sailboats crafts

These sailboats are the perfect summertime craft to make with children. Follow these easy steps to get them navigating the high seas (or your pool) in no time!

sailboats crafts with Paula Deen

Gather Your Supplies

  • 10- to 12-ounce disposable Styrofoam bowls
  • 10-inch-long, 1/4-inch-diameter wooden dowels
  • Assorted colored card stock
  • Decorative washi or duck tape
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Hole punch
  • Small shells or sand
  • Plastic gold coins and pirate figurines

sailboats crafts suppliesStep 1

Attach the dowel vertically to the inside bottom of the bowl using hot glue. Let the glue dry thoroughly. It’s best to do this for young children.

sailboats craftsStep 2

To create the sails, cut two triangles about 7 inches tall by 3 inches wide from card stock. In one of the sails, punch a single hole in the top point and another in the bottom right corner. In the other sail, punch a single hole in the top point and another in the bottom left corner. To attach sails, line up the bottom corner holes of both sails and slide onto the top of the wooden dowel through the holes. Push the sails down the dowel, and slide the top holes together and down the dowel.

sailboats craftsStep 3

Cut tape into 4-inch-long pieces, and wrap a piece around the dowel above and below the sails. Trim the edges to look like flags. Fill the bowl of the boat with a small amount of sand or a few shells for weight for stability. Add a few gold coins and some pirate figurines, and the boats are ready to set sail.