Canada Day Cork Boat Craft

Jun 22, 2015

With Canada Day right around the corner, we decided to whip up a cute Canada-inspired craft—little cork boats in our nation's colours of red and white. Kids can build these boats, then set them in water and experiment with floating, buoyancy and speed.

You Will Need:

  • corks
  • twine or embroidery floss
  • white paint
  • paintbrush
  • red paper
  • toothpicks
  • white glue

Red paper, corks, toothpicks, red and white twine, acrylic paint.

How To Make It:

1. Paint your corks white. 

2. When the corks are dry, take your embroidery floss or twine and tie it around one of the corks, then knot it tightly.

3. Weave the thread around two corks, over and under in a figure eight pattern. Do this until they are securely fastened together. 

They should look like this:

Two white corks tied together with twine.

4. Take your red paper and cut out a maple leaf (if you need a template, do an online search for "maple leaf templates" and you'll find them in all shapes and sizes).

5. Take your toothpick and stick it through your paper leaf.

A red paper maple leaf with a toothpick stuck through it.

6. Put a dab of glue on the bottom of your toothpick and stick it in between the two corks. 

Now head on out to a lake, river, backyard pool or bathtub and float your Canadian colours downstream!

Happy Canada Day!

Article Author Maureen Macmillan
Maureen Macmillan

Maureen Macmillan is one half of the blog Twig and Toadstool. The blog is primarily a natural based craft blog that she created with the help of her friend Shanti. They create beautiful crafts made out of natural and beautiful materials, things that are inspired by Mother Nature, embellished with glitter, whimsy and imagination! Maureen is a mother of two beautiful girls, ages five and 10, and she feels fortunate enough to live in a part of Eastern Ontario where she is surrounded by the beauty of the natural world and part of a community of parents who encourage creativity and JOY!

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