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How To Recycle Wine Corks Into a Kids Pirate Ship

Have your kids ever read a book or seen a movie and immediately fallen so in love with one aspect of the storyline that they suddenly want to incorporate that person or idea into just about anything they do? Well, our kids go through a phase like this with new and different things just about any time they see an exciting new movie or hear a new story for the first time, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t one or two themes that have really stuck around. Whenever this happens, I always try to find cute, easy ways to incorporate whatever the thing they love most in that moment is into our “crafternoons”, just to keep them feeling as excited as possible about DIY projects and their other interests all a once. Lately they’ve had a rather pervasive interest in pirates, which is how I came up with this super cool DIY wine cork pirate ship idea that actually floats!

Wine bottle cork pirate ship

Wine bottle cork pirate ship diy

By now, our kids have made so many of these funny little cork pirate ships that they practically run a whole fleet. As usual, I made sure to document the whole DIY process of how they’re made so I could share it with other crafty parents whose kids love pirates and pirate ships just as much as ours do. Check out these step by step instructions complete with photos! If you’d rather follow along with a video tutorial instead of written words, scroll to the bottom of this post to find just what you’re looking for.

Wine bottle cork pirate ship project

For this project, you’ll need:

  • Three wine bottle corks
  • Felt (gray, black, and white)
  • A black marker 
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue
  • A wooden kebab skewer

Wine bottle cork pirate ship for kids

Wine bottle cork pirate ship decor

Step 1:

Gather your materials!

Wine bottle cork pirate ship materials

Step 2:

First, cut out a two inch by two inch square from your white felt and use your black marker to draw the shape of a skull and the shape of cross bones, complete with eye sockets and tooth details; this will be part of your ship’s pirate flag. Cut the skull and cross bones out and set them aside for a moment.

Step 3:

Cut two long strips from your grey felt. These will be the “ropes” that hold your cork ship together. I made mine about a centimetre wide and the whole length of my felt sheet’s shorter edge.