Craft Stick Sailboat

Come sail away! It's a-boat time to make our craft stick idea & celebrate summer with a DIY sailboat.

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  • Crayola Acrylic Paint
  • Crayola No-Run School Glue
  • Crayola Scissors
  • Crayola Paint Brush
  • Cardstock
  • Craft Knife
  • Crafts Sticks
  • Pencil

CIY Staff Tips:

  • This project uses a craft knife. Adult assistance required.
  • Quantity of craft sticks is approximate based on the size of the supplies we used; quantities may vary.
  • Experiment with different shapes and sizes of sails or add cardstock detail to the hull of your ship


Step 1

Cover 6 jumbo craft sticks and 10 regular craft sticks with paint. Dry 1–2 hours. Add second coat. Dry 1–2 hours.

Step 2

Stack and glue together 3 jumbo craft sticks. Repeat with remaining jumbo craft sticks.

Step 3

Position jumbo craft stick stacks vertically approximately 2” apart.

Step 4

Add small dab of glue in same location on top of each jumbo stack.

Step 5

Position regular craft stick horizontally. Press craft stick down on dabs of glue to secure.

Step 6

Repeat steps 4–5 for 8 regular craft sticks, placing sticks next to each other to create floor of boat.

Step 7

Ask an adult to cut approximately 1/2" off bottom of remaining regular craft stick. Glue stick vertically in middle of floor to create mast.

Step 8

Sketch and cut our cardstock triangle.

Step 9

Ask an adult to cut 2 small holes at top and bottom of cardstock triangle.

Step 10

Slide mast through holes in cardstock to create sail.

  • Occasion:

    • Summer,

    • Garden & Outdoor

  • Age:

    • 4+,

    • 6+,

    • 8+

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