How to Make a Large Paper Ship

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How to Make a Large Paper Ship
You can build a crafty ship from paper products. (grunge paper pale paper image by Andrew Brown from

Children often enjoy pretending to be pirates and ship captains. In order to encourage their interest in ships and boats, you can provide your kids with the means to make their pretend play even more exciting. For instance, you can put together different paper products, like paper tubes and newspaper, to construct a large, whimsical craft ship that your kids can actually sit in to pretend that they are in a pirate's boat.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue stick
  • Cardboard box
  • Wrapping paper tube
  • Newspaper
  • Masking tape
  • Twine
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Glitter glue
  • Markers
  • Crayons

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  1. 1

    Heat up a hot glue gun for five minutes.

  2. 2

    Hot glue a wrapping paper tube standing upright in the centre of a large cardboard box. Let the glue cool and harden. This will be the mast of the paper ship.

  3. 3

    Fold a sheet of newspaper into a triangle, and tape it along the edges with masking tape to secure it.

  4. 4

    Hot glue the newspaper onto the top of the wrapping paper tube. This will be the sail of the paper ship.

  5. 5

    Hot glue a piece of twine from the bottom tip of the newspaper onto the edge of the cardboard box.

  6. 6

    Decorate the outside of the paper boat using acrylic paints, glitter glue, markers and crayons.

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