How to Make a Floating Boat Out of Popsicle Sticks

by Leslie Renico
Turn this jar of craft sticks into a boat.

Turn this jar of craft sticks into a boat.

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Whether you're running a Cub Scout pack meeting or teaching science or art, designing a Popsicle stick boat teaches a number of different skills. Learning about buoyancy will help students take their first steps in learning the principles of physics and water displacement. This project gives a student a product that will remind him of the lessons learned for months and years after building the boat.

Items you will need

  • Popsicle sticks
  • Waterproof glue
  • Paint
  • Dowel
  • Paper
  • Scissors
Step 1

Make your pontoons first. Stack at least seven Popsicle sticks on top of each other, putting glue between each layer. Both pontoons should have the same number of sticks.

Step 2

Connect the pontoons with more Popsicle sticks to create the topside of your boat. Make your deck as large as you want.

Step 3

Glue one end of a dowel rod a couple of Popsicle sticks closer to the front than the rear. Cut a sail shape out of a piece of paper and glue the straight edge to the dowel rod. Paint the Popsicle sticks in the desired color and add any other decorative touches.

Tips & Warnings

  • Without waterproof glue, your boat will head to the bottom quickly.

Photo Credits

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