How to Make a Floating Boat Out of Popsicle Sticks

by Leslie Renico

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
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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.

About the Author

Leslie Renico's grant-writing career began in 2006 and her grants have brought in millions of dollars for nonprofits serving the poor and providing medical care for the needy. Renico has appeared on television and her articles have appeared in various online publications. She graduated from Saginaw Valley State University with a Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice in 1997.

Photo Credits

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