If you subscribe to the Inspiration Laboratories newsletter, you know we had fun making boats a few weeks ago. Our egg carton boat was simply made by placing a straw into the egg carton and taping on a piece of paper.
Subscribe to our weekly newsletter and get exclusive science explorations for young scientists in each issue. Every time we go camping at Clear Lake near Mount Hood in Oregon, I used to jealously walk past all of the canoes, kayaks and rowboats dotting the shoreline of the lake, waiting to be taken out into the water for hours of fishing and paddle-borne awesomeness. We currently have a small Honda CR-V, and I just couldn’t imagine pulling a full-size boat on a trailer with it, so the idea of a small boat that I could transport on top of it was very attractive.
So, being that I also love to experiment with projects outside of my comfort zone, I started to imagine building a small plywood boat that I could then fiberglass and make seaworthy, or, I mean lakeworthy.

After researching several videos and websites (Hannu’s Boatyard is a classic website and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife have an excellent instructional Youtube video), I decided to try and make my own 2 sheet plywood boat. So, with most of the thoughts and plans in my head, I quickly sketched a basic layout of the boat on a piece of paper and went to the lumber yard. Seriously, this homemade boat CAN be made with only two sheets of plywood, some fiberglass cloth and polyester resin (you can also use epoxy), screws, bondo, and paint, and will only cost you approximately $150 in materials. August 21, 2014 by Jackie Pin5K Share99 Tweet EmailRow, row, row your boat, and see if you can make it float! What child doesn’t love designing, decorating and trying to float a boat a that they’ve made from scratch? A childhood just isn’t complete without making a simple but classic paper boat craft.

This cardboard sailboat can be made in miniature or large enough for a little one to play in. A self-proclaimed glitterphobe, she specializes in easy, affordable crafts and activities for toddlers and preschoolers. They are kid-friendly, doable, and you probably have the supplies for most of them on hand.

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