Sail Away!

Sail Away! craft

Sail away with this breezy sculpture! Imagine you’re exploring the seas with a mini version of your favorite craft.

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    Choose the type of boat you want to make—it could be really simple or very complicated! Here’s how we made the one in the picture.

  • 2.

    Start with the masts. Roll out a very thin slab of Crayola Model Magic® compound with a dowel, marker barrel, or rolling pin. Neatly cover a short wooden dowel, leaving one end uncovered. Repeat for as many masts as you’d like.

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    Next make the sails. Roll out thin slabs of modeling compound and cut them out in triangles or other sail shapes. If you want them to look like the wind is blowing into the sails, gently lay them on top of crumpled paper to dry.

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    Shape the hull (bottom) of your boat. Make sure the size goes with your mast and sails.

  • 5.

    Decide what your ship would be made of and model each of those pieces. For example, if your boat is made of wood, and not painted, make long thin terra cotta strips and use very thin coils of earthtone so they look like wood grain.

  • 6.

    Keep building up your boat by looking at pictures of similar craft. Add realistic details. If you want to stop and continue to work on your project a few days later, just place it in plastic container and seal it!

  • 7.

    When the boat is complete, gently push the ends of the masts in place. Model Magic® dries to the touch overnight and dries completely in 2 to 3 days.

  • 8.

    For more decorations, add details with Crayola Glitter Glue. Air-dry them before handling.