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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How to Go From Party Mom to Event Planner Everyone Loves

How to Go From Party Mom to Event Planner Everyone Loves

Kid's Birthday Party Decorations
Party Decorations for Children’s Birthday Party

“They will offer to make party decorations, costumes, bake a birthday cake, cookies, cupcakes, bring party music, wireless speaker, potluck dishes, beverages.”

You are the best party mom on the block! Your kid’s friends think your children have the most awesome mom. But what about the other parents on the block? Chances are many of the other parents would love to get in on your popularity with their kids. Do you just keep on planning stupendous children’s parties all on your own? Well you could just keep on keeping on.

Here is an alternative you may not have realized exists. Invite the other parents to get in on the event planning fun. You love party planning right? But are you the absolute best at all aspects of party preparation? Well maybe you are and maybe you are not. Give this some real thought. The next time parents come by to pick up their child from a kid’s birthday party you hosted and remark how much their children enjoy your parties; invite the neighborhood parents to help out with the planning, preparation and decorating for your next party event. I bet some of them would even love to help with hosting the party. You will be surprised at all the talented parents out there who will jump at the chance to use their artistic, decorating and crafting talents to make your next party event better than the last.They will offer to make party decorations, costumes, bake a birthday cake, cookies, cupcakes, bring party music, wireless speaker, potluck dishes and beverages.

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Children’s Birthday Party Decorations and Balloons

Don’t forget about the music. Ask if any of the parents planning the party have an experience with party music. You may find a couple of “closet D.J.’s” in your child’s friend’s parents. If not just purchase an inexpensive wireless speaker with bluetooth that pairs with your smart phone. Queue up your music and let’s get this party started. And that is how you go from party mom to event planner everyone loves!

 

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