DIY Floating Pirate Ship

You don't have to leave your backyard to set sail for the high seas! This floating pirate ship is a great addition to your pool. Use it as a decoration for a Halloween party or during Gasparilla. The best part is, you can make it yourself!

Building Tips

Whenever you cut a template, make sure that it is 1" from end.

Ship Base

Supplies

  • 14 Assorted Noodles
  • Tracing Marker
  • Template 'A' (2.75" x 5.5")
  • Brown Spray Paint
  • Template 'B' (5.5" x 5.5")
  • Craft Sticks
  • Craft Knife
 

Step 1:

  • Cut 2 noodles in half

  • Take 3 of the halves and cut template 'A' from each end

  • Take 2 full-length noodles and cut template 'A' from one end
  • Paint brown
  • Interlock with prior halves

Step 2:

  • Take 6 full-length noodles and cut in half to make 12 halves

Step 3:

  • Take 6 halves and cut off 5"

  • Set the 5" pieces aside
  • Cut template 'A' from one end and template 'B' from the other
  • Paint brown

  • Paint one of the 5" pieces and paint brown

Step 4:

  • Take 4 halves and cut template 'A' from each end
  • Paint

Step 5:

  • Take 2 halves and cut template 'A' from one end
  • Paint

 

  • Take 4 full-length noodles and cut template 'A' from one end and template 'B' from the other
  • Paint

Step 6:

  • Assemble the ship onto the base and secure with craft sticks

Ship Floors

Supplies

  • Remaining 5" pieces
  • Tea-dyed cloth
  • 2 foam boards
  • Stapler

Step 1:

  • Take 4 of the 5 pieces and cut out template 'A'

  • Place these pieces on the ship's base to raise the floor

Step 2:

  • Cover the foams boards in the tea-dyed cloth
  • Securing with Staples
  • Place on the bottom of the ship

Ship Sails

Supplies

  • 20" x 18" black foam sheet
  • White foam sheet
  • Skull and crossbones template
  • Tracing Marker
  • String
  • Two 18" craft sticks
  • One 36" craft sticks
 

Steps

  • Take black foam sheet and cut an 'x' at each corner and in the middle of the top and bottom
  • Cut out the skull and crossbones template and glue onto the black sail
  • Tie together a 36" and 18" craft stick to form a 't' shape
  • Insert the 't' shape into the 'x' cuts at the top of the sail
  • Take an 18" craft stick and insert into the bottom of the sail
  • Insert the sail mast into the floorboards, puncturing the noodle below

Accessories

Supplies

  • Colorful foam sheets
  • Templates
  • Push Pins
 

Steps

  • Print out a variety of templates: waves, portholes, anchor, etc.
  • Trace templates onto foam sheets and cut out
  • Attach to ship with push pins

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