How to make a toy viking long ship

Updated April 17, 2017

Viking longships transported troops between countries during the Viking era. Known for their grace and power, they required a lot of manpower to move through the waves. You can make a toy longship using materials found in your home.

Mark a line 1 inch from each end of the top of tissue box. Remove the middle section of the box top by cutting along the edge up to the marked lines. Shape the remaining end sections into a triangle flap. Draw a long arc on both side panels of the box. This should reach from the front to the back corner, with its lowest point in the middle of the box. This is the basic shell of the ship.

Wrap tape round the tissue box until you cannot see any of the original box. Start from one end of the box and wrap methodically until your reach the other. The layers of tape should overlap so they resemble planks of wood. Use brown tape if possible. If you can still see the design on the tissue box, add another layer of tape.

Punch holes at 1-inch intervals along both sides of your ship. Each hole should be 1 inch from the bottom of the tissue box. Stick a hole reinforcement sticker on each hole to stop it getting damaged. If possible use brown or black hole stickers to fit in with the ship design.

Group the matchsticks into groups of three. Glue each group together, sticking the long sides of the matches together. These are your longship's oars. Line the bottom of each punched hole with glue. Put each oar through a punched hole, pressing it down against the glue until it sticks in place.

Cut a 4- by 4-inch piece out of the centre of the handkerchief. Wrap masking tape around the length of a straw. Glue the handkerchief square to the top of the straw. Put a strip of glue along the top and bottom edges of the square. Do not glue the middle section. This is the long boat's sail. Punch a hole in the centre of the ship and push the straw sail through the hole.


Create several longships and have a Viking battle.


Be careful when using scissors.

Things You'll Need

  • Tissue box
  • Pen
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Hole reinforcement stickers
  • Drinking straw
  • Matchsticks
  • Glue
  • Handkerchief
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