steampunk style clothing images on the internet.
  • In Steampunk fashion you will notice belts, buckles, boots, gloves, half gloves, goggles, hats, leather, lace, felt, heavy jewelry chains, charms, keys, locks, compasses, vests, full skirts, almost anything goes!

Still not sure what steampunk is all about?

  • Just keep searching the internet for steampunk costumes, clothes, fashion, and decorations.
  • Whether you have been invited to a steampunk pirate party or a general steampunk theme party the costume and accessory possibilities are endless.
  • I bet you have clothes in the back of your closet that will work in creating a steampunk costume.
Some costumes worn to a Renaissance Fair can also work really well for steampunk with a few alterations and additions.
  • After that, all you need do is find some accessories.
  • I got most of my steampunk accessories on Amazon.
  • I purchased a felt top hat real cheap from Amazon and decorated it with an old fashioned Victorian style key and some small bronze and gold colored imitation gears.
  • Here is how easy and fast you can have a Steampunk hat!
  • I did this in just a few minutes with old jewelry, hat pin, wine cork key chain and a key from Amazon.
  • I still have some small imitation gears (also purchased) from Amazon to attach to the hat. Don’t have my goggles yet and I haven’t glued it all together, but you get the idea.

 

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