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How to Make Small Boats From Paddle Pop Sticks

Updated April 17, 2017

Paddle pop sticks, or wooden craft sticks, are used to make many different kid crafts. These popular craft sticks are available in craft stores and some department stores, or you can collect them after eating frozen treats on a stick. Use paddle pop sticks to make a toy sailboat or other small boats for your child; it will save you money and a trip to the toy store. Making paddle pop boats is also a way to get your child involve in creative learning. You only need a few other materials to make small boats from paddle pop sticks.

Build the base of the boats. Stack four sticks on top of each other. Add glue between each stick and set the stack aside to dry. Repeat these steps to make a second stack. There should be two stacks per boat. Make as many stacks as needed depending on the number of small boats you're making.

Make the deck. Place two stacks of sticks vertically, parallel and even to each other. Glue paddle pop sticks horizontally across the two stacks of sticks. Do not leave space between the sticks. Repeat this step for each small paddle pop boat.

Paint the deck of the boats the colour of your choice using the water resistant paint and a small paintbrush. Place them in a warm place to dry.

Make the sails. Cut the plastic bag into small triangles. Tape plastic triangles to each pencil, making one for each boat. Choose coloured pencils or paint the pencils to match each boat, if you would like.

Place the pencil upright in the centre of the deck of the boat and hot glue the pencil to the boat. Hold the pencil for a few seconds until it is stable. Repeat for other boats.

Things You'll Need

  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • New pencils
  • 1 plastic bag
  • Scissors
  • Clear tape
  • Acrylic or water resistant paint
  • Paintbrush
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Since 2007, Jophiel Aurora has written articles on environmental issues, vegetarianism, travel and animal rights for Web sites like eHow, Answerbag and LIVESTRONG.COM. Aurora is also a writer for Animal World: Our Co-Inhabitants, an online program. She has a Bachelor of Business Administration in computer information systems from Georgia State University.