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Cork Ship in a Bottle Craft for VBS or Youth Ministry

This is a simple ship in a bottle craft, not the type that takes days and days. It is easy to make. The kids can take it home and use it as a centerpiece for any nautical themed Vacation Bible School or youth group meeting.

If you want to include a quote with it, this one is appropriate:

The world’s thy ship and not thy home.

St. Therese of Lisieux

Ship in a Bottle Craft

My picture taking skills are not the best, but you can see some photos of some of these steps at the bottom.


  • Scissors
  • markers



  • Line up the three corks and put a piece of tape across them to keep them from slipping around. (You can remove this later if you want, but it won’t show.)
  • Cut a piece of twine and tie it around the bodies of the corks.
  • Tie two more pieces of twine the other way, in the spaces between the corks. (See photo) This will make the first piece of twine hold the corks tighter.
  • Take the toothpick and press it into the middle cork to make a hole for the mast.
  • Cut a small piece of construction paper into a triangular shape for the sail.
  • If you want, you can decorate the sail with Christian symbols, a phrase, or any way you like.
  • Use the toothpick to punch two holes for the mast. (See photo)
  • Thread the sail onto the mast.
  • Insert the mast back into the middle cork.
  • Put some stones in the bottom of the mason jar and add some water.
  • Gently place the ship in the jar.
  • Put the lid on.


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