12 to 15 short sticks
extra decorative items (string, ribbon, etc.)
waterproof sealant (optional)
1 Make a square using four sticks, and glue them into place.
2 Glue sticks across the square to make the base of the boat.
3 Cut a triangle out of paper and afix it to a stick with glue. Set aside to dry.
4 Wedge mast into raft base and secure with Plasticine on the underside.
Add decorations like bunting flags and a life preserver to personalize your boat. Happy sailing!
Spray the entire boat with an outdoor craft sealant to increase water-resistance. Allow to dry before setting sail.
A version of this article appeared in our August 2014 issue with the headline "Float your boat", p. 16.