Summer Down Under. china squirrel takes us beachside on a sparkling summer day in Sydney, Australia.
Read my Summer 2017 Issue:
2 sheets of newspaper
2 small paint brushes
1⁄3 cup wallpaper glue (follow packet directions)
blue watercolor paint
- Print the template onto plain white paper. Template can be found at sweetpaulmag.com/makeCut out the template with scissors.
- Cut out the template with scissors. Cut the 2 small diagonal sections that are marked with dotted lines
- To make the center seat in the boat, measure across the template at the center (narrowest part), then cut a piece of cardboard this length plus 2½ inches wide. Fold into thirds.
- Fold along the solid lines in the template, and form into a boat shape. Join the folded sections using double-sided tape. Secure the 2 ends of the boat with a small piece of washi tape.
- Cut newspaper into strips about 2½ inches x ¾ inches. Working with 3–4 pieces at a time, paint one side of each newspaper strip with wallpaper paste and stick onto the paper boat.
- Continue until you have covered the boat, both inside and out twice with the glued newspaper strips.
- Now glue 1 layer of newspaper strips to folded cardboard (center) seat. Allow the boat and seat to dry overnight.
- Paint the outside of the boat and the seat with watercolor paint and allow to dry.
- Use a skewer to make a hole in the top of the seat for the sail. Trim a piece of cotton fabric into a triangle and, with the embroidery thread, sew to one of the twigs. Use hot glue to stick the remaining twig diagonally to the back of the sail.
- Glue the seat into the boat and insert the sail, adding a little glue to make it sturdy.
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