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How to Make a Cruise Ship Out of a Shoebox

Updated November 21, 2016

Making a cruise ship out of a shoebox can be a fun activity for children and adults. Shoe boxes are often discarded and overlooked as a valuable tool in art projects. The basic principle of making a cruise ship out of a shoebox comes from the rectangular shape of the shoebox and the ability to bring one of the ends to a point by making strategic cuts with scissors.

Choose one of the narrow ends of the shoebox and cut it off, leaving as much cardboard intact as possible. Cut a few inches in on both sides of the box were the bottom and sides intersect. Bend the two sides inward and trim the bottom excess cardboard to create a point, which will be the bow of your cruise ship.

Cover the shoebox completely in construction paper. Use tape or glue to fasten the construction paper to the shoebox.

Add three smoke stacks in the middle of your shoebox cruise ship by placing them on top of the construction paper on the deck of the cruise ship. Use tape or glue to fasten the smoke stacks to the shoebox.

Use coloured markers to name and decorate the ship. Draw an anchor so that the ship doesn't run aground.

Things You'll Need

  • Shoebox
  • Scissors
  • Tape or glue
  • Construction paper
  • 3 cardboard tubes
  • Coloured markers
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About the Author

Based out of Florida, Stanley Washington has been writing since 2007. He has contributed to the "Orlando Sentinel" as well as various online publications. Washington is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Central Florida.