Simple crafts for kids are the perfect way to keep your kids occupied this summer. And crafts that they can play with when they’re finished making them are even better! That’s why you’ll love this adorable floating popsicle stick boat craft for kids. It’s easy to put together and perfect for fun water play, too!
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In addition to being super simple to make, I’m sure you also have all the supplies you need to put it together lying around the house. To make your own floating popsicle stick boat, you’ll need popsicle sticks (I love these rainbow ones), paper straws, scrapbook paper, and a hot glue gun.
Make Your Popsicle Stick Boat
Start by putting the base of your boat together by lining up six popsicle sticks in a row. We created a rainbow pattern with our boat, but you can make your boat any way you want! Whether you want to create a pattern with your colors or design your own boat using markers and plain popsicle sticks — the design of you boat is completely up to you!
So, when you have decided on your pattern, you can start putting the boat together. Since this craft uses hot glue, I suggest that an adult handles the gluing. But your kids can have fun creating the boat’s design and making the sail that goes on top!
After your kids have designed the pattern of their boat, it’s time to create some braces to hold the popsicle sticks together. Start by cutting two popsicle sticks in half. Glue three of those pieces along the top, center, and bottom of the boat base.
Make sure your popsicle stick boat is sturdy by adding one more row of support on the bottom. Glue two full-sized popsicle sticks to the bottom of the boat on top of the three halves you just added.
Now, it’s time to make the sale for your popsicle stick boat. Start by cutting a paper straw in half. Then, cut out a triangle shape from a piece of scrapbook paper. Punch holes in the top and bottom corner of the triangle using a hole punch.
Slide the straw through each hole to create a fun paper sale for your popsicle stick boat. This is another great opportunity to customize your boat! Your kids can even draw their own sail, making it a truly personal craft for kids!
To secure the sail to the popsicle stick boat, create a mound of hot glue in the spot where you want your sail to go. Then, press the bottom of the paper straw into the glue and hold it in place while the glue sets. If your sail is wobbly, simply add more glue to the sides until it feels secure.
Play With Your Popsicle Stick Boat
See how simple that was? But making the craft is only half the fun! After you’re sure all the glue is dry, fill a dish or cake pan with a little bit of water to play with your popsicle stick boat. Just be sure to use cold water for play — hot water will melt the glue, making your boat fall apart!
- Rainbow craft sticks
- Plain craft sticks
- Scrap book paper
- Paper straws
- Hot glue gun
- Lay a row of colored craft sticks side by side to make a rainbow.
- Cut two plain craft sticks in half and glue three of the halves to the back of the rainbow boat base.
- Add another two craft sticks to the back of the boat going lengthwise.
- Cut a triangle out of scrapbook paper and punch a hole in the top and bottom.
- Cut a paper straw in half and slide the paper triangle onto the straw.
- Place a mound of hot glue on the top of the boat and stick the straw into the center of the mound. Hold the straw in place until the glue dries.
Tip: Use cold water when playing with the boats. Hot water will melt the glue, causing the boat to fall apart.
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Emily is a midwestern mom of two boys. She loves all things DIY — from home renovations to kids birthday party planning. Whether she’s making a new farmhouse craft for her home or helping her kids with a cool activity, you can bet she’s in the middle of some kind of DIY project (or three) right now!