One of the things that I love about new movies releasing to theaters is creating fun crafts with my girls. My youngest daughter wanted to create a fun craft inspired by Disney’s newest animation film Moana, so we came up with this fun Moana Canoe Popsicle Craft inspired by the movie!
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Moana Canoe Popsicle Craft #Moana
My daughter and I had a wonderful time creating this fun Moana canoe that actually floats in water! It was super easy to make and a great way for us to spend the morning together! Now we’re even more excited to go see the movie on her birthday!
Materials needed for your Moana Canoe:
- Popsicle sticks – small or large (if you use smaller sticks the boat will just be smaller)
- Hot glue
- Cream construction or drawing paper
- Sticks from outside
- Red paint
- Paint brush or finger
There’s nothing better than spending one on one time with my girls! Once you have all of your supplies together, you want to start working on your boat. We had to be a bit creative when it came to the boat because we really wanted it to float and be able to use it later on once we got some Moana figurines. We tried to stay as close as possible to Moana’s canoe style though.
You want to start off by laying your popsicles at an angle next to each other to build your foundation and hot gluing the pieces together. We decided to make the boat 7 sticks wide and then create a smaller boat for the other side. To begin building your boat lay a stick on the top and bottom of your foundation. Then add the side pieces, all of this while gluing down your sticks. Repeat exactly what you just did until you have your canoe built as high as you would like.
Once finished you will have a small canoe that looks like this. This is where you will add your sail later on.
Now to create the smaller canoe you will follow the same steps as above, except you will use fewer sticks as a base to make the canoe a smaller size. For our smaller canoe, we used four sticks as our base and cut our sticks in half to use on the side because the boat is smaller. This was a little bit more difficult to make it even, but it still worked!
To attach our canoes together we flipped out boats over and glued them from the bottom. Looking at Moana’s canoe, we probably should have glued the sticks on the top, but we thought it would float better this way.
To create our sails we used drawing paper, sticks, and gold string. When looking at Moana’s sails you can see the stitching from when it was sewed together, so with a pencil, I drew dotted lines ever so slightly just to give a little bit of those details into our craft.
We then got glued the sticks on our sails, bending them a bit so they looked like the wind was pushing them and attached the strings around our sticks. Which will, later on, go tied around the boat.
We found that the best way to keep the sails upright was to hot glue the sails stick to the bottom of the boat. Add a large dot of hot glue and hold the stick in the middle until the glue is completely dried.
Using a paint brush or your finger, paint the sails with Moana’s swirl design.
Make sure to check out the trailer for Disney’s Mona and get ready to sail away to a new world this Thanksgiving!
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