Cardboard Pirate Ship Wagon for Kids

DIY pirate ship wagon
Check out this adorable cardboard pirate ship I made for my boys! We are attending the Children’s Gasparilla Parade this weekend in Tampa. It’s a huge celebration that takes place every year in January. I wanted the boys to ride in style so I decided to turn their wagon into a cardboard pirate ship. It’s a cool way to transport the kids to the parade since they will also be dressed up as pirates. You only need a few supplies to complete this DIY cardboard pirate ship wagon for kids.
DIY cardboard pirate ship wagon



  • Wagon
  • Cardboard box (Large…mine is 22” x 18” x 18”)
  • Box cutter or scissors
  • Ruler
  • Acrylic paint (brown, yellow and black…you can use any color)
  • Foam paint brush
  • Toilet paper or paper towel rolls
  • Hardwood Dowel (3/8″) *Optional
  • Felt (red, white and black) *Optional
  • Packing tape (Gorilla tape worked best for me)
large cardboard box
Freehand your pirate ship onto the cardboard and cut out parts for the side of the wagon. I used a ruler to help measure everything. After you make the first side, make the second one by tracing the finished cut out onto the cardboard.
cardboard box for wagon
Next, add windows before painting the ship. You can outline the windows using a permanent marker to avoid painting over the window. Using a foam brush, paint the ship using the acrylic paint. You can add “planks” of wood to the ship by using a permanent marker or black paint. This takes a lot of time so that step is optional. 
cardboard before it's painted for the wagon
Make the cannons out of toilet paper or paper towel rolls then attach them to the ship with hot glue.
The flag is made of felt.  I cut out the skull and crossbones and hot glued it on. Use the hot glue gun to make a fold on the side of the flag to attach to hardwood dowel. To attach the cardboard to the wagon, use a lot of tape to secure it. Now your child is ready for Gasparilla or Halloween in their cardboard pirate ship.
diy pirate ship wagon using a cardboard box

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