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by Leslie Frederick

The Vikings sailed in ships knows as longboats. They were known for their sleek and stylish look. These ocean going vessels were propelled by sails and oars.


You will need:

  • Clear glass vase or jar
  • 2mm Foam sheets - wood grain, gray
  • 1¼8 " Dowel
  • 1¼8 " Hole punch
  • Craft Snips
  • Scissors
  • Brown plastic craft lace
  • Corrugated craft paper - gold, silver
  • Brown permanent marker
  • Double stick tape


1. Trace and cut boat pattern from wood grain foam sheet.

2. Fold boat together, then punch holes along open edges every 1¼2 " as shown. Lace boat together with brown craft lace. Tie ends of lacing to secure.

3. Trace and cut sail pattern from gray foam sheet. Using the permanent marker, draw the Viking shield on sail. Punch a hole at the center of top and bottom edges of sail.

4. Cut the dowel to 6” length using craft snips. Color dowel with brown marker.

5. Insert dowel through holes in sail. Glue the dowel into bottom of boat. (Attach scrap of foam to hold securely in place.)

6. Using pattern, cut 2 silver and 2 gold circles from corrugated paper. Attach the shields to sides of ship with double stick tape.


Punch holes along edges
of foam boat.

Lace together with
plastic lacing.

Insert dowel through the
holes in sail.

Darice® Foamies™; Forster Dowel; Fiskars® Hole Punch, Scissors; Toner Plastics, Inc.™ CraftLace™; Strathmore Kids™ Series Groovy Paper

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