This fun pirate craft for kids doubles as a finger puppet.

by Amanda Formaro

Make several with your friends, using different colored paper for each one and make an entire scurvy crew. Make it a full afternoon of being a pirate by making this play sword as well!


If you're going to play like a pirate, you have to be able to talk like one too. Here are some pirate sayings and what they mean!

  1. Ahoy Matey! (Hello friend or shipmate)
  2. Shiver Me Timbers! (exclamation of surprise)
  3. Me hearty (my friend)
  4. Seadog (experienced seaman)
  5. Avast (stop and look)
  6. Aye Aye (yes, I ™ll do it)
  7. Booty (treasure)
  8. Landlubber (person who lives or works on land)
  9. Jolly Roger (skull and crossbones pirate flag)


  • 4-inch cardboard tube
  • Black and white paper
  • Red and peach crayon
  • 2 googly eyes
  • 5-inch square piece of bandana or fabric
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Glue stick
  • Black marker
  • Glue the edges of the black and white paper together.
  • You will need 1 1/2 inches of black and 2 1/2 inches of white.
  • Color the top 1 1/2 inches of the white paper with a peach crayon.
  • On the remaining white paper, draw red stripes.
  • Glue the finished paper around the cardboard tube.
  • Fold the fabric square in half, point to point, to create a triangle.
  • Lay the peach end of the cardboard tube onto the straight edge of the fabric.
  • Bring one corner of the triangle up around the tube and glue in place.
  • Fold the top part of the triangle down onto the tube and glue in place.
  • Fold the third corner around the tube and glue in place.
  • Fold a piece of black paper in half and cut a fat S shape, keeping the top of the S  at the crease in the paper. Unfold and glue mustache to the face.
  • Glue googly eyes in place.
  • Cut a small black triangle for the beard and glue in place.
  • add eyebrows with black marker.

Yo Ho Ho! Hope you have fun time making this project Matey!

Looking for more? Try my paper bag pirate puppet too!