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How to… make a Paper Boat

| April 23, 2010 | 26 Comments

I LOVE paper craft, as you can do it whenever wherever with whatever piece of paper you have! Get the hang of it and you can entertain your kids on a bus, a plane or in the car. Making paper boats is such a wonderful “childhood classic activity”. Make these paper boats out of any piece of paper any place at any time (I remember making paper boats out of my bus ticket, whilst waiting to arrive at my destination)! Make them HUGE or make them small. Not only only are the paper boats a fun craft, but they are also a great introduction to origami and following instructions!

paper boats

The great thing is, that these¬†Paper Boats, also float. Kids can colour it in and take it in the bath or play with it on a small river (it will dissolve, should it float away). I have also used it to make a cute Father’s Day card!

paper boat craft how to

My neighbours boys (5yrs & 7yrs) saw my draft video and after that they couldn’t stop – we made about 20 paper boats over the weekend – including to two MASSIVE ones. The 7yrs REALLY impressed me with his Pirate Ship and Island. This is what “How to..” is all about – getting stuck in and having fun with crafts! So chuffed!

Giant Paper Boats

Paper Boat How To

(My Paper Boat Craft Models are in disguise)

Teaching Friends How To Make Paper Boats

paper boat craft

Then it got better, they then went to a party… and ended up TEACHING their friends how to make boats. Here they are teaching each other to make their paper boats. **Bless**.

This is a little trickier than the paper cup craft from a couple of weeks ago, but once you know how to make one, you can make it anywhere out of any scarp paper (even a bus ticket!!). Keep your kids entertained on the go! Make one!!!

Paper Boat How To Video:



Do let me know how you get on with your paper boats and I would love to see some photos too!

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  1. TheMadHouse says:

    Blast from the past this one for me , I used to make these as a child to float on the local boating lake, I will be making these with the minimads

  2. Red Ted Art says:

    Same here – thought “everyone” knew how to make these… not the case, which is why it is so lovely to share.. :-) hope your minimads have as much fun as you did when you were little!!!

  3. jodyfrommommymoment says:

    What a cute boat!
    Yes, you are welcome to post about my HUGE spring flower craft as long as you link it back to my blog at

    I am glad you enjoy our blog!

    Jody from Mommy Moment

  4. Andrea says:

    Thank you for the video! Used to make lots of these many years ago but when I tried to make one for my little son the other day, I did not remember how!
    Thanks again!

  5. Oh my big boy loves making these for his little brother! We thought we might float them down the river and have a race!

  6. spudballoo says:

    Oh I had TOTALLY forgotten about these, thanks for the reminder! xxx

  7. mummiafelice says:

    Gosh, what memories! Thank you – not had a ‘sail in a puddle’ for a while! Must change that! Hee hee!

  8. ella says:

    I haven’t made these since I was a child, I must teach the boys, thank you!

  9. Liz Burton says:

    I must have had a deprived childhood – we never made these!!

    LOVE the giant ones, they look amazing.

    Think we’ll be giving this one a go, thanks x

  10. Rachel says:

    I love making paperboats – thanks for the tutorial

  11. Paper boats appeal to young and old – I can’t wait to try a massive one!

  12. Jackie says:

    I loved watching your video tutorial. I would love to incorporate more video on my blog. You sound so professional :)
    I’ve seen the paper boats before but I didn’t know how to make them. Thank you for sharing. This is a great take along activity.

  13. This has inspired us to make the massive ones, bet they’d look great floating along in the river!

  14. Everyone is gonna love these! It is the perfect project for boat children.

  15. Oh I love this idea … will definitely be making this with my daughter… if only it was so easy to fix up this real boat I live in ūüėČ

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