Monday, June 10, 2013

Make a sailboat out of a shampoo bottle

((Thank you to everyone for entering my Kiwi Crate Giveaway.  Before I talk about today's crapt, let me just announce that the winner of the giveaway is Mel!  Congratulations!  Please email me your mailing address so I can send you a Kiwi Crate straight away.))

Hi everyone!  Today I'm going to share how I made this shampoo bottle sailboat after being inspired by this DIY boat kit found here:

- empty shampoo bottle <-- crap!
- 2 rubber bands
- wine cork <-- crap!
- drill
- stirrer <-- crap!
- straw <-- crap!
- pair of scissors
- triangle from a potato chip bag <-- crap!
- tape (packing tape is best, but I only had clear plastic tape)

Here are the boat's main components:

1.  Cut your cork in half lengthwise.  Then, drill a hole through the middle.  The hole should be big enough to hold your stirrer (aka the mast) up.

2.  Your straw is going to be the horizontal bar holding up your sail (aka, the boom).  Cut your straw to the desired length.  Then, make two triangle cutouts on each side of the straw, so that your stirrer (aka the mast) can slide into the straw.  Both your stirrer and straw will support your plastic bag sail.  

3.  Cut your plastic chip bag into a triangle sail shape.  Tape the plastic bag onto your stirrer and straw to create a sail.

4.  Use two rubber bands to attach your cork to your shampoo bottle.  Then, stick your stirrer into the cork's hole and voila, instant sail boat.

The boat sails nicely in your bathtub, but Chuck and I took it one step further and sailed the high seas (eh hem... a nearby lake.)  We just tied a ribbon to it so that it wouldn't float away.

Hope you and your little one enjoy this crapt!


  1. You know, that last picture, at first glance, really looks like long distance shot of the ocean in an area with lots of island. Then, you notice the ship is a plastic bottle and the perspective is lost. But, fun project and awesome pictures!

  2. ;) thanks mb. i wondered what the stuff underwater was... i'm hoping it's just normal seaweed growth... and not due to yucky pollution....

  3. That is so cute! I just love your crapt! :)

  4. OK I'm probably being totally thick, but why doesn't the bottle roll over so the sail is in the water? What is weighting it down - its a major problem every time i make a boat so if there is a secret I'd love to know.

    1. I think the bottle is nice and wide and flat (Johnson and Johnson shampoo bottle) so it didn't roll over. (And that's the end of my physics knowledge..... oof how embarrassing....). If you have problems with rolling over then maybe you could add a weight to the bottom. (But it worked out ok with us)

  5. I've been looking for different boat ideas because my son would just flip with joy if I made him one and I love yours! Great little sail :-). Pinning.

  6. Cute sail boat! Thanks for sharing at Submarine Sunday!

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