Beware of Pirates

Arrggh! I have a simple tutorial to share for “Talk Like a Pirate Day” – how to make your own Beware of Pirates sign.

Beware Of Pirates Sign


  • small wooden board (I used a scrap 10×6 piece we had in our garage)
  • drill
  • 3/8″ sisal rope
  • black acrylic paint
  • polycrylic protective finish (if desired)
  • “Beware Of Pirates” printable
  • skull & crossbones clipart

I confess, I didn’t get a lot of photos of this process when making the sign for Dylan’s pirate birthday party in July, but it’s pretty simple.

Start by downloading and printing the free “Beware of Pirates” PDF. It’s sized to fit a board approximately 10″ wide by 6″ high. You can resize as desired to fit your board. Also download the skull & crossbones clipart here and enlarge by 150%. Position each on the board and trace. I did this the “old fashioned” way with a bit of pencil scribble on the back of the paper before tracing so it would leave faint lines on the board. You can also press a bit harder to leave a slight imprint.

After the words and skull & crossbones are traced, decide where to put the holes to hang and drill holes large enough for your rope to pass through.

Paint negative area around words and image with black paint.

Beware Of Pirates Sign: painting

After entire area is painted black, let it dry thoroughly. Spray with polycrylic protective finish if desired to help protect. Once spray is dry, thread rope through holes, tie a knot in each end to secure and hang.

The sign is perfect for indoor use or temporary outdoor use today, for a party or for Halloween.

Pirate Birthday Party: Beware of Pirates Sign

Enjoy and, beware of pirates today! Arrgghh!

Looking for more pirate inspiration? See my past posts for how to make a pirate spyglass or a Mr Potato Head Pirate Pumpkin. And, of course, ideas for hosting your own pirate party.

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