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Easy Plastic Cup Pirate Boat Tutorial

These little boats can be made so quickly and you most likely to have everything you need already on hand in your house.
Keyword: DIY, Iron On, Kids



  • 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
  • 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.

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.
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