Upcycled Craft: Recycled Cork Boats

Upcycled Craft: Recycled Cork Boats

Help your children set sail with these lightweight vessels made from a sustainable resource. See instructions below or click here for a downloadable PDF. This craft activity is for children three years or older.


  • Corks (3 for each boat)
  • Acrylic paint and paintbrush
  • Hot glue gun (Parent-Use Only)
  • Scrap paper
  • Scissors
  • Toothpick


  • Paint corks (use 3 per boat) and let them dry.
  • PARENT STEP: Glue corks together lengthwise using a glue gun.
  • Cut a corner of scrap paper with scissors to make a triangle-shaped sail.
  • Slide toothpick through the sail’s tall end (at top and bottom).
  • Insert the sail into center cork.
  • Set the boat on top of water to start your voyage!

For more upcycled crafting fun with your child, try making a Milk Carton Bird Feeder or Paper Roll Binoculars.

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