How to Make a Boat From Aluminum Foil

    by Daniel Pearson

    About the Author

    Daniel Pearson is a freelance writer with more than 17 years of experience. He most recently received an award from the Oregon Society of Professional Journalists for Best Business Writing in 2009, his ninth award from the organization. He holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism and communication and a Master of Business Administration in marketing.


    One of the more popular uses for a simple boat made from aluminum foil is carry small objects across a bathtub, a birdbath or even a puddle. Kids place everything from action figures to coins and other small objects in these boats and push them across the water from one shore to the other. You and your child can build a boat from aluminum foil in just a couple of minutes and immediately add to bath-time fun.

    Things You'll Need

    • 3 sheets aluminum foil, 18-inches long
    • Pencil
    • Scissors
    • Iron
    • Duct tape

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    Lay the three 18-inch long pieces of aluminum foil on top of each other so that the sides of each sheet are aligned perfectly. Cut a line diagonally -- at an approximate 45-degree angle -- from each corner with scissors.

    Place a pencil at the top of each side of the foil, leaving enough of the pencil sticking out of one end so it can be removed easily, and roll the foil down three turns with the pencil. This creates a curved "hull" on the edges of the boat.

    Position an iron in the center of the foil. Fold the sides of the foil up and around the iron leaving enough room at the top to pull the iron out without tearing the foil.

    Remove the iron. Use duct tape to attach any loose corners together. The aluminum foil boat now should be waterproof and ready to haul cargo.

    • Be careful applying the duct tape as it can easily tear the aluminum foil.

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