Model Pirate Ship & Treasure Island – Crafts

How To Make a Model Pirate Ship and Treasure Island Setting

Shiver me timbers! Enter a pirate’s world of treasure hunts and adventures with this fantastic Model Pirate Ship and Treasure Island, which will provide the kids with hours of imaginative play fun. This model pirate crafts idea is perfect for International Talk Like a Pirate Day and can be adapted with your own details and variations. Ideal for children aged 5-7 years old. All hands hoay!

General materials you will need:

Additional materials you will need:

  • Thick Card, Newspaper / Cardboard Bowl, Kitchen Towel, Shoebox / Similar Sized Box, Cardboard Boxes (small), Cardboard TubeFabric (for sail), String, Wooden Kebab Skewers / Thin Garden Sticks, Foil, Scouring Sponge, Thick Plastic Straws, Cork, Bottle Caps, Jar lids (for details).

To make the Pirates Treasure Island, follow these simple instructions:model pirate treasure island crafts

  1. Make sure your work area is covered in case of mess!
  2. Draw an island shape onto thick card, then cut it out (about 50cm x 30cm).
  3. Use masking tape to stick sheets of tightly scrunched newspaper onto the island. Tape a cardboard bowl or more newspaper to add some height.
  4. When the shape of the island is in place, use a big brush to cover the island with a 50:50 mix of PVA glue and water.
  5. Paste down 2 or 3 layers of kitchen towel over the newspaper, brushing more glue over the top. Tip: Thinner cheap kitchen towel or tissue paper works best for this.
  6. Leave it to dry.
  7. Paint the island using a big brush or a sponge and leave it to dry. Tip: When the first layer of paint has dried, lightly brush or sponge a different colour over the top for a more textured 3D effect.

To make the Trees for the Treasure Island, follow these simple instructions:

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      To make the leaves, cut some thin strips from a green scouring sponge (6cm-8cm long).

    1. To make the tree trunks, cut the ends of wooden kebab skewers or garden sticks (10cm-12cm).
    1. Hold the leaves in a bunch and tape them onto the end of the stick.
    1. Wrap a piece of crinkled foil around the stick, leaving the pointed end uncovered, then squeeze the foil into shape for the trunk.
    1. Paint the tree trunk.
    1. Leave to dry.
  1. The end of the stick can be pushed into the island with a blob of glue on the end.

To make the Pirate Ship, follow these simple instructions:

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  1. Before you start, work out the size of your ship by stacking a couple of small boxes inside a larger box. Tip: A shoe box is about the right size for the bottom section (or cut down a larger-sized box to about L28cm x W16cm x H10cm). Cover any joins or flaps on the boxes with masking tape.
  2. Paint the boxes for the ship and cardboard tube for the mast and leave to dry.
  3. Cut around the end of the tube and make two pairs of parallel holes in the side of the tube. Push 2 wooden sticks through the holes.
  4. Glue the small boxes inside the big box. Use the small boxes to raise the
    level of the deck inside the ship.
  5. Open out the flaps of the tube and glue it on top of the middle box for the mast. Leave the glue to dry.

Craft Tips:

  • Make a collection of cardboard boxes, cereal packets, small plastic bottle tops, jar lids, corks and other useful pieces to make sure that you are always ready for impromptu craft activities with the kids and missing bits!

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