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Friends Use Recycled Cardboard Boxes to Build Amazing Life-Size Pirate Ship!

The incredible project shows what a little creativity can do with material otherwise headed for the garbage.

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Photo © Josh, Mikey and Joel via Reddit

Photo © Josh, Mikey and Joel via Reddit


Three creative eco-artists have built an incredible life-sized pirate ship out of recycled cardboard! Three Reddit-using friends named Josh, Mikey and Joel made the ghostly ship in just five days for what was probably the best Halloween party ever. Armed with just a hot glue gun and box cutters, the trio masterfully transformed old cardboard boxes into a meticulously detailed vessel fit for Treasure Island.
Photo © Josh, Mikey and Joel via Reddit

Photo © Josh, Mikey and Joel via Reddit


The friends came up with the idea for the ship when planning a “Halloween Party on Treasure Island.” To prepare for the project, the friends began what they call “trolling”- or stalking the streets for piles of cardboard left at curbsides, waiting for garbage truck pick up. The trio loaded these bounties up in their car and hauled the cardboard to the warehouse-studio where the party took place.

Using hot glue and blades, the guys began building up the massive ship. Cardboard planks make up its sides, and circular holes were cut out to serve as portholes. Larger sheets of cardboard were cut to make curly waves licking at the base of the boat, while trimmer remnants added texture to the faux- wood on the side of the boat. A tattered, discarded sail was hung from the ship’s cardboard mast. The intricate piece was crowned with a ghastly figurehead depicting a skeleton witch with wild cardboard hair and a curling cardboard tongue.

The incredible project shows what a little creativity can do with material otherwise headed for the garbage.

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