Hand craft suggestion
Ship ahoy!

Not the heaviest storms or strongest winds can keep the flying boat at bay

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Hand craft suggestion

Not the heaviest storms or strongest winds can keep the flying boat at bay. The windmill spins very fast and thrusts the boat forwards - The only way to keep it safely close to land is with a rope.

The flying boat driven by wind.

The boat is crafted in the following steps:

  • Preparation of the paper clip
  • Crafting the windmill
  • Adding the sail
  • Assembling the boat

Preparation of the paper clip:

The detailed drawing shows the straightened paper clip with the beads, the chop stick and the windmill. In the location of the "windmill" single sails are formed (see the next step)


Assembling the windmill:

  1. The Coloured paper is cut into a square of the measurement 13 x 13 cm.
  2. Make a 1.5 cm long cut from each corner towards the centre of the page.
  3. The corners A, B, C and D brought together with the help of the paper clip.


Adding the sail:

  1. A cut is made at the flat end of the chop stick.
  2. The metal clip from the windmill is attached and fastened using sticky tape.

Assembling the boat:

  1. Cut open the plastic bottle as in the drawing.
  2. Paint the inside of the boat using Pelikan PLAKA Colours.
  3. Wedge the corks into the bottle as shown in the drawing.
  4. Pierce the finished windmill through the bottle and into the corks.
  5. Tighten the string to the rear end of the boat.


Now the fun can begin. After letting the paint on the boat dry, place it in water. When the wind starts to blow, the boats wings spin in shown direction of the arrows - the boat starts to sail off. The boat can be retrieved at any stage by just pulling the string.

Ship ahoy!