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Outdoor Crafts: Foil Fleet

Foil Fleet

Total Time Needed: 1 Hour

It takes only a few minutes to rig up one of these toy sailboats.


  • Baby foil loaf pan
  • Nonhardening modeling clay
  • Flexible vinyl report cover
  • Permanent marker
  • Scissors
  • Bamboo skewer
  • Fishing line


  1. Gently pinch one short end of the loaf pan to shape the boat's bow and then re-straighten the sides of the pan, if necessary.
  2. Press a 1 1/4-inch-wide ball of clay onto the center of the boat floor, sticking it securely in place.
  3. On the report cover, draw a triangular sail (about 7 1/2 inches high and 7 inches across the base).
  4. Cut out the sail, fold it in half vertically, and make a tiny cut into the fold 1 inch from the top, and another 1 inch from the bottom.
  5. Unfold the sail.
  6. Cut a 9 1/2-inch length from the bamboo skewer and thread it through the holes in the sail.
  7. Insert the mast bottom straight down into the clay.
  8. Make a small hole in the bow and tie on a long piece of fishing line for maneuvering and retrieving the boat once it's launched.