How to Make a Sailboat

Posted on May 1st, 2016

Trash 2 Treasure: Milk bottle Sailboat

I do like to mix up the crafts we make here for activity hour on the farm.  Each week I try to find something age appropriate and fun for the children staying.  I have learned through time that anything involving water is always appreciated.  I know how popular our mini raft race is each year but wanted to find something a little different for the following week.  Seeing how well milk bottles floated as rafts I worked on a design of sailboat using them too. It had to be simple enough for the children to follow but challenging enough to keep them busy.  Instead of racing our boats down the river we let them gently sail across the lake. The finished result was so successful I’m sharing how to make one here on Trash 2 Treasure.

How to Make a Sailboat. Upcycling fun from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays. Cornrwall

What you’ll need

  • Crepe paper
  • 2 x 4litre milk bottles or one 6 litre bottle
  • Scissors
  • Duck tape colours
  • String
  • Stapler
  • Hole punch
  • 2 sticks, one fatter and one thinner
  • Your choice of things from nature like leaves and flowers.

 

What You'll Need to make a Sailboats at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays. Cornwall

Method

  1. Pierce the milk bottle with the scissor tip and cut into two. Discard the handle end for the 4 litre bottles, or use both halves for the 6 litre bottle. Make sure both halves are an even height.
Cut the Milk Carton in Half: Step 1 to making a sailboat at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays. Cornwall
Cut Duck Tape Colours and Staple the boat together Step 2 of making a sailboat at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays. Cornwall
  1. Cut a piece of Duck tape colours or masking tape and stick the longer stick to the centre of one half of the milk bottle to form the mast. Staple the two halves together with the stick in the middle.
  1. You are now ready to add some rigging. Use a hole punch to make 4 holes at each corner of the boat.
Punch 4 Holes: Step 3 of making a sailboat at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays. Cornwall
Cut and Tie one end of the string. Step 4 of making a sailboat at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays. Cornwall
  1. Cut 4 pieces of string to equal lengths that reach from the newly punched holes to the tip of the mast. Tie one end of the string through the holes. 
  1. Thread your chosen nature bunting through the rigging. (we found using a scissor end or a fingernail did the trick). 
Threading the Leaves on the String. Step 5 of making a sailboat at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays. Cornwall
Tie the Rigging to the Top of the Mast. Step 6 of making a sailboat at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays. Cornwall
  1. Tie all 4 pieces of rigging to the top of the mast and secure with tape if needed.
  1. Cut a square of crepe paper for your sail. Lay the smaller stick across one edge and staple over to make the boom.
Creating the Sail. Step 7 of making a sailboat at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays. Cornwall
Fold the Sail. Step 8 of making a sailboat at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays. Cornwall
  1. Fold your sail to make a triangle
  1. Feed it through the string rigging securing to the top of the mast with tape.
Attaching the sail. Step 9 of making a sailboat at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays. Cornwall
Decorating and weighting the sail boat. Step 10 of making a sailboat at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays. Cornwall
  1. Decorate your boat with leaves and petals and add a stone weight to each side and find a pond or lake to test your sailboat.

A few Extras you could try

Try swapping crepe paper for thin fabric like muslin for the sail

Make a peg man or animal to ride in your boat

Attach a piece of string to the back of your boat in case it gets caught and you need to pull it in

Create an egg man challenge.  We drew faces on eggs and challenged the children to successfully sail their egg person across the lake. We added a stone to counterbalance the weight on the other side of the boat.

Let the children use their imaginations and create their own games and stories with their sailboat

 

Building the Rafts and Designing Egg Men at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays. Cornwall

How to make a milk bottle Sailboat : Tutorial Vlog

 

Joining in with Trash 2 Treasure

If you have post about something you have made with something from nature or something you would have otherwise have thrown away please come and share on Trash 2 Treasure. The linky will run on the 1st Monday of every month and stay open for the full month. Posts can take any form, all that matters is that the item made has primarily been upcycled from something of little value or found in nature. Leaves and loo rolls, sticks and staples, there are so many throw away items which, with a little imagination, can be turned into something of value. Most of my something from nothing craft tutorials will come from fun keepsakes we have made with the children in our farm activity hour but sometimes I will share bigger upcycling projects from Farmer Nick too. I hope through the linky to acquire some new ideas and I welcome all posts old and new.  

A little extra from the awesome folk at Duck Tape Colours

Trash 2 Treasure sponsored by Duck Tape UK with Coombe Mill Holidays for creative fun.

 

Trash to Treasure is sponsored by Duck Tape Colours, makers of colourful tape to add pattern and sparkle to all your upcycling projects. My favourite upcycling post each month will receive 3 colourful rolls of tape to inspire your next project. Do check out their website for plenty of creative ideas. 

My April winner of the duck tape colours is Cheryl from Time to Craft with an amazing paper mache Lighthouse Upcycled Lighthouse from time to craft  joining Trash2Treasure with Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays


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