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Milk Carton Pirate Ship

Make this pirate ship for a wonderful birthday party decoration or  into the Nina, Pinta or Santa Maria for Columbus Day.


2 Empty Milk Cartons

All Purpose Glue

2 Sheets each Black and Brown Construction Paper

2 Drinking Straws (non flex if possible)


Hole Punch

2 Small Globs of Play Dough


Cut segment from bottom of one milk carton. Trace sides of milk carton and segment onto brown construction paper. Cut out pieces and glue onto segments as shown in the pictures below. Puncture two holes in square carton segment.

Embellish with black pieces of construction paper as shown.

Insert straws into square sement. Place small pla dough blobs as shown to help hold straws in place. Place segment on top and glue to secure.

Allow to dry.

Click on Printables and print out portholes (or make your own). Cut out and glue on the side of your ship.

Click on Printables and print out sails (or make your own) 2 of each. Cut out sails. Punch holes where indicated and insert into straw masts.

If you are making a pirate ship, click on printables and print out the Jolly Roger pirate flag. Fold over a tooth pick as a rod and insert into one of the straws.

This craft is reprinted courtesy of Kideas.

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Katie is the writer and creator of View From The Fridge. She is also the mom to two adorable little boys (and another baby on the way), and wife to a great guy! She loves to craft, decorate, dream up projects for her home, and she’s learning to love to cook (though not there quite yet). She started View From The Fridge in the fall of 2013. Katie also enjoys coffee, a good glass of wine or beer (when she’s not expecting!), running, and anything outside. She lives in Minnesota and takes full advantage of the wonderful (but short) summer season outside with her family.

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