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Come Sail Away With This DIY Magnetic Toy Boat

This craft uses straws so you can put away the Styx.

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Build this little boat and finally fulfill your sea-faring fantasies! With a magnet hidden in its hull, your magnetic boat craft can navigate even the roughest seas ... or your kitchen table.

Sailboat Supplies

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What You’ll Need:

  • Cardstock

  • Straws

  • Tape

  • Scissors

  • Magnets

  • Pencil

  • Paint & Paintbrush

  • Glue

1. Tape two straws together. You can also use a popsicle stick if you have them.

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2. Tape the magnet to one end of the straws or popsicle stick.

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3. Carefully trace and cut a piece of cardstock into the shape of a boat and a sail.

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4. Decorate your sailboat base however you like!

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5. To make your mast, use scissors to split the end of a straw.

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The cut should be about an inch long.

6. Flair out the cut end and tape the flaps down to your sailboat base.

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7. Tape the other magnet to the top of your sailboat base.

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Tape it down just in front of the mast on the top of the ship.

8. Tape the sail to the mast.

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9. Decorate the sailboat deck by lining it with straws.

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10. Set sail!

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Place the sailboat on a flat, thin surface and use your magnetic wand under the surface to move the boat around.