At Coombe Mill we have a weekly activity session on a Friday afternoon as a fun way to round off a holiday here. We usually do something crafty with the kids, often with an educational bias to aid imaginative play and to help with fine or gross motor skills whilst also having fun. The results are used to decorate areas of the farm or for the children to take home with them as keepsakes. We have had a few fun sessions with pirate themed afternoons which both boys and girls age 2 to 7 have adored. I thought I’d share some of the more popular simple pirate crafts for this. It would make a great birthday party theme for a cheap at home celebration with all the fun of a more elaborate event.
Pirate Eye Patches
What you’ll need:-
Download our printable eye patch design below and cut the shape out.
Lay the cut out on black thick paper or card and draw round. Cut out the shape on your black card.
Measure the string around the child’s head with it so that it lays just over the eyebrows and allow an extra 10 cm for tying.
Fold over the top tab of eye patch, tuck the string into the fold and staple so that it won’t fall off.
Place the eye patch around the child’s head and tie it, making sure it’s not too tight.
What you’ll need:-
Cardboard (we used a cereal box at double thickness)
Draw a cutlass shape on the cardboard, or use our printable template below, then cut it out and place it to one side.
Draw an oblong with a thin long rectangle inside of it, or use our printable template below then cut out being careful of fingers when cutting the inside rectangle
Cover the hilt and body of the cutlass in tinfoil.
Cut the tin foil along the hole you made in the hilt earlier.
Slide the hilt up over the main part of the cutlass until it stops.
Click on the picture below to open up the printable template
Do pop back next week where I’ll be expanding on the theme of simple pirate crafts with how to make a Treasure Chest, Treasure Map and a Pirate Ship. Add all these together and it makes a great afternoon of fun and games for little ones with plenty of opportunity to let their imagination develop.
A Vlog of How to Make Simple Pirate Crafts of a Eye Patch and Cutlass
Joining in with Trash 2 Treasure
If you have post about something you have made with something from nature or something you would have otherwise have thrown away please come and share on Trash 2 Treasure. The linky will run on the 1st Monday of every month and stay open for the full month. Posts can take any form, all that matters is that the item made has primarily been upcycled from something of little value or found in nature. Leaves and loo rolls, sticks and staples, there are so many throw away items which, with a little imagination, can be turned into something of value. Most of my something from nothing craft tutorials will come from fun keepsakes we have made with the children in our farm activity hour but sometimes I will share bigger upcycling projects from Farmer Nick too. I hope through the linky to acquire some new ideas and I welcome all posts old and new.
A little extra from the awesome folk at Duck Tape Colours
Trash to Treasure is sponsored by Duck Tape Colours, makers of colourful tape to add pattern and sparkle to all your upcycling projects. My favourite upcycling post each month will receive 3 colourful rolls of tape to inspire your next project. Do check out their website for plenty of creative ideas.
My May winner of the duck tape colours is @PouchVintage from You, Me & Magoo with a great outdoor table from an old wooden cable real.
As always there were some wonderful upcycled ideas again last month, Please keep them coming.
“Tales from the farmers wife” shares life on our lovely holiday farm with Farmer Nick and our 6 children. Step into our beautiful 30 acres and experience nature close up with farming and educational crafts in stunning North Cornwall. Family, fun and adventure start here.