14 June 2010

hickory nut sail boat

The chipmunks and squirrels have been very busy around our home and they have been leaving behind the most lovely broken nut shells, perfect for making these little sail boats. They are simple and fun to make and really do float so nicely along the cool water.

y o u  w i l l  n e e d : :

one half of a nut 
a tooth pick
some pretty paper
a pair of scissors
a candle and a match.

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1. First, cut the paper in the shape of a sail (a little triangle)
2. Put a bit of glue on one side of the tooth pick (the length of the sail) and press the paper onto it gently
3. Depending on the size of the nut you are using trim off a bit of the tooth pick so the sail is not too tall!
4. Now light your candle and by tilting it slightly let some of the wax drop into the nut shell. Fill it up as much as possible so the tooth pick will have a lot of support
5. Let the wax cool slightly and when it has set a bit push the tooth pick into it to create the finished sail.

And there you have it! Happy sailing!


  1. I just love these, such fun for children, cheers Marie

  2. beautiful...we've done these with walnut halves and modelling beeswax! I love your pretty masts though!!

  3. i have been wanting to make these forever! these amazing photos are such an inspiration. i'll have to do it this week!

  4. My Mom made these with me when I was a little girl! We made them with walnut shells, and I think she used a bit of plaster of paris to keep the sail secure. Then she would get a baking pan put water in it and we would sail them in it. Thanks so much for reviving that memory for me!

  5. Just wonderful - they look like a lot of fun to make! Thanks for sharing.

  6. I'm a writer for Apartment Therapy's kids' site, Ohdeedoh, and I would love to feature these photos on our site! Please let me know if this would be okay with you. You would, of course, be fully linked and credited in the post. I can be reached at tammy [at] apartmenttherapy [dot] com.

  7. This is charming. I just posted a link to it on my design blog The Tasty Design. Thanks for the inspiration.

  8. awesome idea ! what a great rainy day project !

  9. Hi there;

    I just wanted to let you know that we are featuring your lovely sailboats on our site! I couldn't find your email, so I hope this is the best place to reach you. Here's a link:


    I also have a web badge for you if you'd like one. Feel free to email me!


    Jen Betterley (jenbetterley@parentmap.com)

  10. Interesting! My suggestion is to open a walnut without breaking the shell (an adult’s job), hold it steady on a cutting board, insert the tip of a flathead screwdriver or a butter knife into the flat end of the seam, and carefully pry the halves apart. thanks a lot! @Emma B.


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