To make a paper boat set, begin by downloading the template below. Download the SVG version if you will be using a cutting machine, or use the PDF version if you are cutting by hand. If you are using the PDF version, you can print the template directly onto the paper you will be using.

We made our paper boats with an assortment of pretty metallic text weight papers. You can use any color scheme that you would like for these boats, but we decided to create these boats to match our 1970s retro sailboat gift wrap. I’ve added links for each of the papers below in the materials list. If you are using this paper boat project to incorporate into a nautical or beach themed party, I would suggest using a color scheme that matches your specific event decor.

Our paper boats can be used as cute party favors that you can fill with candies, or to decorate a table setting. Scatter them around the table, or write names on the boats to use as adorable place cards! You can even create your own paper boat garland to hang around your party by attaching the boats to a pretty ribbon or piece of colored baker’s twine. I’m thinking these boats would make for a super cute baby mobile…there are so many possibilities!

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How to Make a Paper Boat

  1. Gather your craft tools and materials. Then download the template above.
  2. Cut and score your paper according to the template, using your scissors or a cutting machine.
  3. Fold along score lines. Clip slits along the tabs to allow for a curve.
  4. Glue small tabs and attach to the side. Then, glue slit tabs to the front of the boat.

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