Cool Crafts With Ice Cream Sticks: Making a Paddle boat
There are a plethora of things one can craft with ice cream sticks. Made of lightweight wood, these sticks have helped to unleash the creativity of children across ages. Strong and durable, these sticks can be easily put together to create pretty and useful objects.
The paddle boat is something really unique. It is one of the coolest ideas that will have many children giving it a try. The best part is that this boat comes with a cute little seat and it can also float!!
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Now, let’s check out the materials we need to make a popsicle stick paddle boat:
- Ice cream stick
- A bottle of strong glue
- Elastic bands
- Crafting knife
- Sanding paper
Building Your Boat
- The first step is to build the base of the boat. To do that cut away the rounded edges of 10 -12 sticks. Now place the five or six of the cut sticks one after the other. Using a glue gun, glue the sticks together. Similarly, repeat the process with the other five or six sticks. Now you have 2 parts of a base.
- Place the 2 parts on top of two full sticks. Keep them at least 1 inch apart so that there is space to fix the seat. Glue them on and repeat the process on the other side. Now the entire base is ready.
- Complete the top side of the boat by gluing on a few more ice cream sticks to give it shape and sturdiness.
- Use a blade and sandpaper to smoothen out the rough edges. Give the boat a stream-line shape. This will help the boat float and move on the water with ease.
- Next, it is time to fix the paddle or seat. Measure the length of the space or hole in the base structure. Cut out two little pieces that are smaller than the size of the space.
- Mark the middle of the pieces and make a small groove. Fix the pieces along the groove to make the paddle.
Assembling your boat
For the final few steps of this craft with ice cream sticks, you will need the base, the paddle and the elastic bands.
- Slide the elastic bands through the gaps in the sticks of the base, across the space left for the paddle.
- Secure the elastic bands onto the back of the boat.
- Slide the fixed arms of the paddle on the elastic band.
- Now, it’s time to test run your boat on some water. Rotate the paddle in the reverse direction and let go! Your boat will go sailing as far as the tension of the elastic band allows it to.
Exciting, isn’t it! Give it a try!