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How to make a ‘pin the eye-patch on the pirate’ game (tutorial & free printable)

Learn how to draw a pirate with the easiest step-by-step video ever…
If you are in a hurry, cheat and use the free pirate printable – perfect for a pirate party!

Happy birthday to my gorgeous little Pickle, who is 3 today!

Happy Birthday Pickle is 3

Yesterday he had a pirate themed party (mega-pirate party post to follow!) and one of the activities was a ‘pin (or blu tac) the eye patch on the pirate’ game.  To make this, I took a large (A2 or A3) piece of card and drew a cartoon pirate outline by following this super simple tutorial from video jug.

I filled in the details and left one eye blank for the kids to aim their patch.  I made a patch out of some thick black cardboard.  The (blind-folded) mini pirates took turns sticking the patch on the pirate and of course there was a prize for the closest.

Free printable pin the eye patch on the pirate

If you’re time-limited, you can just click on the picture above to download and use my free printable pirate picture* to make a game for your pirate party.
Have fun me hearties!

*not for commercial use


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'How to make a ‘pin the eye-patch on the pirate’ game (tutorial & free printable)' have 12 comments

  1. November 18, 2013 @ 5:36 am Monsteryarns

    Great idea!
    I remember pirate parties together with lovingly crafted pirate ship cake which the adults thought was severely underappreciated by the children!
    We’re now at the body-flying and driving birthday party stage fondly remembering the earlier more simple pleasures 🙂


  2. November 20, 2013 @ 8:24 pm Hodge Podge

    Thanks Judit! 🙂 I definitely enjoyed crafting for the party, but Pickle took a real interest in his cake – he looked at it for ages and for days afterwards he was asking when he could have another pirate party and another pirate ship cake 😀

    Tween/teen parties sound EXPENSIVE..! x


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  4. May 20, 2014 @ 4:33 pm Sara (@mumturnedmom)

    Love this! Such a good idea, I bet they all loved it! I did a Lego theme for my 5yo this year, but the almost 8yo wants a pizza sleepover party… So, it will just be a cake to bake! I’m looking forward to the week girls birthday next year, I can have fun with that one 🙂


    • May 20, 2014 @ 9:27 pm Hodge Podge

      Thanks Sara – they did (some didn’t want to wear a blindfold, but were happy to close their eyes and from where they put the eye-patch, were definitely not peeking)! 😉

      Pizza sleepover sounds… exhausting – good luck!


  5. May 20, 2014 @ 8:32 pm Cheryl

    Fun idea to use a pirate. Great drawing. Last party we did horn on a unicorn. Did you take an “after” photo? I always forget. #pintorials


    • May 20, 2014 @ 9:29 pm Hodge Podge

      Oh I LOVE your unicorn idea!
      Nope, I am always too busy running around with bin bags and handing out party bags to take any photos of the carnage afterwards… 😉


  6. May 21, 2014 @ 11:51 am Tarana Khan

    That must have been such an exciting party for your son! Love this idea, because it’s so simple and fun to play.


    • May 28, 2014 @ 10:38 pm Hodge Podge

      Thanks Tarana – we all really enjoyed the party! Simple is definitely best when it comes to toddlers I think… 😉


  7. June 29, 2014 @ 3:10 am Jaime

    Thank you so much!! You inspired me to draw my own pirate using the video you linked to! It was so easy and the result is super cute.
    My son is going to be thrilled when he walks downstairs in the morning and sees the pin the patch on the pirate game in the midst of the other pirate party decor. 🙂 Thank you!!!


    • June 29, 2014 @ 8:13 pm Hodge Podge

      Yay, fantastic! It’s such a great video isn’t it? Well done for giving it a go – I’d love to see your finished pin it game Jaime! 🙂


  8. February 17, 2016 @ 3:12 pm amanda

    I know this is an older thread, but I came across it as I was looking for a cute pirate to look at and draw for this game! I have one question, and you may not even get to it! What did you use to stick the patches on?


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