Newspaper Pirate Ship
Grab some bamboo skewers, string, a hot glue gun and dad's old newspapers and turn it into a boat he and the kids can play pirate with. That will really float his boat.
What you’ll need:
Newspaper, Scissors, Clear contact paper, Hot-glue gun, 1 large wooden bead, 1 tongue depressor, 2 bamboo skewers, Tacky glue, 3 small wooden beads, 2 pieces of black-and-white, patterned paper, ⅛-inch hole punch, ½-inch-wide ribbon, String
1. Cut an 11 ½-by-15-inch piece of newspaper and cover one side with clear contact paper.
2. Fold it into an origami boat (see instructions below), being sure to make the first fold with the contact paper side in.
3. Hot-glue the large bead to the center of the tongue depressor and hot-glue a skewer into the middle of the bead.
4. Cut the tip off of the paper peak that pokes out of the center of the boat and insert the skewer through that hole. Glue the tongue depressor to the bottom edges of the boat.
5. Break or cut another skewer so that one side is about ½ inch shorter than the other, and glue the shorter piece into the front crease (the bow) and the longer one into the back crease (the stern). Glue a small wooden bead to the exposed end of each skewer.
6. Cut two rectangles from patterned paper, one 3 by 5 inches and one 2 ½ by 4 inches, and punch two holes centered about 1⁄8 inch from the top and bottom edges. Slip these patterned-paper sails over the center skewer, beginning with the larger one, and glue a bead on the top point.
7. Cut nine 1- to 2-inch pieces of ribbon and an 18-inch piece of string. Fold the ribbons over the string, evenly spaced, and glue them back-to-back. Trim them into triangular flag shapes.
8. Attach the string to the ends of all three skewers, tying it to the skewer on the back of the boat, then gluing it to the top of the sails, and finally tying to the skewer at the front of the boat. Secure at bow and stern with a dab of glue.