If you love pirates and popsicle stick crafts, then you are going to LOVE this pirate craft collection (with adorable parrot included). Included in this collection are 5 unique pirate characters and their parrot mascot. Each transforms a basic triangle popsicle stick frame into a mini work of art and so much more. Plus, this collection includes a little bonus…a printable sheet of pirate accessories that you can print out, color and use to create a super fun invitation to play opportunity.
This pirate craft collection is best for ages 7 and up, but it can also be enjoyed by younger kiddos with some assistance.
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SUPPLIES FROM THE BAG
- 3 Large popsicle sticks
- Elmer’s glue (or Glue Dots)
- Paint (here are some skin-toned paints)
- Construction paper (here are some skin-toned papers)
- Glue stick
- Googly eyes
- Pirate craft template
We always strive to do more with less around here. And you may ask “Why?” It’s so that you can actually spend more time crafting with your kids. By removing so many of the barriers that are in the way of you making things with your kids, hopefully you will find the time to craft more memories together. Fill you bag using our master list, 27 inexpensive items that all fit into one bag, and you will be ready to make anything that you see on this site, including every craft in our kids’ craft ebooks too!
How to Make a Pirate Craft
Since all of the crafts in this pirate craft collection go together in generally the same way, we will use just one of the pirates as an example here. The only differences will be that you will use a different template, different colors of paint and different colors of construction paper. It’s all in the details. Each character is what you make it.
Step 1: Make the Triangle
- Glue together 3 large popsicle sticks into a triangle shape.
- Give the glue plenty of time to dry. *You may even want to let it sit overnight. Make several so that you are ready to make lots of crafts without waiting again.
- OR…use Glue Dots instead of Elmer’s glue to eliminate wait time.
Step 2: Paint It
- Lay out the newspaper to control the mess.
- Squeeze out whatever paint you will be using for your pirate’s face.
- Pinch the pompom with a clothespin to form a “paint brush”
- Paint the triangle frame in a skin tone and give it time to dry
Step 3: Use the Pirate Craft Template
- Print the Pirate Craft Template
- Use it to cut out all of the pieces for your pirate craft in whatever colors you like
- Note that the triangle template is separate. Also cut a triangle out of the same skin-tone color that you used to paint the triangle.
Step 4: Put Your Pirate Art and Craft Together
- Now that the paint has dried, glue the cut out paper triangle onto the back of the frame.
- Then use your glue stick to attach the rest of the pieces to your triangle frame.
Step 5: Add Some Details
- For this step, I got the paint back out, but if you don’t want the mess, feel free to use crayons of markers instead.
- Squeeze out paint onto the newspaper or a plate and use the q-tip to paint on some details.
- If you want to give the pirate a little dirt on the face or a scruffy “beard”, tap a pompom into the paint and get rid of the excess. Then tap paint until it looks like you want. If you get too much paint, you can always go over it with the skin-toned paint and start over again.
Step 6: Finish Off the Pirate Craft
- Add the googly eyes.
- Draw on a nose and mouth with markers.
- This is also the time to add whatever other little details you want. For example, I cut out and decorated a little rosette for the pirate’s hat.
Try Some Pirate Craft Activities
And now that you know how to make these super fun pirate crafts, let’s talk about some ways that you can turn these into an opportunity for imaginative play. Make them into puppets by just taping on another large popsicle stick for a handle. Or you can add a little vecro to the back and use the pirate characters on a felt board. Create scenes and make up stories. Or you can put a magnet on the back of your craft creations and play with them on the fridge or any magnetic surface (eg-a magnetic white board or magnetic chalkboard).
Don’t stop at just crafting. That’s fun, but use what you’ve created for hours of imaginative play too!