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Duck Tape Pirate Ship

Ducktivity provided by Whipperwhirl

I create many elaborate props - in my spare time - to shock and amuse guests at several parties my husband and I host a year. I choose to use Duck Tape in place of paint for its vibrant color, ease of use and durability.

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  • Step 1

    The ship was completely finished inside and out - there was a trap door in the back so that children could play inside and throw cannon balls (Duck Tape covered beach balls) at unfortunate passerby’s

  • Step 2

    At the party the croc, the shark and the skull island looked a bit different from the main picture as they were actually functional items - the shark was a place for people to put their soda cans, the croc sat on top of a garbage pail to eat garbage, and the island was just a regular skull instead of a "mouse" skull.

  • Step 3

    The chains, flag, anchor and even the treasure chest were also made of Duck Tape. I was especially proud of the treasure chest complete with a red Duck tape interior and latch - but this was where the children found their treasure at the end of the hunt and they were more impressed by the treasure.

  • Step 4

    After the party was over I didn’t have the heart to recycle it so I convinced my husband to let me cut the pieces up and use them as Halloween decoration at our campsite during our vacation at Disney world during Halloween 2009. In order to transport the ship to Disney world my husband had to drive from CT to Florida and it took 2 days of our vacation for me to reconstruct the pirate ship at our campsite. It was quite a sacrifice but it was so great seeing it sail again.

  • Step 5

    One fellow camper fell so in love with the ship that after we left Disney World she kept the pirate ship on her campsite through Thanksgiving until a storm finally took down the cardboard on December 4th 2009. If it had been made out of wood I’m sure it would still be going strong now -My husband says - Don't get any ideas!

  • Step 6

    A recent piece that I created was this crazy pirate ship. Originally constructed for my children’s joint birthday party in August of 2009. I started making the pirate ship in June of 2009. I used cardboard, white glue and Duck Brand Duct tape.


  • abbyr.7 about a month ago
    i think that wow is probably the beat way to describe this.

  • Codi about a month ago
    This is supposed to be a How-To, not a discription

  • eavs357 about a month ago

  • PKozma about a month ago

  • DreamingDuctTape about 2 months ago
    wow!! i wonder how long this took?

  • amortier about 2 months ago

  • hsa.de.16 about 2 months ago

  • duct_tape_styles about 2 months ago
    Looks extremly complicated

  • Liviejane102 about 2 months ago

  • justsomecrafts1214 about 2 months ago
    swag af

  • MaddieD about 2 months ago

  • cocoayayme about 3 months ago

  • dotdel59 about 3 months ago
    so cool

  • martabennett1971 about 3 months ago
    now that is a work of art for kids =)

  • johnwilliam about 3 months ago

  • allileigh about 3 months ago

  • Crafting Bug Seven about 3 months ago
    Awesomely amazing

  • danae.doan about 3 months ago

  • BubblesDuctTape about 3 months ago
    Wow that is awesome!!!!!!!! : 0

  • Geocacher about 3 months ago

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  • katrin96840 about 4 months ago
    how cool

  • ZaureK about 4 months ago

  • michael.mclean.7739 about 4 months ago
    love it

  • castlem about 4 months ago
    very cool

  • mackenziejones1686 about 4 months ago
    OMG that's so creative

  • abbyvernon about 4 months ago

  • danifani123 about 4 months ago

  • spikiy24 about 5 months ago
    My friend would LOVE this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jeremy Fitzgerald about 5 months ago
    omg lol thats like 500 dollars in tape there lol

  • Hoku about 5 months ago
    LOL that is a lot of tape

  • CrisZ about 5 months ago

  • DuckTapeFan2013 about 5 months ago
    LOL. This is awsome!

  • ducttapeswag105 about 5 months ago
    omg, absoulutly amazing

  • judy.suehrspellman about 5 months ago
    OH! MY! Amazing!

  • shana_neuman about 5 months ago

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  • kjharry about 6 months ago
    oh and how do u do the step by step

  • kjharry about 6 months ago

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  • CrisZ about 6 months ago

  • leahmurdoch67 about 6 months ago

  • donna.taylor.524 about 6 months ago
    This is so cool

  • danielle.george.984 about 6 months ago

  • Kaylee21 about 6 months ago

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  • DelaneyD about 7 months ago

  • writergirl9 about 7 months ago
    That's awesome!

  • bubby1993 about 7 months ago

  • tapetapestry about 7 months ago
    i would think! And a lot of time!

  • vickie.kulp about 7 months ago
    That's a lot of Duck Tape!

  • tduck about 7 months ago

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  • MrsGarbutt about 7 months ago
    what an incredible addition to your party!

  • shannan.robeton about 7 months ago

  • sgonz96840 about 7 months ago
    pretty amazing

  • sherry.meeks.96 about 7 months ago
    so cool

  • chloe817 about 8 months ago

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  • jessyka.dauphinais about 8 months ago

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  • sandra.lindleyhammar about 8 months ago

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  • erma.eggyful about 8 months ago
    wow that is awesome!

  • kylebuschfan about 8 months ago
    thats so cool!

  • elenaki44 about 8 months ago
    now that's amazing!

  • amytremmel about 8 months ago
    Mind blowing!

  • tikva6 about 11 months ago
    Never seen anything like this before! Stupendous!

  • catsimmie about 13 months ago
    OMG my son would die for something like this! Awesome work!

  • Luanajw about 15 months ago
    awesome job!

  • Zacky4 about 15 months ago
    WOW! This is amazing! I would not have had the patince to do something like that. It's mind-blowing

  • cookie monster10 about 16 months ago
    great idea...would be a great way to decorate homecoming floats or a Halloween party or something. cool

  • sheyshey13 about 17 months ago
    OMG That is so creative!!! Awesome Job

  • oriannacrafting about 18 months ago
    ::blinks:: woah!!! how much duck tape did you USE?!?!?!

  • pandas<3 about 21 months ago

  • liv4ever about 24 months ago
    ok first of all i have one thing to say... AWESOME MOST CREATIVE THING I HAVE EVER SEEN ON THIS WEBSITE! second... how many rolls did u use to make this? i am guessing a LOT!!!! did you end up having any left over? PLEASE ANSWER ME!! :D

  • kittylover about 25 months ago
    that is totally awesome! that must have taken the longest time and used a lot of duck tape! WOW!!!!!!

  • Peace,Love,Duct Tape,Mustashe about 25 months ago
    Omg that is amazing you a a duck tape wizard

  • Ricky Martin fan about 27 months ago

  • iriemater about 30 months ago
    aaaaawwwwwsssssooooommmmm eeeee!!!!!

  • Ladylynx3 about 32 months ago
    Awesome!! Keep doing what you do!

  • doodlebug4567 about 48 months ago
    one word. WOW.

  • soda about 49 months ago

  • im ducking! about 50 months ago
    1 word wow

  • duck ninja about 50 months ago

  • watsonmorgan0 about 50 months ago
    wow that is awesome. how many rolls did it take?

  • quint2011 about 51 months ago

  • cuppycake77 about 53 months ago
    this is wayyy better than a hammock

  • ducktapeduck about 54 months ago
    WHOW! alright, a few things... you must have a lot of time on your hands! next, this is amazing! next, this must have taken a lot of duck tape! i mean like over 150 rolls! next, how long did this take you!? next, OMG its amazing! next, IM SERIOUS! AMAZING!!

  • LuckyDuckie9 about 54 months ago
    okay so said this was duct tape... glue and cardboard.... umm cardboard wouldnt hold up people... DUH

  • bettyboorules about 54 months ago
    this is amazing! i cant imagin the time that went into this!

  • purpleduchess44 about 54 months ago
    that is the most awesome thing that i have ever seen!!!!!! (made out of duck tape)

  • peanut711 about 55 months ago
    How long did it take you to make all of it.

  • gottalaughsometimes about 55 months ago
    nice job that is amazing im sure ur kids r very happy :) u did awesome just doesnt say enough

  • Amazing Adhesive about 55 months ago
    that is amazing. i could probably never do anything like it. if anybody wants to see the things i make out of duck tape, they are on sale at my website. https://sites.google.com/site/amazingadhesive/home

  • theducktapegurlz about 55 months ago
    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

  • justducky26 about 55 months ago
    holy cow its amazing! i luv it

  • madeline1484 about 55 months ago
    oh my gosh that is amazing :) :) :0

  • juswakiforduckbrand about 55 months ago
    Ya know this is really Wonderful, can only imagine the time that went into this. I use to work at an elemantary school doing volunteer work for the teachers....and they got wind of my paper making skills....was asked to make a castle like in the Paper Princess fairy tale...this book was Awesome illustrated in Spain the artwork was spectacular. I was asked by a teacher to construct out of paper a life like(close to it, big enough for some 4th graders)a castle. Took me 4.5 days to complete...was given a 4x4 space to work with and with construction paper, butcher paper and some duct tape to hold it together...We had a six foot tall castle with peaks and the doorway was big enough for some of the 4th graders to stand in. Just imagine if it were out of duct tape period.....Whew what a concept... You have inspired me again. Thank YOU!!!!

  • dillion about 56 months ago
    Was that all just made out of duct tape or was it made with other stuff like carboard

  • tape girl about 56 months ago
    This is cool! Is it for sale?

  • Duct Tape Gurl:) about 56 months ago
    How long did this take u? It isTotally AMAZING!:)

  • Flower about 56 months ago
    Amazing!!! I could never make something as cool as that!!!!

  • Krafty04 about 56 months ago
    WOOOOOOOW!!!So cool

  • Krafty04 about 56 months ago
    WOOOOOOOW!!!So cool

  • lovebug166 about 56 months ago
    omg that is soo cool how long did that take to make it??????

  • WhatsUp about 56 months ago
    And I thought I was crazy making a vest out of all duck tape

  • kiwifruit16 about 56 months ago

  • smily88 about 57 months ago
    JAW-DROPPING-LY AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-D

  • beyondlyzz about 57 months ago
    Looks amazing! Also must have taken forever but i love it!

  • craftysyd about 58 months ago

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  • sohw about 58 months ago
    so cool!!!!

  • frogyfreedom about 58 months ago

  • adrienne.r.mione about 58 months ago
    it just goes to show you can make ANYTHING out of duck tape!!!

  • cameronsp1 about 58 months ago
    OMG I make weapons, armor, esc. but wow

  • tayswiftluver about 59 months ago
    you must have a lot of patience to do that it looks amazing

  • Oliviamag about 59 months ago
    I wonder how much money u spent on that?But it is cool

  • mollylou9lovesfrogtape about 59 months ago

  • superduck1 about 59 months ago
    That is AMAZING!!!!! ARRG!! Way to sail the seven seas in style me hardies!!:)

  • duckbill about 59 months ago
    that is the most amazing thing i've ever seen espicaly out of duct tape!! i do wallets purses pictures etc. but that by far is the best thing ive ever seen

  • duck-tape about 60 months ago

  • Duckilucki about 60 months ago
    that is amazing i can not even belve it

  • Kalirus1234567 about 61 months ago
    You know that you're an awesome mom, when you make this for your kid.

  • Duct Tape Dudes about 61 months ago
    I LOVE it!!!!!

  • CES18 about 61 months ago
    That's absolutely amazing! u Rock! keep on tapin'

  • cagequeen about 62 months ago
    Sweet... Who has the time to do that?

  • mel1216 about 62 months ago
    wow out of this world

  • spongeforgood1 about 62 months ago
    omg ducktastic so awesome! great job , very creative!

  • angie031698 about 64 months ago
    this is awesome if i tryed 2 do this i would end up rapped up in tap wiggling on the floor! lol :) great job!!!!

  • eggypotato about 64 months ago
    Omigawsh!! That is ah-mazing!!!! I cannot even imagine how long that took!!

  • GetAMac1998 about 65 months ago
    Wow that is amazing! It would take me my whole life to do something like that! 2 thumbs up!!

  • stl27 about 65 months ago
    this is the cooliest thing i have ever seen i bet that took foever but i have got to give you props on that acomplishment!!!!!!!!

  • walletmaker about 65 months ago
    really awesome

  • Smiley1010 about 65 months ago
    You must be crazy with duck tape.

  • Smiley1010 about 65 months ago
    You must be crazy with duck tape.

  • barracudaxxx15 about 65 months ago
    A pirate ship entirely constructed out of duct tape? AWESOME. This is really creative and cool. I want to create something that awesome too!

  • jenna33199 about 65 months ago
    Wow that is so cool!

  • J_Hero about 66 months ago
    It takes alot of creativity to do all that, i know from my own ducktape making experiences. So kudos on the nice work.

  • ducktapedude about 66 months ago
    this is sick but really tjis would take way to long to make maybe something a little less challenging but still it is saaa weeee tttt

  • averygirl about 66 months ago
    o my god that is so cool. I mean I do book marks and pics but that is so cool

  • sissy123 about 67 months ago
    this is stinken awesome !!!! how does one do this ?!?!?!?!?!

  • ductaperose about 67 months ago
    wow........i would have kept it somewhere safe and not gotton rid of it.

  • duck_tape_chick about 67 months ago
    this is amazing!I luv makeing stuff with duct tape......dresses, boots, purses, oh and duct tapeing my frend to a chair! she is still mad

  • rcrrbr about 67 months ago

  • Aledawson about 67 months ago
    wow that is amazing... how many rolls did that take!?

  • Ducttapemann about 67 months ago
    Love this idea, i might go try this....

  • ducktape rox 101 about 67 months ago
    oh my gosh that must of taking a long time and it looks reall cool. now thats what i call artistic! you must of had a lot of spare time to finish something like this and this is the most amasing thing I have ever seen in my whole intire life so fare ( well at least made out of duck tape!!!)

  • phoenixgrace2 about 68 months ago
    Awsomely, amazingly, mind-blowing!!!!

  • ducktapedude about 68 months ago
    way cool i would keep it somewhere were it could not get wet :)

  • mushroomtape about 68 months ago
    thats the best i ever seen

  • Zubes about 68 months ago
    This is rediculously amazing. Kinda blowin my mind

  • tabida about 69 months ago

  • duck_tape_fixes_everything about 69 months ago
    that is amazing. :)

  • Mpetti about 69 months ago
    Ahoy, Matey!