Construct a milk carton pirate ship

Construct a milk carton pirate ship

Every pirate needs a ship! Give your kids hours of imaginative fun with this simple kids’ art and craft milk carton pirate ship project. All you need to make it are things you probably have sitting around at home already.

What you need:

  • Milk carton
  • Scissors
  • Coloured textas
  • Paper napkin
  • Straw
  • Tape

Number of players:


Wash out and dry the milk carton.

Lay the milk carton on its side and fold the opening in, so that the milk carton looks like it is unopened. This will form the bow of the pirate ship.

Carefully cut the side of the carton off, so that the carton has three sealed sides and one open. The open side will form the inside of the boat.

Colour in your milk carton boat with coloured textas.

To make a sail, fold a napkin in half, making a triangle, and then cut tiny slits along the edge (not too close to the edge or it will tear). Insert the straw into the slits, weaving from front to back. Tape the top of the napkin to the straw to hold it in place.

Make a small hole in the bow of the boat (the pointed end of the milk carton) and slide the straw pole and napkin ‘sail’ into it. You could also tape the sail to the side or back of your boat if your child prefers.

Fill up the bathtub watch your pirate ship take sail!

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