Here's what you'll need:
- Two pieces of cardboard (as big as possible – you can see how big theirs are relative to the scissors and plate). (Use more to build a full ship)
- Stanley knife (much better than scissors for this craft)
- Acrylic paints in blue, white, gold (or yellow) and brown
- Duct tape
Have one of our wonderful Pirates come and teach pirate lesson (how to properly say "arrrr!"), do face painting (scars and eye patches and tattoos!), twist balloon swords for each of your guests, and play Pirate games (Walk the Plank, Cannonball toss, etc), then pose for pictures with your guests. :)
Here are a couple examples of fantastic cardboard ships to get your imagination going:
Here's the full tutorial from Party Delights.
While you're at it, why not print out these great photo booth props from Today's Parent?