Float away with easy cork sailboats

If you can’t be on a real boat to enjoy these last summer days, make one of your own! These cork sailboats take just minutes to make, yet can race away the afternoons.


  • 3 wine corks per boat
  • Long toothpicks
  • Rubber bands
  • Construction paper
  • Scissors


  1. Select three evenly sized wine corks and place in a row. Use two rubber bands to wrap around the three corks to hold them tightly together. Don’t wind the rubber bands too tight or the corks will not stay flat.
  2. Create a sail from construction paper by cutting a triangle shape to your liking.
  3. With a long toothpick, poke one hole near the top of the triangle sail and another at the bottom. Then thread the toothpick through from the top hole to the bottom hole to make the sail.
  4. Use the sharp point of the toothpick with the sail to poke a hole in the center cork to adhere the sail.
  5. Set your ship to sail in a bucket of water. Or create a race course in a baby pool or pond.

This article originally appeared in the August issue of Chicago Parent. Read the rest of the issue

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