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Nautical Crafts

Updated on September 11, 2014

Nautical Crafts

Crafting is something that's fun for all ages. Nautical crafts can be enjoyed by kids, adults, or can make a wonderful family activity.

Some people just love doing arts and crafts, and have many items in their homes that they have made. Creating fun, pretty, or useful items through crafts can be a great activity for kids. But, more than that, crafting can be a great family activity. It's something you can all do together!

You will find some awesome craft ideas and kits showcased here! From a telescope, to fish kites, model ships, finishing trims or details, and so much more.

Don't miss the video that solves the mystery of how those ships in a bottle actually get into the bottle.

If you love anything nautical, then these nautical crafts are for you! They make great gifts for the sea lovers in your life, as well. Many of them are suitable for teens and even younger kids. Crafts are a great activity for spending quality time with children.

You're going to enjoy the nautical crafts featured on this page!

Image here is of telescope kit that makes 12

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Build a Model Ship - Nautical Crafts

Be sure and check for age appropriateness when buying ship building kids for younger children. Most are great for teenagers, but there are a few for tweens and younger. Some may require adult supervision or assistance.

This particular one - a pirate ship - is meant for the younger set. And it should be a good introdution to maritime model building.

It's recommended for those as young as nine years of age.

Educraft Celestial Telescope Craft Kit - Fun Class Project!

Celestial Telescope Craft Kit for Twelve

These easy project kits are for making telescopes but your younger children may choose to think of them as pirate spyglasses. If it's a project that gets them interested in something related to science, that can only be a good thing! (After all, optics is a branch of physics.) Who cares what they call it?

Making a telescope is not only nautical fun, but it provides an opportunity for learning about the basics of magnification.

The EduCraft Celestial Telescope Craft Kit even includes what you need to make 12 telescopes, even the paint and brushes.

Suitable for ages eight and older

Academy New Bedford Whaler Model Kit - For Older Kids and Adults

For ages 14 and up.

A model ship or boat is a great craft for a teen! (Or for parents and teens to work on together as a family project)

Build a scale model of a 120 foot vessel from the 1800's.

You'll need your own paint and glue.

Ship in a Bottle

Ship in a Bottle
Ship in a Bottle | Source

Building a ship in a Bottle

For many of us one of life's little unsolved mysteries is the one of the ship in a bottle. How on earth did someone get that ship through the (seemingly) much smaller opening of the bottle?

Did you ever wonder about that?

The following video solves the mystery. Watch this to find out how it's done!

Putting a Ship Into a Bottle

Would You Build a Ship in a Bottle? - (a poll)

AFtr watching the above video, what do you think? Is building a ship in a bottle something you would like to do?

Would you like to build a ship in a bottle?

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USS Constitution - the oldest commissioned naval vessel in the world
USS Constitution - the oldest commissioned naval vessel in the world | Source

The USS Constitution

If you were going to build a model ship, there might not be a better choice than a model of the USS Constitution.

A three-masted heavy frigate, she first sailed in 1797. That's well over 200 years ago, and she's still seaworthy today. Not only that, she's still a commissioned naval vessel - the oldest in the world.

Before any of our parents were born, she

  • Helped defeat the Barbary Pirates in the First Barbary War (18/01 - 1805)
  • Fought in the War of 1812
  • Traveled around the world
  • Served as a Naval Acadamey training vessel during the Civil War
  • Sailed under her own power on her 200th birthday (1997)

Her nickname is "Old Ironsides," but how she earned that moniker is a topic fdor another article.

Today, you can tour her in Boston, where she is manned by active duty naval personnel on special assignment.

Backyard and Beyond Ship/Bottle - Constitution
Backyard and Beyond Ship/Bottle - Constitution

Build a famous ship in a bottle.

For adults, and kids over the age of 10

Detailed instructions included. (You'll need them!)


Turn a Jigsaw Puzzle

Into a Craft Project

Did you know that you can combine jigsaw puzzling and crafting?

You can when you preserve and frame your completed puzzle!

Here's a page that offers not only a selection of nautical jigsaw puzzles, but also a how-to video on preserving your completed puzzle.

Jigsaw Puzzles - Ships and the Sea
Jigsaw puzzles are the perfect family activity! They're fun for all ages, from toddlers to seniors. Jigsaw puzzles of ships and the sea are enjoyable to work...

Craft Accessories

Materials for Finishing Nautical Projects

Need some nautical materials to go into a nautical project? Here are a couple ... maybe one will even give you an idea for a great new finished product!

Nautical Trim for Sewing Projects

Whether your sewing project is a piece of apparel, tote bat, a throw pillow for your living room, or something else, ready made nautical trim, like this jacquard ribbon may be just the finishing touch that you need.

It comes in a five yard length, and can be used in a variety of projects.

Martha Stewart Nautical Stencils, medium

Complete your nauatical crafts with professional looking designs using these stencils. Or, simplly add a nautical touch to an existing item.

Instructions are included with this two sheet of nautical themed stencils from Martha Stewart.

Each sheet is 8.75" by 9.75 inches, with multiple stencils on each sheet. Can be applied to many different surfaces.

Fourteen different designs, some of which are a lighthouse, anchor, sailboats, and international maritime signal flags.

The Navy's Newest Commissioned Vessel

Now that you know that the USS Constitution is the Navy's oldest commissioned ship, you might be wondering about its newest.

Commissioined in march, 2014, the USS Somerset is an Amphibious Transport Dock. This means she carries other landing craft and other military vehicles. (So, she's like a ship that carries a number of boatd.) These ships can also have landing decks for helicopters, though I don't know if the Somerset does or not.

Named for Somerset County in Pennsylvainia, which is where Flight 93 crashed into a field during the September 11th attacks. The name honors those who were on board that flight.

The USS Somerset

The USS Somerset is the most recently commissioned vessel in the US Navy
The USS Somerset is the most recently commissioned vessel in the US Navy | Source

Nautical Crafts for Little Ones

Children from five to seven years old might like to work on some nautical craft projects, too.

While most model ship building would be too difficult for that age group, there are other things they can do.

For example nautical themed sewing kits are appropriate for three and four year olds. A plastic needle is included to make the big stitches needed to sew together the front and back of each of the three felt shapes. Stuffing and hanging ribbons complete the kit

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      6 years ago

      Lots of fun ideas~ thanks for sharing :)

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      Kumar P S 

      6 years ago

      Nice lens ! Thanks for sharing.

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      6 years ago

      These look like so much fun. Blessed!


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