I'd forgotten how much I like drawing in pen and ink. Last week I unearthed my old tin of pen nibs that I bought at a car boot sale about 25 years ago (I realise that makes me sound ancient) along with a job-lot of ex-government office inks in a surprisingly bright array of colours considering the kind of dull documents I imagine they would have been used on: bright pink, purple, grass green. These have served me well over the years for many a school and college project and there is just something about the scratchy sound and smell of the ink that I like a lot.
E's birthday is coming up and as he's a big Swashbuckle fan I thought that a pirate theme would be fun, so I've made a pirate ship design that can be folded into an origami boat with a little cocktail stick flag to put in the top. You can write each person's name where the 'name' of the boat would be and fill with treats.
This is the prototype drawn onto bright paper which then fell into K's hands and ended up smothered in yellow paint...
The file, if you'd like to print it, is set at A4 size and is below along with another file to create the skull and crossbones flags.
Follow these instructions to fold the boat - the trick is to start by folding the sheet so the printed area is inside. Then when the bit comes where you pull the points to reveal the boat (fig.8), the print will magically appear on the outside.
Fill the boats with whatever you like; the obvious choice would be gold chocolate coins, a healthier and cheaper option is home made popcorn (easy to air-pop in the microwave, instructions are here). I used fish crackers and mini marshmallows for my road test. I might end up filling them with crayons for the kids to
And don't forget the rum for the mums.
Click to see the full size A4 documents