I blame my son for this! So I might have gone overboard, no pun intended, well...maybe. My son wanted to be Jake from Jake and the Neverland pirates and this is where I stopped myself.
I had some cardboard hanging out in the garage so I broke down the boxes and began taping up sides and fitting them to my wagon we have for the kids. After making my 9 month old's tulle costume I realized I didn't want to have to carry her the whole time to trick or treat so this was the coolest alternative.
Slowly I was able to get it right and just started to go tape crazy! Once the pieces were all secure, I used spray adhesive to adhere brown mailbox wrapping paper to cover the cardboard to give a clean finish to help the ship look more cohesive. Then I used a wrapping paper roll to make cannons and some paint to make windows and anchors.
Of course what is a pirate ship without a flag? I used foam sheets to make a flag that I glued to a wrapping paper roll.
Ta da! The kids thought it was pretty fun! I even got them dressed up for the picture taking session. I called this my practice run!