Add to the fun ( and comfort) of your pirate party with this fun Jumbo sign! This free pirate Party sign printable says “Land Lubber’s Dry Dock. Avast ye scurvy dogs! This be a dry zone! Nothin’ wet past this point. By order of Black Beard. ”
For our pirate party I had our porch designated as the dry zone for the adult to enjoy some snacks and (dry) conversation, while the kids played water games in the yard (you can check out my water game ideas here).
This sign is big – so you will need to order an “engineering” print from your local print shop. The printable is designed to fit 2 on a single print.
For this project you will need:
Fleece Fun’s free printable (see below) printed on an engineering print
Minwax finishing wood cloths (optional – but it looks cool)
A regular sized piece of foam core.
14′ long 3/8″ manila rope (I bought a package of it at Home Depot)
Spray on adhesive
X-acto knife, ruler (rotary cutter – optional)
Pirate Party Sign Printable Tutorial
Step 1 – Print up the Sign
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.
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 poster. 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 poster it took about 1 cloth 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 2 – Tint the poster
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. 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
With board flat, glue the all the way around the edge to finish the look. Cut slits into the top and bottom and thread rope thru to tie to a post.
I have a few more ideas you might like:
Pirate Party invitation ideas and a free printable for you! Get that here.
Learn how to set up and invite friends to your even via Facebook – and there’s free timeline art you can use to keep the Pirate theme going! You can get that here.
Download the Printable Below:
Other Pirate Party Ideas:
- Captain Hooks Ring Toss Game
- 7 Pirate Party Games for a Hot Day
- 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