Make your own sail boat

sail boat craft

When life gets crazy and you find yourself overwhelmed, I have a great way to help ease your mind. Stop cleaning. Stop worrying about the bills. Stop surfing Pinterest. Stop fighting. Stop watching TV. It’s time to make a sail boat.

And not just any sail boat— the cutest one in the world. Seriously.

Jen over at Northeast of Eden came up with this adorable idea and I am in love. So in love, we are getting ready to have our own boat parade here at Family Sponge. Excited? You should be. This craft could be done with your kids, or without. Honestly, I am kinda looking forward to building my boat when the kids go to bed. When the house is still and I can breath easily and think clearly. So get ready to enter the boat parade!

Join the Family Sponge boat parade!


  • hot glue
  • a popsicle stick
  • a toothpick
  • scrap paper

First, break a popsicle stick into thirds. Use the two rounded end pieces for the base of the boat. Next, bend the toothpick into a 90 degree angle. Hot glue it to your base and then top it off with the middle popsicle stick remnant. Cut out a square of pretty paper and thread it onto the toothpick for a sail. Ta-da! That’s it! And yes, it actually floats.

So please, do this for yourself. Do this for your kids. Do this for your spouse. Step away from the stress that creates a fog for all of us and make a cute little boat. You can add some flair to it or keep it simple. Use your imagination— do what feels right to you. I promise you— the simple things in life really can lift the fog and help you see clearly. Happy sailing!

sail boat craft
sail boat craft

Join the boat parade!

Take a picture of your fabulous boat and email me at jen (at) Make sure to include your name and website (if you have one). I will compile all the images and feature them on Family Sponge on May 25. This gives you two weeks to slow down, stop stressing and have some fun.

For detailed instructions on making this sweet sail boat, head over to Northeast of Eden.

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5 Responses to Make your own sail boat

  1. Justine @ The Lone Home Ranger May 11, 2012 at 11:50 am #

    We have had so much rain in Boston this week, and tomorrow is supposed to be in the 70’s. I hardly know what to do with myself, I am so excited! We are going to tromp around in the woods, and I will be sure to make some sailboats with the kids to take along for the babbling streams we are sure to find. Thanks for the great idea!

    • Jadah Sellner May 11, 2012 at 11:41 pm #

      Justine, beautiful sun after rain is heavenly! I can’t wait to see your pictures. Have an awesome weekend enjoying the outdoors.

  2. Kathleen May 16, 2012 at 11:07 am #

    Perfect timing! the little boat my son had for his water table just fell apart and he’ll love this. Thanks!

    • Family Sponge May 16, 2012 at 7:58 pm #

      Awesome! Take a pic when you do this so I can share it in 2 weeks! Email me at: Jen(at) Thanks!

  3. Billie April 24, 2014 at 9:45 am #

    I every time spent my half an hour to reasd this weblog’s articles every dday along with a muug of coffee.

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