How to... make a Paper Boat - Red Ted Art's Blog

How to… make a Paper Boat

| April 23, 2010 | 25 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.

So, this time we are making a Paper Boat, that FLOATS. 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!

My neighbours boys (5yrs & 7yrs) saw my draft video and after that they couldn’t stop – we made about 20 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!

Pirate Island

Boats Boats & More Boats

Teaching friends (Aged 7!!)

Then it got better, they then went to a party… and ended up TEACHING their friends how to make boats. Here they are “all” at it. **Bless**.

This is a little trickier than the cup, 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!!!

Joining in With “Childhood” Carnival over at Notes From Home

The Friday Club

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My Friend Next Door from QWERTY Mum.

My Mum was the best storyteller from Baby Budgeting.

A Favourite Childhood Memory from Patch of Puddles.

Domino Trails from Mummy From The Heart.

Freedom from Live Otherwise.

A Favourite Childhood Memory from The Gingerbread House.

Birthday Memories from The Diary of a Frugal Family.

Please Turn Over from Bibsey.

Not Tonight Josephine from Cheeky Wipes.

Freedom from Little Legends.

A Favourite Childhood Memory from Who Teaches Whom.

Holidays from Seasider In The City.

Making Paper Boats from Red Ted Art.

Remembering a Fishpond from Mymumdom.

Canada from South of the River Mum.

Goodbyes from Notes From Home.

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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 ;-)

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