Life-Sized Pirate Ship Built Completely Out of Cardboard

by Rachel Baker on January 25, 2014

We’ve been playing a lot of Assassin’s Creed 4 (AC4) in our household. The time period and location of AC4 takes place in the Carribbean during the age of pirates! Its AWESOME! Naval battles, plundering ships, secret treasure chests – you name it, its there! And, its incredibly fun to get lost in.

With this in mind, I was looking for a craft project to do that would be a bit of AC4 inspiration. I will most likely not be doing this one, but it was REALLY cool and I wanted to share it. Truly…a life-sized pirate ship built completely out of cardboard… how much better could life get?!

The creative trio developed this elaborate design and, using just cardboard boxes, a hot glue gun, and box cutters, they spent five days building this incredibly detailed ship as the centerpiece for their party.

To produce the eco-friendly design, the three guys first searched the neighborhood to find materials. They picked up old boxes left on the streets for trash pick-up and brought them back to the warehouse where the party was to be held. Long planks layered together to create texture made up the sides of the ship while larger sheets were used to produce cardboard waves along the base. The most impressive feature is the intricately carved figurehead on the front of the ship, which features a skeleton woman with wild hair and a huge, curly tongue hanging out of her mouth.

Dedicated to their party theme, the three guys left no detail overlooked. They built lanterns and porthole windows, and even hung an old, tattered sail from overhead.

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