Posted: Jul 03, 2012 1:00 PM
This simple paper boat craft will keep the kids sailing through summer. Get your craft on with this fun afternoon project. You can sail it down a stream, use it as a party favor or just add a cute piece of decor to your child's room.

By Krystin Marsh, Photo Stylist for the Foundary

Nautical themes are a perennial facet of summertime, but this year they show up in the variety of nautical stripe prints in navy, red, gray and coral. We are also seeing bold graphical prints of maritime motifs such as anchors and ship's wheels. In the home, nautical lanterns and accents with antique boat hardware and rope (or ship line) complete a seaside theme.

Sailboat craft

    1. Begin with a square piece of paper, any size.
      step 1
    2. To make a square, fold paper diagonally and cut off the excess paper.
    3. To make the boat, begin by folding one of the folded points inward toward the other side at a slight angle. The tip of the point you are folding will be the top of the boat.
      step 2
    4. Open the square back up and do a reverse fold to create the sides of the boat. Your ship is now set for sailing!
      step 3

If you're feeling fancy:

  • Embellish and personalize your boat with glitter, markers or stickers.
  • Name your ship.
  • Tie or staple a string to the bow and let your child sail it around the house.
  • Make a fleet for party decorations or your child's room.

The Foundary

The experts at the Foundary, a home and lifestyle flash website, will be featuring how-to-crafts for kids throughout the summer that will not only entertain, but also serve as decorative party favors and fun home decor pieces for their rooms. And from now through July 7, you can check out the Modern Kids' sale, featuring children's furniture, accent pieces and artwork.