Box Sailboat

Build an awesome mini sailboat from a recycled box, paper, and a few other materials.
Box Sailboat craft


  • Recycled box (tissue box, cereal box
    or any flat box)
  • White construction paper or sketch paper
  • Wooden dowel or chopstick
  • Acrylic paint
  • Crayons or colored pencils
  • String
  • Modeling clay or Styrofoam
  • White glue
  • Glue gun

Safety Tips

  • Watch out for this sign Ask for an adult's help.. It means adult help is needed for the particular step.


Step 1 Box Sailboat 1. Find a relatively flat box such as a tissue box, cereal box or cake mix box to make into your sailboat's hull. With the box's display panel (or wide side) facing up, draw an arc from end to end. Make an identical arc on the opposite box panel.
Step 2 Box Sailboat Ask for an adult's help.2. Cut the box along the arcs. Staple the side flaps.
Step 3 Box Sailboat 3. Paint the box hull with acrylic paint.
Step 4 Box Sailboat 4. Cut 2 right triangles on white construction paper or sketch paper to make the sails. One sail should be slightly smaller. Proportion the triangles' size with that of your hull.
Step 5 Box Sailboat 5. Draw designs on the sails with any coloring material such as crayons, paint, or colored pencils. You need to decorate both sides of the sails.
Step 6 Box Sailboat Ask for an adult's help.6. A chopstick or dowel will serve as your sailboat's mast. If you need a longer mast, you can tape 2 sticks together. Put some white glue along the larger sail's vertical side.
Step 7 Box Sailboat 7. Place the mast on the area with glue and carefully roll the edge of the sail around the mast.
Step 8 Box Sailboat 8. Apply glue on the smaller sail's vertical side.
Step 9 Box Sailboat 9. Glue the smaller sail on the mast as well, this time pointing towards the opposite direction.
Step 10 Box Sailboat 10. Roll a small chunk of modeling clay into a ball. Glue this at the center of the boat's hull to provide an anchoring material for the mast. An alternative to modeling clay is to cut a piece of Styrofoam into a cube shape and similarly glue this at the center of the hull.
Step 11 Box Sailboat 11. Stick the mast into the clay or Styrofoam piece.
Step 12 Box Sailboat 12. Wait for everything to dry before taking your boat for a pretend sail. Although your sailboat looks all set for a voyage, it's not made to sail on real water.