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These instructions are for the crafting of a small Styrofoam pirate ship. This is a fun craft that actually floats. It will take some time and plenty of patience, but rest assured that the time you put into it is well worth it.
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Step 1: Materials and Tools

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- 2 Styrofoam blocks (2”x4”x12”)
- Dowel
- Fishing Line
- Gorilla Glue
- Sail Material (old T-shirt)
- Paper Clips

*Substitutions can be made with any common household item that might be laying around the house.

- Knife/Razor Blade
- Scissors
- Ruler/Tape measure
- Pen or Marker
- Stapler
- Hot glue gun
- Sandpaper (optional)

Step 2: Making of the Hull

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The hull is the watertight body of a ship or boat.

The Bow (front of the ship)

Creating the Template
1.) Draw a dashed centerline down the entire length of the Styrofoam 2” from each side. This is used only as a reference.
2.) Measure back 3” from the bow (front) of the boat and make marks on each side.
3.) Connect the end of the centerline to the two 3” marks with a solid line, as seen in the picture above.

1.) Carefully cut the outside triangles away by cutting along the solid line drawn. This can be done using a razor blade or kitchen knife.

*Note: The sharper the razor blade or knife is, the cleaner the cut will be.

CAUTION: Adult supervision is suggested, sharp objects may cause serious injuries.

For more accurate representation of the bow of the boat, shaping can be done.


SHIFT!4 years ago
Fun! I bet you could also add a small RC car motor to the mainstaff and make the boat remote controlled!
that would be awesome!
hrodriguez73 years ago
to cu the foam you could also use a turkey carver, right?