Ahoy, matey! Here be booty galore! They may not be gold doubloons, but these collections of free pirate-themed clip art and fonts are still a treasure. You can use them to create and print decorations for the galley, or whip up humorously bone-chilling invitations to a pirate soiree. If party guests misbehave, you can make them walk the plank.
Of course, you're not limited to using these images and fonts for Talk Like a Pirate Day. A pirate-themed birthday party can be great fun for kids (adults, too).
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The Pirate Clip Art collection from My Cute Graphics is designed especially for kids. Images include boy and girl pirates, some with a parrot on their shoulder, some without. The pirates wear the tricorn of a captain or the knotted headscarf of a first mate. Other images include a variety of parrots, Jolly Rogers, skulls and crossbones, treasure chests full of gold doubloons, pirate ships under full sail, treasure maps, cutlasses, and telescopes.
Most images are available in both full-color and black-and-white versions that are suitable for printing and coloring with crayons, markers, or colored pencils. Images are in PNG format, which is compatible with most desktop publishing and word processing applications.
Webweaver has a colorful assortment of clip art and animated gifs to choose from, ranging from mildly amusing to slightly sinister. Each page of images is sorted by category, such as pirates, skulls and crossbones, flags, treasure, and pirate ships.
If you haven’t used animated gifs before, it’s really quite easy. Right-click the image and select Save Image As from the pop-up menu. You can save the gif in your Downloads folder or in the location of your choice. To use the animated image on a web site, just upload it to your site the same way you would upload a standard image.
The Graphics Fairy web site has an almost endless collection of vintage clip art, with a wide variety of styles and subject matter. In the Pirates category, we especially liked this stern-looking pirate wearing a gold hoop earring and a hat adorned with a skull and crossbones. There’s also a vintage image of a pirate ship; it may even be his ship. We weren’t quite brave enough to ask.
The Openclipart web site is a library of clip art from more than 100,000 artists. The pirate-themed images include treasure maps, treasure chests, pirate ships, Jolly Rogers, animal pirates, skulls and crossbones, and, of course, pirates.
The collection includes black-and-white and color images. All images are in PNG format, which is compatible with most desktop publishing and word processing applications.
Okay, show of hands: How many of you have ever seen a pirate moose? That’s what we thought. We had never seen one before either, but Kids Turn Central has three of them. One of them even has a parrot on his (her?) shoulder.
Kids Turn Central has a few other unusual pirates, including parrots and teddy bears. The site’s colorful collection of pirate-themed clip art also includes pirate skeletons, wench skeletons, treasure chests, pirate ships, Jolly Rogers, and treasure maps. The images are in GIF format, which is compatible with most desktop publishing and word processing apps. Images are free for use on personal and commercial web sites; some restrictions may apply for commercial use.
Pieces of Eight by Steve Ferrera is a vintage font reminiscent of the font used in the promotional posters, ads, and movie titles for the Disney series of "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies. The letters are all upper case, but the font also includes numbers, special characters, and some pirate-themed dingbats, including a Jolly Roger, skull and crossbones, cutlasses, and hooks (as in Captain Hook).
Ever wanted to create your very own treasure map? Well, grab some parchment paper, install the Treasure Map Deadhand font from GemFonts, and you can make a map that’s as straightforward or twisty as you like. This is a great way to set up a treasure hunt for a birthday party or other event. All you have to do is figure out what to use for the treasure and where to bury it.
The Treasure Map Deadhand font is free for personal use. Contact the designer for information about commercial use.