DIY Boat Projects: rock paper origami boats and bottle cork rafts with stone paper sails – simple cutting and folding for boats that float!
Lots of properties make the stone paper a great choice for these projects: water resistant, tear resistant, very tough – no problem in the waves, sand or even the Hot Tub, and all still in great great shape after days of heavy use.
TerraSkin® marks well with sharpies, pencils, wax crayons, pennies and even coke can pull tabs. eco news – The Cradle to Cradle certified paper will return to stone dust 3-6 months if forgotten and left outside.
8 pt TerraSkin rock paper origami boats
these cork rafts with stone paper sails skimmed & zipped along even with passengers
DIY boats – fun , stable – definitely made this pirate happy
Floating Origami Paper Boat
We used two sizes and weights of TerraSkin stone paper:
- small boats- 9″ x 12″ sheets of 8pt from the Heart Stone Paper sketch and multimedia Pads
- big boats- 28″ x 40″ sheets of the 10pt. art sheet
- wax crayons, can use sharpies, pennies etc. to color sails
- plus pirates, Playmobil figures, animals & all your unicorns…
This is an all ages craft! By the end of the day all ages had jumped in to fold their boats, color them and launch them.
photo by Layne
photo by Layne
using sturdy 10 pt TerraSkin , the most rigid of the weights, good for model building as well
And then we launched them after loading them up with LOTS of interesting passengers! First test was in the hot tub which quickly required getting on swim suits to get closer and then to the big water and beach!
maybe dragon flies like boating…photo by B.Selman
all aboard! photo by B.Selman
photo by B.Selman
photo by B.Selman
FYI – an endurance test from our 11 yr old guy – how many shovelful of sand before she tanks? -about 15 … and when emptied bounced right back in business
Bottle/Wine Cork Rafts with Stone Paper Sails
- For the sails: 10 pt TerraSkin from the offcuts of the large origami boats (previous project when we cut the 28×40 sheets to a square 28×28)
- For the rafts: 18 – 26 bottle or wine corks per raft (ask a restaurant to briefly set aside a few days take of wine corks or finally use up that bag you may have been collecting over the years)
- 2 pair of takeout chopsticks (or a BBQ skewer if you had one)for the mast
- the kids laid out a pattern of the corks touching each other in a rectangle shape and all were quickly tacked and held together by a hot glue gun (used by an adult) after a few trials we accessed just the right amount of glue dabs were needed for it to be sturdy but not overbuilt- not much actually.
- The chopstick mast was placed in a notched out half cork
- A toothpick half in it and half into the raft to strengthen the joint and was touched up with glue. If you had a long skewer just push into raft solidly.
The kids cut sails and colored, sails were quickly attached with a few dabs of hot glue by the adults.
cut and color your sails
you can see how we cut a cork in half , notched it in the center and put in the chopstick mast held with a dab of hot glue
both boat projects were fun and the boats themselves super durable! To create this project yourself you can visit the where to buy page here.
Enjoy your sailing time!
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- 8 & 10 pt TerraSkin®
- water resistant
- origami folding
- can mark with wax crayons
- wet or dry
- cuts like butter
- no grain or curl
- no paper cuts ….ever