Saturday, June 18, 2011

Boat Project Continued

~ Paper Boat ~

If you have been following the progress of the boat project at hutch, we last left off waiting for a sail for the little old wooden boat I repainted.  Well when the sail arrived, attached to the boat and placed in the room it was enormous.  Almost reaching the ceiling and blocking a great deal of light into the room it just wasn't going to work in the space.  A second plan of a wooden rocker crib shaped like a boat didn't work either.  What do I turn to in an emergency......CARDBOARD!  I began to pull out any big old boxes I could find, fired up the trusty glue gun and began to cut.

I have to say I never built a boat before.  As a child I was more of a car guy, but being from Rhode Island "The Ocean State" where there are more boats than cars, and helping my grandfather every 4 years refinish the boat that never left his yard gave me an advantage visualizing this task.  Here is the bottom with ribs attached.

 Next I began to cut strips and attaching them to the sides.  This is when the boat really started to take shape.

Adding small details at the bow and stern was a little bit of a nod to movie director Tim Burton who always has had a thing for the spiral.  Also the boat would be zigging and zagging without a sturdy rudder.

Slapping a fresh coat of paint on the cardboard brought the vessel to life.  Trimming in aqua and red and of course drenching it in a bath of coffee completed the basic boat.  What's left you ask?  I think I'll add some words to the aqua trim, float it over a paper sea, and make tattered sails to catch the hutch winds.


  1. I love it Chris. So grateful for your gramps to have helped with some insight to the building of a boat. Just goes to never know when all that past data will come in handy. Lucky for us!

  2. Absolutely amazing. Once you got the paint on the boat was completely transformed from the plain cardboard to a work of art. WOW!

  3. Absolutely beautiful! LOVE it! It is magical. :)

  4. Lovely project.I would like to thank you for the efforts you have made in composing this article. I am going for the same best work from you in the future as well.

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  5. Wow! you are so talented! When I see cardboard boxes I think of is storing my junk! lol

    Maybe one day I will follow your steps and 'think outside the box' :)

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  7. how big is it? is it as big as the table or just as long?

  8. I love the creativity! We are attempting to make one similar for my son's 4th birthday (shark theme. Unpainted) I just had to comment and say I love the stand for the glue gun. Totally doing that. Haha!

  9. Simply amazing! So going to try! Thanks!!!


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