Project Overview

Your kids are going to love making this pirate ship. It’s really easy to make and your kids can get creative by decorating it in their own unique way. 

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Step by Step Instructions

1 Paint your seedling pots
2 Decorate
3 Measure out the dowel
4 Cut the dowel
5 Poke a hole for masts
6 Stick down the masts
7 Mark out your sails
8 Cut out sails
9 Decorate sails
10 Cut holes in sails
11 Put sails on the masts
  • Step 1. Paint your seedling pots

    With your paintbrush, paint the seedling pots in your favourite colour.

  • Step 2. Decorate

    While the paint is still wet, you can add glitter to your ship so that it sticks.

  • Step 3. Measure out the dowel

    To make the ship’s masts, measure 35cm and 30cm on your piece of dowel with the tape measure. Then mark out the measurements with a pencil.

  • Step 4. Cut the dowel

    Carefully cut the dowel where you’ve marked with a handsaw.

  • Step 5. Poke a hole for masts

    With a pencil, poke a hole through the middle of the seedling pots at the front and back of the ship.

  • Step 6. Stick down the masts

    Poke the masts through the holes then wrap some tape around the dowel to keep it in place. Make sure the bigger mast is at the back of the ship and the smaller one at the front.

  • Step 7. Mark out your sails

    For the sails, use a tape measure to measure out 20cm and 10cm sails in one colour and 15cm in another colour and mark out with a pencil.

  • Step 8. Cut out sails

    With scissors, carefully cut out your three pirate sails.

  • Step 9. Decorate sails

    We’re using stickers to decorate our sails but you can use whatever you like. You could even try to make a skull and crossbones.

  • Step 10. Cut holes in sails

    Make two holes in the middle of each sail, about 4cm from the top and bottom.

  • Step 11. Put sails on the masts

    Thread the 15cm sail onto the mast at the front of the boat. Make sure the mast is behind the sail so you can’t see it. Then thread the larger sail on the back mast, and the smaller sail above it and you’re done.

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