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 from St. Therese of Lisieux:
The world’s thy ship and not thy home.
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.)
- 3 corks
- thin twine
- sturdy toothpick
- construction paper
- large mason jar with lid
- decorative stones
- 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.