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Paper plate boat craft – summer craft for kids

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A sailboat craft is a fun summer idea for kids. Take up a challenge and make one that’s floating or use paper for a simple one for preschoolers. We made a paper plate boat craft that combines a yarn sewing project with a free printable template.

If you don’t want to add the yarn threading step, you can use just one paper plate that you paint blue. Glue the boat as well as the sun directly on this plate.

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With so many lakes in Minnesota, it’s so much fun to go for a stroll and admire the colorful boats. My youngest is puzzled that we don’t have a boat of our own. He loves water but my hubby and I are more of mountain people. So owing a boat has never been on our list.

This paper plate boat craft is probably what my son’s favorite boat would probably look like. White boat with red sails!


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Paper plate boat craft

Paper plate boat craft for kids to make this summer

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Supplies:

  • boat under the sun template – find it at the end of the article
  • 2 paper plates
  • paint: 2 shades of blue
  • paintbrush
  • scissors
  • hole punch
  • blue yarn 
  • plastic yarn needle
  • cardstock paper: white, red and yellow
  • glue
  • stapler
  • tape

Paper plate boat craft for kids
Step 1: Paint the back of one paper plate. Use a darker shade of blue for the bottom and a light shade for the rest of the paper plate.

Step 2: Wait till the paint dries out completely. Cut out a center circle of the paper plate.

Step 3: Punch holes along the inner edge, but only the bottom that is painted in a darker shade of blue.

Step 4: Cut a strand of  blue yarn, thread it through a plastic yarn needle and tie one end to the needle. Tape the other end of the yarn at the back of the paper plate. You can now start threading the yarn through the holes in the paper plate.

You can go through the holes one or several times. Keep on threading until you reach the end of your yarn. Secure the end of the yarn to the back of the paper plate with tape.

If you ran out of yarn before you could cover all the holes in your paper plate, cut another strand of yarn and repeat this step.

Step 5: Place the other plate right side up on the table and paint it following the same pattern as the first paper plate: darker shade of blue for the bottom and a light shade for the rest.

Paper plate boat summer craft

Step 6: Print out the boat template (find it at the end of the post) . Use the patterns to cut out a boat out of white cardstock paper, sails out of red cardstock paper and the sun out of yellow cardstock paper.

Step 7: Glue the boat parts onto the paper plate.

Step 8: Place the first paper plate on top of the second one. Staple them together.

Step 9: Glue the sun on top of the second plate.

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Paper plate boat craft

Paper plate boat craft

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Materials

  • boat template - find it at the end of the article
  • 2 paper plates
  • paint: 2 shades of blue
  • blue yarn
  • cardstock paper: white, red and yellow
  • glue

Tools

  • stapler
  • paintbrush
  • scissors
  • hole punch
  • plastic yarn needle
  • tape

Instructions

  1. Paint the back of one paper plate. Use a darker shade of blue for the bottom and a light shade for the rest of the paper plate.
  2. Once the paint has dried, cut out a center circle of the paper plate.
  3. Punch holes along the inner edge, but only the bottom that is painted in a darker shade of blue.
  4. Cut a strand of  blue yarn, thread it through a plastic yarn needle and tie one end to the needle. Tape the other end of the yarn at the back of the paper plate. You can now start threading the yarn through the holes in the paper plate. You can go through the holes one or several times. Keep on threading until you reach the end of your yarn. Secure the end of the yarn to the back of the paper plate with tape. If you ran out of yarn before you could cover all the holes in your paper plate, cut another strand of yarn and repeat this step.
  5. Place the other plate right side up on the table and paint it following the same pattern as the first paper plate: darker shade of blue for the bottom and a light shade for the rest.
  6. Print out the boat template (find it at the end of the post) and use it to cut out a boat out of white cardstock paper, sails out of red cardstock paper and the sun out of yellow cardstock paper.
  7. Glue the boat parts onto the paper plate.
  8. Place the first paper plate on top of the second one and staple them together.
  9. Glue the sun on top of the second plate.

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