When I was younger, my uncle taught me how to make origami paper boats and airplanes. I never imagined to use my skills again until the day before the baby shower when I spontaneously decided to add some more things to decorate the room with. They were so simple and easy to make and it would match so perfectly that I had to make them, at least that is what I told myself. I needed some more pop than just the folded boat so here is a tutorial on how I spiced up my little sailboats!
- Scrapbook paper in different colors and designs
- Twine or any kind of string
- Paper straws
- Hot glue
First things first, you have to make your sailboats. I made the sailboats in different sizes. Pink Pastachio had a great tutorial that you guys can follow along here. Once you have all your boats folded up, we can get started.
Cut two pieces of scrapbook paper matching the boats in a rectangular triangle shape (I’m not sure if this is even a shape or if it has a name) in order to cover the inner tips that show the fold in the middle of the boat. Glue only one of the sides now.
Next, attach the straws. Flatten the end of a straw and glue that part on to the back of the center of the boat. I personally wanted my sails to be a bit larger for this particular boat so I cut another straw to the height I wanted. I folded up the end of this straw, put hot glue around the end and stuck it into the straw that was already glued onto the boat.
The next step is making the sails. Cut two right angled triangle almost as tall as the straws. Cut a piece of twine about 2 inches longer then the tallest side of the sail (you can trim after). Glue the piece of twine on to the long side of the sail leaving extra twine on each side. Glue the other sail onto that piece of twine.
Cut another piece of twine just about the same size used for the large sail. Cut small triangles and using a glue gun stick them on to the twine leaving some excess string on each side for attachment.
Once you have all the sails stuck onto the twine, squeeze some hot glue into the top of the paper straw and stick both strings from each sail into the straw.
Glue the other side of the string with the small sails into the inside of the tip of the boat. With the larger sail you are going to glue the unglued end of the string onto the bottom of the boat, where the straw is attached.
The last part is to cover up that center tip of the boat with the other piece of scrapbook paper you had cut out. And Voilà, that’s it! Long post, but a very simple project. In order for me to keep the boat straight up and sturdy I filled it with sand and it worked out perfectly!