At our Pirate Party we covered the island in our kitchen with a water and sand decor, creating a place for our watermelon pirate ship and veggie island. They were a hit with our guests.
I used blue Easter grass for the water. Placed a couple of my agua glass rectangle dished for the sword picks and veggie and fruit dips. Then topped if off with our ship.
How to make the ship: hollow out a watermelon shell, making sure you angle the opening to look like a ship. then to make the masts, I used to bread kneaders that are mixer attachments and tied on the paper masts. then you fill the watermelon up with all your fruits. we used pineapple, cantelope, grapes and of course watermelon 🙂
Here is my model Jonathan showing off the ship.
Now we take a few steps over and we arrive at Veggie Island. The mounds are cabbage halfs. then to make the palm trees. take a carrot and make notches criss crossing down the carrot to look like the bark of a palm tree, using toothpicks, place them in the bottom of the carrot and poke into the cabbages. then make zip zags through the middle of a green bell pepper and separate. take more toothpicks, half them and attach the green bell pepper to the top of the carrots. Now to make the sand. I used brown sugar and it looked awesome.
We decided that we would not only use these photo tags to play the “who am I game” but also to divide our guests into 2 teams for games. So we chose to take characters from the movie Goonies and Pirates of the Caribbean.
I first typed up all the names using a pirate text and printed onto a white sheet of cardstock paper.
Then using both red and white inks I spotted and smeared color onto the names.
Now cut them out.
Glue them onto a black cardstock sheet of paper and cut around them again. (Leave a little more black on the bottom of the photos for embellishments)
print out photos using the wallet size onto another sheet of white cardstock. Cut around these, mount them on black cardstock and cut around them again also.
I used a brown/green raffia ribbon.
pull on the raffia and expand it.
Tie around the bottom of the mounted photo and tie into a knot.
Now add the cut and mounted name onto the photo.
Last but not least. adding a safety pin to the back. I used large safety pins to make it easy to pin onto a guest.
Taking a piece of tape. Place it over the pin and tape to the back of the photo tag. you are now finished.
characters that we made are:
Goonies: Mikey, Brand, Chunk, Mouth, Andy, Stef, Data, Sloth, Jake Fratelli, Francis Fratelli,, Mama Fratelli, One Eyed Willie
Pirates of the Caribbean: Captain Jack Sparrow, Pintel, Captain Barbossa, Ragetti, William Turner, Elizabeth Swann, Davy Jones, Captain Sao Feng, Boot Strap Bill Turner, Captain Blackbeard.
Today I am going to teach you how to make chocolate covered pretzels.
I used these at my Pirate party, as Peg legs.
Items you will need are a bag of long large straight pretzels, a bag of chocolate (I used semi sweet chocolate chips) and sprinkles or nuts.
Melt your chocolate it a microwave safe container. Start off with a minute and then 15 second increments until it is totally melted. Be careful not to heat to long, chocolate can burn easily.
Using a spoon I would take a couple pretzels at a time and spoon melted chocolate 2/3rd’s of the way up the pretzel. Then I would tap the pretzel in the bowl to remove excess chocolate.
Now take a sheet of waxed paper and lay on the bottom of a cookie sheet. Once you finish adding chocolate onto your pretzel lay on top of waxed paper.
Add sprinkles, nuts or swirl a different color chocolate onto the chocolate dipped part of pretzel.
Continue until you have a complete row on waxed paper.
Once I finished all of the pretzels and the were all layed out. I placed in the freezer for and hour to set. These were a hit at the party and we all love the sweet and salty taste. mmmmm
I decided to tackle part of the beverage last night. So I emptied my ice cube trays last night and put together the ice cubes for my “Beware of Sharks” Punch.
I used Langers Cranberry Plus 100% Juice (instead of the cocktail juice).
Then using the gummi sharks you can find in the candy bins at your local health store. I placed a shark in each cube spot.
I poured the cranberry juice into a measuring cup because it had a pouring spout.
Now you just have to let them freeze.
This morning I broke them out of the trays and placed them in a freezer zip lock bag. Ready for there performance on saturday.
Another fantastic tutorial on how to make pirate eye patches.
I can hear what you are thinking, I have been posting a ton of stuff on pirate party items. well after this weekend you will have full blown photos of my pirate party. and let me tell you all, you are all going to simply love it.
Anyway back to the how-to today.
I printed off a pirate patch and cut around the design to use as a template.
Place the design on the whatever material you choose to use for the project. I chose to use 2 different shades of felt.
Now that the design is in place, use a pen, marker or pencil to trace around the design. Continue this process until you reach the number of patches you need.
Here you can see I chose a red and a green felt and have traced many patches.
Time to cut them all out now.
To make the holes more sturdy and so that the ribbon or thick thread you chose to use won’t pull through the felt. I used eyelets in a variety of colors.
Once the eyelets were attached to the patches. I used a thick black thread to make the straps. and now you are finished unless you decide to bling them out on the front or add a skull to the front.
Today I designs and created a Pirate skull door hanger for my upcoming party. It is going to look fantastic on my door with a beware sign next to it.
Below is a sneak peak of the project completed.
To make my wall hanging I had to purchase 3 items that I didn’t have on hand. First was a clear tubing I purchased at home depot for $2.50.
I also used floral wire, purchased at walmart for $1.00.
and the last thing I purchased was a plant support at home depot for $2.99
Using the large circle wire off of the plant support. I bent the circle into a skull shape.
Now to make the bones that you need to attach to the sides of the skull before adding anything else.
Cut off a 12 inch piece of the clear tubing. then take one strip of floral wire and thread through the tubing. You should have about an inch hanging out of each end of the tubing.
Bend tube in half.
holding both sides of the tube, bend and contort your tubing to look like a bone.
Add the 4 bones to the skull frame by twisting the end wires around the frame.
It is now time to add more floral wire to the interior of the skull frame. I added circles for the eyes and lines for the teeth area.
I decided to use brown and white tulle to add color and dimension. I started on the eye sockets alternating the brown and white all the way around. Just make sure the brown is pulled toward the inside eye socket and the white is pulled outward.
Here I will show you how to make the teeth. I attached 3 straight lines across the mouth area. First tie the tulle to the middle line.
then tie it to the bottom line
last but not least tie it to the top line. remember to alternate the brown and the white when you are crossing.
After you finish the teeth, you will now need to fill in the remainder of the skull with white.
I made a sturdy backing with mat board. I laid the frame on the mat board, traced around the edge and then cut it out on the mat board. I needed 2 mat board for this and needed to wire them together.
Here is the final product. I will show pictures later on when I get the chance to hang it on my front door.
Today I made the pirate food labels for my upcoming “Pirate Party”.
First things first I sat down with a notepad and pen and wrote down all of my dishes and sweets I planned on having. Then I did some research on the web and a lot of thinking to come up with some funny and entertaining names for my food.
A few examples were: Goonie Dubloon’s, Beware the Shark punch. etc.
Next I pulled up word on my computer and found a Pirate like font and typed all of the names out and printed them on a cream colored card stock sheet.
I wanted to rough up the edges a bit and make the paper look a little older without having to go to the long process of using teabags to age them.
so I grabbed a Distress Ink Pad. The one I used was Tim Holz’s Walnut stain.
Freshly printed, this is how the label looks:
After applying the distress ink around the edges and scuffing the top a bit, it looks like the label has been around since the days of the Barbary Pirates.
Next it was time to mount each of the food tags onto 2 other pieces of paper to add color and depth. So I used a sheet of black card stock and a sheet of scrapbook paper from Rusty Pickle called Mayflower.
I glued my name sheet to the striped paper first then after cutting around the edges. I then glued in onto the black paper.
My next step was to add holes to each side so that I could attach the label to the container. Now I don’t plan on putting holes in all of them because I plan on putting some of the labels next to the plate instead.
I wanted to add one more touch to my labels so I decided to use bronzed mica flakes from Stampendous. I dabbed a little bit of glue where I wanted to apply the fragments. After that I used a q tip. dampened a little on one end, to grab the flakes and apply them.
These are some shots of what the label will look like once you have wrapped the twine around the container. This is my apothecary cooler. I plan on having my “Beware the Shark” punch in it. I wanted you to see how the twine is wrapped around the container and holds the label on the front.
And here is a back shot.
Yo ho, yo ho, a Pirates life for me.
Today I made a pattern for a pirates chest. here is the finished product. it looks so cute. it is about 3 inches high and 2 1/2 inches wide
it took me a little tweaking to get it right.. here are a few examples.
here is the final pattern and I added wood grain to the sides that would show.
then I plunked it down on my copy machine, put in some light brown card stock and printed the bad boy out.
I can’t wait to fill it with goodies and bling it out with some jewels.
So I guess it’s not completely finished. I will post pictures later when it is all shiny with jewels