Ahoy Matey! Planning a pirate party and need a little decor inspiration? I shared details about this party on this post. Today, I’m going to share my DIY pirate mast tutorial with you. It’s actually pretty simple to make and will really WOW your shipmates!

You will need:
1 – wooden rod (like a closet rod)
3 – four foot long dowels that are about 1/2” around.
2 – Long screws with wing nuts (screws need to be long enough to go through the rod & the dowel)
1 – 4’ sheet of canvas for the sail. (I used a drop cloth from the Lowe’s painting dept.)
1 pirate flag (I got mine at Oriental Trading Co. here)
1 paper “Yo-Ho” flag (available on my etsy shop here)
1 red bucket

step 1 –
Lay your main rod on the ground and lay your canvas sail on top to determine where to place your dowels. Using a pencil mark the dowels where they intersect.

step 2 –
Drill a hole in each dowel & the rod. connect with long screws and wing nuts.

step 3 –
Set bucket on end of main rod and drill a hole in the bottom of the bucket. Run remaining dowel through hole and attach the dowel to the main rod with a screw or wrap tightly with twine. Then, use a screw to secure the bucket to the main rod (through the bottom of the bucket).

step 4 –
Cut a slit diagonally in each corner of the canvas to tie onto dowels. Pin the pirate flag to the center of the canvas sail.

step 5 –
I anchored my sail onto a piece of plywood by creating a socket out of pvc pipe and attaching it to the wood. But you could also steady it in a patio umbrella base.

Want even more pirate party inspiration? Check out my Pirate Pinboard on Pinterest here!

Thanks to Jen Fariello for taking the fab photo!

Yo-ho!

Jennifer

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