Monday, November 21, 2011

Japanese Chopsticks Boat Toy Craft

 Here in Japan, disposable chopsticks are a common everyday item. But, disposable chopsticks can also be the source of a lot of original craft ideas. This is how to make a simple boat toy for the bathtub from chopsticks.


  • 3 disposable chopsticks
  • rubber bands (a few colored ones are better)
  • milk carton
  • scissors
  • stapler


Motor paddle
  1. Cut a rectangle from a milk carton about 6 inches long and 1 inch wide.
  2. Fold the rectangle in half, then half again, then half again to make eight equal sections.
  3. Fold every two sections onto each other and then into a four way cross shape. Staple each section in the middle to secure.
Boat Frame

  1. Put two chopsticks together and tie near the top with a rubber band.
  2. Open to a "V" shape and place one more chopstick across to make an "A" shape. Tie with rubber bands.
  3. Tie two blue rubber bands together and then two purple to make two sets of two.( colors are only examples)
  4. Tie one end of each color set around the center of the motor paddle.
  5. Tie the ends to bottom of the "A".
  6. Wind up and let your boat sail in a bathtub.

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