Picture of How to Build a Wooden Popsicle Stick Ship
Our oldest recently was tasked with a family project to build a model of one of the three ships that sailed with Columbus when he discovered the New World.  As luck would have it, she chose to build the Nina over the Pinta or the Santa Maria.  Why lucky?  Because the Nina was not only the smallest of the three but it also has a modern full size replica that sails about and has a lot of pictures on the internet.  This provided us with some great reference pictures!

We were free to choose the medium in which we desired to work and she chose Popsicle sticks.  So far we were off to a great start!  Our ship had to include a main deck with a raised railing, sails with rigging, a flag, and the ship's name on it somewhere.  With task in hand we took to the internet to find some sort of guidance.  I certainly didn't expect to find a "Here's How to Build the Nina out of Popsicle Sticks" guide, but I assumed someone somewhere would have something we could use as a jumping off point to modify to suit our needs.  You know what?  There wasn't!  After an exhaustive search (which included shout outs to friends on Facebook) I settled on the one and only thing I could find which was a 12 step instruction set that was lifted directly out of a craft book and posted on eHow.  Unfortunately, whomever posted it grossly misunderstood the importance of pictures.  The instructions were very sketchy at best so after about the third or fourth step we felt we had enough to go on our own and just abandoned them completely.

So to help out anyone else choosing to undertake such an endeavor, I present to you my very first attempt at an Instructable!
mohammad28304 months ago

how long did it take you to bulid this

owlswarder (author)  mohammad28304 months ago

We were given a week for the whole project so, subtracting the first couple of days for deciding what medium to use, how to approach it, and collecting mats, I guess we spent about five days on it. I work during the days so that reflects mostly an hour or two an evening and then the weekend was off and on as drying times allowed.

MaleehaL8 months ago

does this work on water like does it change direction and all. if not do u know how to make an easy working ship with sails and all that.

owlswarder (author)  MaleehaL8 months ago

No, this was just made to be a model for a school project and is not
watertight at all. Also, the masts and sails are all fixed and don't

Nice work, keep it up!

owlswarder (author)  spuangragsa11 months ago