Handmade boats

I‘ve been making a boat for my sons this week. It’s really simple and made from twigs, string, a lollipop stick and some paper. We’ve tested it in the sink and it floats!! We’re off to find a stream when the weather is a bit less yuk!

Handmade boat

We’ve also been making origami boats (instructions here). Perfect for advent treats perhaps?

Handmade boat

Handmade boat

Handmade boat


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  1. My kids also like the origami boat. And they’re lucky enough : their dad makes it everytime they want to play with it.

  2. These handmade boats are so nice. Now I can’t wait for the christmas season :-)

  3. your photos are simply stunning! my 2 year old isn’t yet ready to wrap sting around twigs, so i’m saving this one for the future. love it.

  4. Kate #

    Thank you for all your comments as always – it always makes my day.

    Thanks especially Rachelle for your comments on my photography. My tried and true method is to simply take hundreds and hundreds! Usually one turns out – haha!! Thanks goodness for the invention of digital cameras!

  5. Lisa #

    Great post. We’ve been having so much rain in Sydney lately, there is a smally torrent running down our street. I was just looking at it yesterday thinking ‘BOATS!’. I also wanted to know how to make newspaper hats and that origami boat should do just the thing. Thanks!

  6. Kate #

    Hope the weather cheers up soon in Sydney Lisa. Weather blinkin’ horrible in the UK. We have just moved here after a seven year stint in Perth and it’s taking some getting used to.

  7. So beautiful. I just discovered your lovely, colorful blog this evening and am having the BEST time digging through your archives and bookmarking fun projects to try with my girls!! Thank you for your colorful and crafty inspiration!

    pink and green mama,

  8. this is adorable….every time i visit your site you have another great craft idea…thanks for the inspiration!

    • Kate #

      thanks katie…I love making all the things for this blog…so wonderful to get great feedback :)

  9. So simple yet so beautiful. Love the fresh colours! I think we have to wait until spring time before making one too.

  10. Looks like a fun project. Love your photography !

  11. These are incredible!!! Can’t wait to try this for my son!

  12. These are adorbale. Love this idea.

  13. Sonya #

    Kate, I made these boats with my son last weekend and he LOVED every aspect of this project – from eating a lolly before we started the project (to get the lolly stick), to looking for the twigs, tying them together, and testing whether the boats floated. We even did a ‘science experiment’ to see how many pebbles the boats could carry before they sank!

  14. Kate #

    Hi Sonya,

    I love it when people write and say they have tried something….it’s the best kind of comment. Glad your son had a lot of fun. I’m holding out for a little sunshine at the mo…then we are gonna go sail them!

  15. The boats are awesome(as is your photography)! My son is at the door, rushing me to go outside with him and hunt for sticks to make the stick boat. :)

  16. So cute!

    I’d love it if you shared this with the Fun Family Crafts audience. FFC is similar to Craftgawker but it only features kid friendly tutorials. Looking forward to seeing what fun crafts you submit!

  17. Sophie #


    First of all, I love your website. Such beautiful things!

    Also, which font did you use for the text “Angor aweigh”?



  18. Ishu #

    Awesome !!

  19. A great simple idea. No trip to the shops necessary. Will visit the fun family crafts for more ideas. Thanks

  20. Carolina J. #

    Looks like I am the most stupid person here as no-one asked about tieing the string and I’ve tried today and failed miserably. Would you please tell me how you tied them? I cannot wait to take my baby to the Thames and show her this lovely boat.

  21. Elke Hutchens #

    Saw this boat on Pinterest. I just love it! I used the instructions given and found out the the sail is much shorter than the one in your picture. I like yours much better. Could you please show me how the one in the picture was made?
    Thank you, it would mean a lot to me. I want to use the boats for a birthday party.

  22. Jessica #

    Where exactly is the tutorial of how to make this twig boat? I think it’s adorable and I would love to make it as a gift.

  23. This is adoable- will make this with my daughter, a fairy boat possibly?! Another fab idea :-)

  24. The raft is absolutely adorable! I can’t wait to gather sticks with my little one so that we can make it together. Beautiful site :)

    • Kate #

      Thanks Erika ^_^

  25. jet #

    i love both of them, this year i have made crocheted wooden shoes and made of those sailboats, the tag was the origamie boat with the text on it.
    it was a great succes.
    i think i love boats because those tiny ones are magical and a tiny bit like a fairy tale full with promises.
    thank you for the sharing and the links.
    awesome done.;-D

    • Kate #

      Hi Jet…I agree with your ‘full of promise’ thought ^_^

  26. Hello, thank you a lot for this idea. I,m french and i made your boat with my son. It was great! I’ll write a post on my blog as soon as is possible about it (with your pinterest link).
    sorry for my english!!!

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