Thursday, March 27, 2014

Make Pirate Props for Under $3!

One of the most important things we mommies do is encourage our children's imaginations.  Every week, my kids are pretending to be something else, sometimes an animal and sometimes a desk lamp.  We're a strange family.  But what is a thrifty crafter to do when her youngest son is begging to be a pirate?  I thought you'd never ask.

If your kids are anything like my kids, they are constantly dressing up like characters.  I mean, I know on my blog there are several pictures of the kids wearing Halloween costumes even when it wasn't Halloween.  Playing pretend is a timeless tradition, I suppose!

I love to encourage their little imaginations, but I don't want to spend a ton of money... and if I can help it, I'd like to not even leave the house to make it happen.  And so, I present to you, pirate props for under $3!

I took a sheet of newspaper and folded it in half...

Folded the top into a triangle...

I cut a few inches off the bottom...

And then I folded the bottom on both sides.  Voila, a pirate hat!

Total cost: $0.00.

Next, I grabbed a plastic hanger and a styrofoam cup:

And then I cut the top off the hanger...

Cut a hole through the cup...

And then I put the hanger top through.  I taped it in place like so...

And then added some foil to the hook.

To finish it off, I pulled an old dress sock over the cup.  Boom.  Pirate hook.

Total cost: I bought the cups, a 16-pack was $0.97.  So far, we're at less than a dollar!

And what pirate costume would be complete without an eye patch?  Some foam and elastic, and I was in business:

I cut out a patch shape...

And then strung the elastic cord right through...

Total cost: $0.38 for the foam sheet and $0.97 for the elastic.

Of course, if you have these supplies on hand, you'll pay nothing at all and you'll bring happiness to your children.  ARRRRR! (That's 'awesome' in pirate-speak.

Fun was had by all!  Until they made me walk the plank, that is.  This is a brutal family, I tell you.

And check out this great new movie from the world of Peter Pan, an all-new Tinker Bell movie: Disney's The Pirate Fairy. Own it on Blu-ray™ and Digital HD April 1! 

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