Easy Plastic Cup Pirate Boat Tutorial

How to make cute pirate boats in 5 minutes with stuff you have on hand. Fun kid activity and tutorialHot Summer days were made for quick crafts and playing in water. Today I’m excited to share a super easy boat tutorial that’s perfect to do with the little ones. Whether they are creating pirate ships or fairy vessels these little DIY boats are too cute. We love playing with them in our water table.fast summer kids craft. upcycled plastic cup boats

These little boats can be made so quickly and you most likely to have everything you need already on hand in your house. Older kids can easily put these together while both the littlest guys and the bigger kids will have a blast playing with them when they are done.

Awesome water table and cute pirate ship craft project for the Kids

Teddy is just over one and he had so much fun playing the boats in his fun water table. I know we’ll be making more through out the summer when the cousins come over to play!

What You Need:

  • Plastic Cups
  • Plastic Straws
  • Fun Tape (I used both washi tape and duct tape)
  • Fabric (optional – for the pirate style)
  • Iron-On Vinyl (optional – for the pirate style)

Every day home items turned into cute kid craft boats

What to Do:

Cut the top off of the plastic cups. Depending on your kids this might be an adult job. Cut the straws down to be your desired staff size. Tape the straw to the inside of the cup. I found that duct tape worked best for this. It held strong even after being played with in the water.

For the tape flags (clear boat): Next take a piece of tape for the flag and place the center of the tape on the straw and fold the tape in half so that it is folded around the straw. Then cut the end of the tape to make a flag design.

super cute pirate ships made from plastic cups. Great summer craft for the kids

For the fabric flags (red boat): Next cut 2 identical flag pieces out of fabric. You can cut it on the fold or simply sew up the edge. With right sides out sew around all the edges leaving a small opening big enough to slide onto the straw. If you want to add a design to your flag like I did you can cut out some iron-on vinyl and iron it onto your flag. If you’ve never used iron-on vinyl I’m a huge fan and think you should check it out. It’s super fun stuff. You can find my step by step tutorial on how to use iron on vinyl. Once your flag is ready you can just slide it onto the straw and you’re good to go.

awesome and easy plastic cup craft projects. Perfect Summer kid project

Float your boats to your hearts content.

Originally shared as a part of Design Dazzle’s Summer Camp Series on May 26, 2015.

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  1. So cute and I bet the kiddos have a blast with them in the tub or pool. Thank you for sharing at Share It One More Time. Cathy

  2. These are so adorable. Thanks for posting. Hello from Melt in Your Mouth Monday.

  3. Such a cute Idea, can’t wait to try it :)

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