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Yo ho, me harties! International Talk Like a Pirate Day be coming up on September 19th. It’s one of the few days of the year that I can overlook grammar and spelling in the name of talking like a pirate. I blame this partially on a lifelong love of the ride, Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland… only to be fueled further when one of my favorite actors took on the iconic role of Captain Jack Sparrow. But I digress. I’ve teamed up with a fabulous group of bloggers to aid you in your swashbuckling adventures and to celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day in whatever way you see fit. Squeaker and I made a colorful toilet paper roll pirate captain and his (or her) faithful first mate.

Ceebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day with this fun toilet paper roll pirate craft.

I think we’ll expand on this one a little bit and make it into a bit of a tot school theme for her. While she wasn’t too hands on with making the pirates, she did have fun playing with them. I also talked to her about the colors that were used while putting them together.

toilet paper roll pirates supplies

Supplies Used:

  • Craft sticks
  • googly eyes (optional)
  • construction paper
  • glue or a gluestick
  • toilet paper rolls
  • Sharpie
  • scissors
  • pipe cleaners


The assembly process is super easy and simple, and I’m sure you could make a more complicated/complex looking pirate depending on how much time you want to spend. I know I could have decorated mine a bit more, but we went with a more simple approach.

First, after cutting a strip of paper, I glued the paper to the toilet paper roll. This serves as the jacket/pants combo for your pirate. Then, I poked holes in the side of the toilet paper roll and threaded a pipe cleaner through.

After that, I cut a triangle shape from the construction paper and glued that to the top of the toilet paper roll. For the captain, he/she got a feather. I also decided that my captain was going to have a peg leg of sorts, so he/she only got one craft stick. To put that in, I put glue on half of the stick and then affixed it to the inside of the toilet paper roll.

Once that was dry, I drew a face with the sharpie (including eye patch) and then used a googly eye.

toilet paper roll pirates captain

The process for creating the first mate was very similar, though here are the main differences:

  • smaller strip of construction paper
  • two craft sticks instead of one for legs
  • no feather in the hat
  • no eye patch or googly eye

toilet paper roll pirate first mate

I used about half the strip of paper for the pants and for the colorful part, I used a cupcake liner.

I also made our pirates a makeshift boat using my limited gift wrapping skills, another craft stick and a triangular piece of paper for the sail.

toilet paper roll pirate play

Squeaker was surprisingly gentle when playing with the pirates… or at least as gentle as a toddler can be 😉

Are you going to celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day?


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Celebrate Talk Like a Pirate day with this fun and colorful toilet paper roll pirate craft.
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Helen @ Peakle Pie
8 years ago

ARRRR! We think these are really cute! Thank you for joining in with Pirates! Blog Hop on Peakle Pie!

Emma @ P is for Preschooler
8 years ago

Very cute! I love the eye patch and the peg leg!

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