Ever seen one? Now you can make your own!

You will need:
  • Plastic bottle
  • Compass
  • Scissors
  • Cardboard box card
  • Pen
  • Stick glue
  • PVA glue
  • Paintbrush
  • Cotton or thread
  • Paper
  • Cocktail sticks
  • Tissue paper
  • Sticky tape
Start off by cleaning out a plastic bottle that's wide enough to fit a ship inside.
Use a compass to pierce a hole in the top of the bottle.
You can use this hole to get a pair of scissors in easily, so that you can carefully cut a rectangular door into one side.
Try to keep the hole as neat as you can!
Put the bottle and the door you cut out of it to one side.

The ship is next, so cut a piece of cardboard for the base. It needs to be a little smaller than the plastic door.
Next, draw the shape of a boat - as if you were looking at it from above - onto a piece of cardboard box card.

Cut the shape out.
Use this as a template to draw around onto some more cardboard box card.

Cut this shape out too - you should now have two.
Cut off the pointed end of one of these cardboard pieces...
...and the other end, too...
...then glue the full boat shape onto the card base, like this.
Next, glue the pointy bit you cut off onto that.
Do the same again with the blunt end.

You should now have something that looks like this!
Next you'll need three cocktail sticks to make the ship's masts.
Carefully snip off the top third of the cocktail sticks, so that they're all about the same length.
Punch one of the cocktail sticks into the middle of the boat.

Don't punch it all the way through - just enough so that it stands up on its own.
Do the same again, with one behind the raised part at the front, and one in front of the raised part at the back.
Now take two of the smaller pieces of cocktail stick...
...and stick one into the front of the ship at an angle...
...and one at the back.
Next, mix up some PVA glue with water and use it to paste on small pieces of tissue paper.
Just seal around all the joins, to give the ship a good texture.
When the glue and tissue paper has dried, you can paint the ship!
For sails, cut out some triangular shapes from white paper. You need five in all.
Paste some PVA glue onto one edge of each sails and stick them to the cocktail sticks.

You'll have to hold each sail in place until the glue dries!
Stick one sail to each of the three cocktail sticks in the middle of the ship, and the final two to the small cocktail stick at the back of the ship.
Finish off with a small flag on the cocktail stick at the front...
...and if you put a tiny dab of glue on the top of each mast...
...you can add on some thread for rigging!

When the glue has dried, trim off the excess.
Next, glue the base of the boat to the plastic door you made at the beginning...
...then tape the plastic door to the bottle.

This traps the ship inside!
You can finish off by making a cardboard box card cork and stand.
For other ideas, here's a cruise liner...
...a sporty yacht...
...or a pirate ship in a giant squash bottle!

Try it yourself!



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