Yesterday, at the launch party for my new picture book, The Antlered Ship, I taught folks how to make their very own bathtub-friendly antlered ship. It’s the perfect bookstore, library or classroom craft — no glue, no tools, no paint, no mess. All the materials are easy to find, around-the-house things — perfect for upcyclers. Want to make your own? Watch the video demo or scroll down for written instructions. (I’ll have a PDF of these instructions available for download soon. — visit the Speaking section of this site and look under Resources and Learning Materials.)
Materials You’ll Need:
· 1 or more pipe cleaners
· 2 rubber bands
· 3 corks
· 1 bamboo skewer trimmed to roughly 6 inches, or 6 inch knitting needle, or sharpened chop stick, or similar item to use as a mast
· scrap card stock or acetate for sails (old folders or binder dividers work well)
· clear or colored tape
· hole punch
Step One: Make Your Antlered Figure Head
· Cut one pipe cleaner in half
· Take one half, make a loop, and shape the ends into antler shapes. The loop is your deer head – you can twist into a solid shape or keep it as a loop – your choice.
· Twist the other half around the antlers to create more antler branches.
· If you want, you can continue to add more pipe cleaners.
Step Two: Make A Ship and Attach Your Figurehead
· Loop a rubber band around each end of the antlers.
· Gather three corks. Make sure the center one is made of actual cork so that it’s easily pierced. If you have plastic corks, you will need to make a hole in the side of the center one with a nail or other implement. (Grown-ups should do this for small kids; older kids can do it themselves with supervision.)
· Wrap the rubber bands around three corks so that the corks are held together like a raft and the figure head is at the bow.
Step Three: Add Sails
· Cut sails out of card stock or acetate. I find that two rectangle shapes work well, with one smaller than the other.
· Fold the smaller sail in half and pierce down the center line with whatever you’re using as a mast. (You can use a hole punch to make holes, or just poke it through)
· Slide the sail towards the top and do the same with the larger sail.
· Add a pennant to the top of your mast. You might use a piece of colored tape folded over the top and trimmed into a penant shape. Or you might cut a pennant shape from colored paper or acetate and tape it to the top of the mast with clear tape.
· When all your sails are on the mast, poke the mast into the center cork.
Step Four: Sail Away in Search of Answers . . . or More Questions