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.
What you’ll need
2 x 4litre milk bottles or one 6 litre bottle
Duck tape colours
2 sticks, one fatter and one thinner
Your choice of things from nature like leaves and flowers.
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 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.
You are now ready to add some rigging. Use a hole punch to make 4 holes at each corner of the boat.
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.
Thread your chosen nature bunting through the rigging. (we found using a scissor end or a fingernail did the trick).
Tie all 4 pieces of rigging to the top of the mast and secure with tape if needed.
Cut a square of crepe paper for your sail. Lay the smaller stick across one edge and staple over to make the boom.
Fold your sail to make a triangle
Feed it through the string rigging securing to the top of the mast with tape.
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
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 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
As always there were some wonderful upcycled ideas again last month, Please keep them coming.
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