Avast you scurvy dogs! Ye be wanten’ some games to play with your band of pirates? Here be what you need. Inspired by several ideas from the web – here are detailed instructions on how to make a Captain Hook’s ring toss with a free over sized printable to make it easy! Final Size is 28 inches by 41 – but print shops can shrink it if they can’t accommodate the 41 inch size.
For this project you will need:
Fleece Fun’s Free Captain Hood Ring Toss Printable
5 -7 pirate play hooks ( I found mine at hobby lobby , but I am sure you can find them at any party supply store)
Minwax finishing wood cloths ( optional – but it looks cool)
an over-sized piece of foam core (I found mine at Hobby Lobby)
A regular sized piece of foam core.
50′ long 3/8″ manila rope (I bought a package of it at Home Depot)
14 Feet of 1 inch natural rope ( again got it at Home Depot)
Spray on adhesive
Glue gun and glue sticks
X-acto knife, ruler (rotary cutter – optional)
Pirate Party Game: Captain Hook’s Ring Toss Tutorial
Step 1 – Print up the Pirate game
Get the printable printed up. Because this is large you’ll need to have it printed at a place that does engineering prints. I use my local Office Max – you can even upload the file online and then they’ll tell when it’s ready to pick up. Make sure that what you’re printing is and engineering print and not a full color poster – to print this up it cost me under $4.00 but a color poster would cost me $40.00! Big difference – always ask and double check.
Step 2 – Tint the poster
You can just leave the poster black and white and skip this step. But this is really easy and fun to do and adds a lot of “character” to the game. Since the poster is a plain black and white , to give it a more “wood” look wipe it with furniture staining cloths.
I used Minwax’s stain cloths , they run under $8 have 8 wipes in them and include gloves. (Confession – I got these for free in a swag bag). For the game it took about 2 cloths to cover it. Don’t worry about it being perfectly even – it adds to the look!
Let the poster dry for at least 2 hours – I let mine dry overnight.
Step 3 – Mount the print to the foam core
Using the spray on adhesive spray the wrong side of the print and glue it to the foam core. Once the adhesive is dry. Cut away an excess foam core on the sides using either your x-acto knife or rotatory cutter. Save the excess you cut – we’ll be suing it. Tip: I like to use a rotary blade that’s starting to get too dull for fabric use – by using it on foam core it will definitely be too dull to use again.
Step 4 – Cut holes for the Captain’s “hooks”
To make the hooks more sturdy and to make it so the game can collapse down easier we’re going to cut holes. Using on of your store bought pirate hooks as a template figure out where you would like to place them on the board and trace the bottoms of them with a pencil ( note don’t put a hook near the edge – we need a place to put the supports). This will be where you will need to cut holes with your x-acto knife to place the hooks in. Cut out the holes. Test the holes to make sure the hooks will sit in there. Tip: It is always better to cut too little than too much – you can always go back and shave it down more if you need to. Take the pirate hooks out – we’ll put them back later. Set aside.
Step 5 – Make the supports
Using a standard size piece of foam core, cut it in half on the diagonal. To give the board a slight “pitch” Cut off the short side of the triangle at an angle ( see photo). Cut the same angle on the other piece so they are identical. Note – I cut off a little bit, tested it, then cut off a little bit more to get the angle I wanted.
Now draw a line about a quarter of the way in from the top on the longest angled side, about two inches long and draw another line a quarter of the way in from the bottom. Draw the same marks on the other piece in the same spots. Using your x-acto knife cut out notches big enough to slide in a piece of foam core. Check to see that it will fit using once of the pieces cut off from the front board.( should be a tight fit). You should have two notches in each of your two back pieces for a total of four notches.
Step 6 – Attach the back supports
With the printed side face down, line up the shortest side of the triangle with the bottom of the of the board ( note make sure that it is the bottom of the board on the printed side). Using your ruler, draw a line down the side to give you a straight point of reference.
Snip the tape of the top of the triangle ( on the second side) to the triangle will fold flat.
Repeat on the other side. With triangle pointed out.
Insert your cross boards and test out our stand.
Once you’re happy with it, remove the back cross boards, fold in the triangles, and lay the board flat to finish decorating the Captain Hook Pirate Game.
Step 7 – Glue on the rope
With board flat, glue the 1 inch rope all the way around the edge to finish the look. Use the remainder to be the line from which you throw. Pop the Hooks back in and you are set to go! (Tip: the pirate hooks I got swiveled in the cup – so I hot glues them so they wouldn’t rotate).
Step 8 – Make the rings
Download the Printable here:
Click Photo of the gamer to download the file. For personal use only, not for sale or mass distribution. This is on “loan” only you have no rights to resell or distribute this artwork. Files is on the large side – be patient.
Other Pirate Party Ideas:
- 7 Pirate Party Games for a Hot Day
- Land Lubbers Dry Dock Sign
- Pirate Party Centerpieces
- How to build a Pirate Ship out of PVC Pipe
- Pirate Party Invitation Printable
- Pirate Hat, map and flags free printable Pack