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How to Make a Boat in a Nutshell

by Jan Mh on February 06, 2015

How to Make a Boat in a Nutshell

Walnut shell boats are quaint little models to make at home with the kids or just for your own amusement. They actually float, making it possible to have races with friends when you've made a few. For young and old alike, walnut boats are super fun.


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    Assemble the items needed. These are listed below under "Things You'll Need." Walnuts still in their shells can be purchased from farmers markets, fruit and vegetable grocers, Asian markets and some supermarkets. Or perhaps you have some growing on your backyard tree if you're lucky!
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    Crack the walnut as carefully as you can. Make sure that it is in two perfect halves. A hammer would be the best tool to use, but with a bit of patience you might be able to use a knife. Don't forget to take the nut out!
    • Keep a few walnuts with you just in case you make some mistakes. In fact, if you're aiming to make a few, have a little production line ready to go.
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    Cut a small shape out of the paper to create a sail. It can be a rectangle or a few triangles; get creative, although you might like to try different shapes to see which sail best.
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