What’s a party without pictures? And Moana’s boat makes a perfect photo prop!
The main question I’ve been asked since sharing Whitlee’s Moana party is “Did you make that Moana boat???? Can you tell me how?”
Yes, I did make it. And, truthfully, I got lucky on supplies. However, I am going to share how I made it and while you may not have the exact supplies, it should get your brain turning about what you do have that will build Moana’s boat.
So, How Did You Build Moana’s Boat?
I started by asking a local friend if he had any boxes at work I could use to make a cardboard boat. I was thinking super simple, open it yo and add a flag. But then he dropped off 2 golf club boxes and Moana’s boat became a ship!
Step 1: Assembly
First I disassembled each box wherever it was glued so they were each one long piece.
The boxes were glued together with wood glue so there were 3 sections: 2 sides and the bottom of the boat made from overlapping 2 cardboard pieces.
Next I used the flaps from each end of the boat to curve out the ends of Moana’s boat. (These were secured with a combination of glue, tape, and staples.)
I also tied a string between sides of the boat to hold everything in place while it dried.
This is where I planned to add a flag and call it a day so I went to CrossFit and to the JOY of all CrossFitters everywhere, we got new bars that day! And guess what? They were shipped in long, cylindrical, cardboard tubes.
Step 2: Logs
The crafter in me just couldn’t let it go so I asked if I could take one for a flagpole and my coach said, “Just take them all”… so I did. And now my boat had logs!!!!
I was unsure how well the tubes would adhere to the boat individually so I first used tape to collect the tubes and used hot glue to fasten each tube to the one beside it.
Once these log walls were connected I wrapped burlap ribbon around the tape and used wood-glue to attach them to the boat (one side at a time because they had to be laid flat and weighted down to adhere.
Of course, now the sides of the boats were heavy and flopping one way or another so I chose to leave the twine in place to pull both sides of the boat into place. (I contemplated pulling out my high school Physics training and creating stabilizers out of cardboard but I needed to be able to fold the boat to fit in my mini…van).
Obviously, I lucked out on this little find, but here are some substitutions you could use if cardboard cylinders aren’t around: pool noodles, small branches, PVC pipe.
Step 3: Moana’s Boat Mast
I have an inordinate amount of really random craft supplies stored in my home. So I happened to have a white sheet I could cut up, some malleable wire, and red ribbon to spare.
I started by cutting a long piece of wire and shaping it into the shape of a mast.
I cut a square from the white sheet and cut slits around the edges similar to button holes and strung the sheet onto the wire.
Once the mast was arranged to my liking I cut a long piece of red ribbon and glued it onto the sheet (in the Heart of Tefiti shape) using fabric glue.
Lastly, I looped the wire around the flag pole and hooked it into the top of the flagpole.
I used the largest tube wrapped with burlap ribbon as a flag pole and placed it in a tall planter filled with sand (super high tech, I know).
Step 4: Moana’s Boat Details
Again- this would have been a good stopping point but my mind was in full creation mode and I remembered that Moana’s boat had some little tubes sticking out of it to keep it afloat… and my boat just had to have some, too.
I dug around my house and found a couple of pool noodles from the Dollar Tree and another cardboard cylinder.
I cut the pool noodle in half, then again slit it length-wise so there were 4 pieces.
Using burlap I wrapped the noodle and secured it with fabric glue, then attached one end to the boat side and one to the cardboard tube.
Thanks so much for dropping by. Are you making Moana’s boat? Post a pic in the comments so I can see what you did!
What’s the most extreme party prop you’ve ever made?
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