Last year we (my friend’s family and ours) did a Peter Pan theme for Halloween. We pulled the kids in the wagon, but obviously (because I’m DIY crazy) they needed a pirate ship wagon instead of a regular one, so I created one. This took far less time than I expected and turned out even better than I had pictured. So here is my DIY Cardboard Pirate Ship Wagon.
To make you need:
- Cardboard boxes (the bigger the better – I took mine from Ikea)
- Box cutter
- Toilet Paper rolls
- White fabric
- Tape…lots and lots of it
Freehand your pirate ship onto the cardboard and cut out.
You can cut out parts for the only the sides, but I wanted to add a back to this ship as well (*see above, DIY crazy).
Then it’s time to paint the wagon. I added a window and a porthole and outlined in yellow. I used Bucky from Jake and The Neverland Pirates as my basis for the ship. I used acrylic paints and it covered it well and dried quickly.
When the paint dried, I added “planks” of wood to it using Sharpie and a ruler. It took a little bit of time to do this, probably the longest thing about the whole project, but to me it was so worth it.
What’s a pirate ship without a few cannons? I painted 3 black square “holes” for the cannons to come out of. I used toilet paper rolls for the cannons which I also painted black and then hot glued them on.
All good pirate ships need a sail. I took a 5/8″ dowel and painted it black. I then took a 1/4″ dowel, cut it in half and also painted it black. I hot glued the dowels together and then wrapped the joint with black yarn to secure it (think God’s eye style from summer camp as a kid).
I bought some cheap white fabric and cut strips onto the ends so I could tie it onto the mast instead of having to sew (sewing is not my strong suit).
I felt the sail looked plain and decided it needed a true pirate emblem – skull and crossbones. I printed out a picture of one, put it under the sail, traced with a sharpie, and painted it in black. It turned out amazing and was my favorite part of the entire ship.
Assembling the ship takes a little bit of help. I basically went to town with packing tape to secure it to the wagon, but at last it was finished and ready to set sail.
This wagon was so awesome and we got a ton of compliments on it. I’m feeling decidedly less crafty this year, but we’ll see if I end up whipping something up last minute.
Happy crafting and Happy Halloween!
This post was originally featured on my now discontinued blog, Lean Green Mom.