Art Projects For Kids: How To Make A Paper Model Ship

Kids can follow these easy instructions for making a paper model ship that really floats! Included are ideas for decorating and sailing these unique ships.

You can make a unique paper model ship that really floats! This ship is easy to make and very impressive. Your family and friends will be amazed at the quality and design of this ship. This simple craft project is fun to make too.

For this project you will need 3 bendable plastic straws, scissors, tape, a penny, a pencil, 1 heavy-duty paper plate, and 2 foam dinner plates. Contact paper of your choice is optional.

Begin by cutting one of the foam plates down the center. Make sure both sides are exact matches. Stack them evenly together, and cut a strip off the straight edges that's approximately ½ inch wide. Keep these strips. They will be used later.

Next, match up the cut edges of the plate so they form the hull of a ship. Tape the edges securely together by placing tape across the seam and lengthwise over the seam. Turn the ship over, and place a strip of tape over the seam on the inside of the ship.

Place the foam strips you saved at each end of the ship. Tape them into place. These will give the ship support and stability. They will also support the mast of the ship.

To make the mast, trim the remaining two straws below the area that bends. Make a small slit in one of the straws, and connect it to the other straw. Tape them together securely.

Next, carefully poke a hole in the center of one of the foam strips. In direct line with that hole, poke a hole in the bottom of the ship. Make sure it is just a little smaller than the diameter of the mast. Before putting the mast through the holes, make a 1 inch slit down the length of the straw. Push the straw through the holes, turn the ship over, and bend back the slit ends of the straw. Securely tape each side to the bottom of the ship.

Now it's time to make the sale. Draw half triangle on the flat part of the paper plate. Cut it out, and securely tape it to the mast.

Next, you will need to make a keel using the last foam plate. Cut out a narrow triangle from the center of the plate. Tape the long width of the triangle to the bottom center of the ship. Securely tape the penny to the pointed bottom of the keel. This will help add weight to the ship so it remains upright in the water.

If you want to make your ship fancier, consider covering the hull with vinyl contact paper. Wood grain contact paper would give your ship a realistic appearance. The sail can also be covered with contact paper of your choice.

Transform the vessel into a pirate ship by flying a flag at the top of the mast. Decorate it with skulls and crossbones. Use your imagination to create a unique design and theme of your choice.

If you want to take your ship out on lake or float it in a swimming pool, tie a spool of invisible thread to the end of the hull. Put a small dowel rod or a pencil through the hole in the thread spool. That way you can let the ship drift away without losing it. To prevent damage, avoid sailing your ship on a very windy day.

Consider making an entire fleet of ships. Have contests with friends to see whose ship sails the fastest. You could also have a contest to determine the best design. You'll have a lot of fun making and playing with these really cool paper model ships.

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