A pirate theme room is lots of fun for a boy or girl. There are lots of pirate theme accessories on the market to suit any budget. Try pirate wall stickers, red, black and white striped curtains, or framed maps for an easy room transformation. If you're ready for a more involved creative project, you could try making a scene to decorate a whole wall.
I made this pirate ship and wave set for my son's bedroom wall. I wasn't able to paint on the walls directly so made a removable scene which I fixed to the wall with picture pins. (You could also use removable sticky picture fixers).
I cut a pirate ship hull shape out of corrugated cardboard. I recycled a moving box which I opened out flat to get piece of cardboard large enough. I bought an offcut of thin brown leather from a remnant shop and cut this into strips. I glued the leather strips onto the pirate ship hull with PVA white glue and trimmed round the edge when dry.
Cardboard backing for ship and templates for sails
To make port holes, I glued three large brass curtain rings on with super glue.
The masts were made from bamboo garden canes, cut to size. I cut sails out of red, black and white ripstop fabric. It doesn't fray so didn't need edged. I sewed a wide hem along the top edge of each sail and slid the horizontal canes through the hems. I attached the sails to the vertical canes with a hand stitch around the canes where there crossed. For the top triangle sail, I sewed a seam down one edge and slid the cane through the seam. The red and white sail was made by sewing strips of white ripstop fabric onto a piece of red ripstop fabric. For the skull and cross bones flag, I used white fabric paint on black ripstop fabric.
I attached the jib sail with string from the front of the ship to the top of the mast.
I mounted the pirate ship onto the wall with some small picture hanging pins through the sails and hull.
For the sea, I cut waves out of corrugated cardboard and covered them with blue ripstop fabric (glued on). I then fixed the waves to the wall with small picture pins. This was overall quite fiddly but the finished waves looked quite striking. You could also try fixing ruched blue fabric to the wall or paint waves on directly onto the wall.
To finish off, I added a whirling sea rug.
Have you made a pirate themed bedroom or playroom? Please do share a photo of your creation via the comments forum.