Recycled cork sail boats that actually float

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Recycled cork sail boats - make these floating cork boats this year as a great spring or summer craft for kids.

Who said it was complicated to build a toy boat?
 
These little recycled cork sail boats are easy to put together. They need just 3 used corks and some elastic bands to make a raft that actually floats. You could make a whole fleet and then take them out for a sail on the pond or even in the paddling pool on a sunny day.
 
A perfect spring or summer craft for kids.

Summary:

Time: 10 minutes
Age: Little kids to Big kids
Difficulty: Easy peasy

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Recycled cork sail boats - make these floating cork boats this year as a great spring or summer craft for kids.
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You will need:

  • corks (at least 3)
  • elastic bands
  • paper or card
  • scissors
  • wooden skewers

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Recycled cork sail boats - make these floating cork boats this year as a great spring or summer craft for kids.
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Step 1: Make your cork raft

Choose three corks and join them together with two elastic bands.

If you want your boat to be really secure then you can glue the corks first and then wrap the with the elastic bands.

Use PVA glue or a glue gun if you’re doing this.

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Recycled cork sail boats - make these floating cork boats this year as a great spring or summer craft for kids.
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Step 2: Make the sails

Cut two sail shapes out of strong paper or card.

Then cut two little diamond shapes out of card/paper too (see step 5)

These will be your boat’s sails.

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Recycled cork sail boats - make these floating cork boats this year as a great spring or summer craft for kids.
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Step 3: Thread the sails onto their poles

Poke the end of a wooden skewer through the top of your sail.

Push it through and make another whole at the bottom so that the sail is threaded onto the stick.

Take care with the pointy ends of your skewers if you are doing this craft with very small children. You might want to put a ball of blutac or plasticine on the top of the pole for added safety.

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Recycled cork sail boats - make these floating cork boats this year as a great spring or summer craft for kids.
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Step 4: Add your sails

Cut the wooden skewers so they are not too long. Then poke the pointy end into the middle cork on your raft.

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Recycled cork sail boats - make these floating cork boats this year as a great spring or summer craft for kids.
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Step 5: Pop the flags on top

Fold the small diamond that you cut out of paper and glue it to the top of your flagpole to complete your boat.

Now your little cork boats are all ready to set sail.

 

Why not see if they will float in the sink or paddling pool?

 

Are they strong enough to carry any tiny passengers?

 

Recycled cork sail boats - make these floating cork boats this year as a great spring or summer craft for kids.
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