I am SO excited to share this budget friendly pirate party today! I had a vision for a DIY pirate ship bow, and I was able to put it together using free pallet wood. In fact, this whole party set up was less than $75! And, it is perfect for Summer parties, or even Halloween celebrations! We will be reusing it all for trunk or treat this Halloween.
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Pirate parties are one of my very favorite party themes. I love them for Halloween celebrations and summer birthdays. It’s such a fun theme for kids and adults.
Several years ago I styled a Pirate and Mermaid Skeleton Halloween Party at the beach. It was so much fun!
And, this Pirate Party with Cricut is still one of my very favorite parties EVER!
DIY Pirate Ship Bow Table
This party table took some DIY, but it was totally FREE to make. I went to a local shipping place and spoke with the owner, and he puts his pallets by the dumpster for me to grab when I need one. Recently there was an amazing pallet made with nearly a full sheet of plywood. I loaded it up, and brought it home and got to work. I cut the pallet in half and secured the sides together in a V shape with screws. You could do the same with traditional pallets too. Once the V shape was built, my husband used our RotoRazer to create shallow grooves in the plywood to mimic the look of wood planks. Then, we secured some plywood to the top. Finally, we used a small shop torch to burn the wood and bring out the wood grain.
Once the ship’s bow was finished, we used a jig saw to cut out the ship’s wheel. We used the torch to burn that as well. We used scrap wood and an old sheet to make the mast and sail. But, I wanted it to look worn and old, so I used candles to burn and distress the sheet. We put the mast and sail in the ground to hold it, but it could be placed in a bucket of dirt too.
Budget Friendly Pirate Party
Finally, it was time to decorate the ship. I created a crate and barrel with cardboard boxes and spray paint. They were perfect in front the ship’s bow with a small treasure chest, some beads, and a gold pitcher.
Before I added anything to the top of the table, I secured some inexpensive fish nets to the top and sides with staples. Then, I added a few fake star fish in the nets. I placed a cake plate with a simple naked cake on it on the table. A smaller cake plate with a mini treasure chest, some beads, and cookies was placed in front of it. On the opposite side of the table I added a basket of tropical fruit and a lantern.
I filled the rest of the table space with beads, smaller lanterns, a pirate gun, some glass bottles, and gold treasures.
Finally, a skeleton was added behind the ship’s wheel. I put a fun pirate hat on the skeleton to complete the set up.
I spent about $50 for everything I purchased. But, I did have a lot already too.