{DIY} My Pirate Mast Centerpiece

Posted on June 1,2012 by Jennifer

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!



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6 Responses to “{DIY} My Pirate Mast Centerpiece”

  1. July 08, 2012 at 7:05 pm, {let's have a} Pirate Party! | Celebrating everyday life with Jennifer CarrollCelebrating everyday life with Jennifer Carroll said:

    […] You can learn to make my Pirate Sail Centerpiece here. […]


  2. October 18, 2012 at 3:50 pm, Kim said:

    I’m wondering how you secured the mast to the table. I would love to use this idea for centerpieces for a large banquet coming up, but I can’t figure out how to secure them to the table (rented tables so we cannot damage them). Any advice would be greatly appreciated!


    • October 18, 2012 at 5:18 pm, Jennifer said:

      > Hi Kim! The piece of plywood that I used in step 5 was wide enough (approximate 2 foot square) to keep the sail stable as long as there wasn’t a strong breeze. Does that make sense? If you have more questions please ask! Thanks so much for visiting! Good luck with your project!! ~ Jennifer


  3. May 29, 2013 at 11:26 pm, Lani said:

    Awesome decorations. May I ask how you attached the pirate flag to the canvas.



    • May 30, 2013 at 8:48 am, Jennifer said:

      > Hi Lani, In Step 4 I pin it (with safety pins). You could also sew it. Good luck with your pirate mast!!


  4. August 25, 2014 at 1:23 pm, How to Host a Pirate Party | About Family Crafts said:

    […] and pirate flags galore will help bring everything together for you. You could even make a ship mast centerpiece to make your table look like a pirate […]


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