DIY Electric Toy Boat




Simple DIY project to make home with kids or just for fun.

Part list:

  • foam
  • 3x AA batteries
  • battery holder
  • electric motor
  • tinplate from tin can
  • two side tape
  • hot glue
  • wires
  • bbq bamboo stick


  • paper knife
  • scissors
  • bradawl

Step 1: Boat

Draw boat shape on sheet of paper, then on foam. Cut foam to size.

Step 2: Propeller

Mark propeller dimensions on tinplate and cut with scissors (don't use good scissors - they could be damaged)

Take bbq bamboo stick and punch hole in boat. It will be propellers axle

Make center hole with bradawl, then glue propeller on bamboo stick

Step 3: Motor and Steering

Take a hot glue and attach motor to axle. Then glue motor to boat. Keep in mind that foam could melt because of hot glue.

Attach battery holder to boat with two side tape

Cut steering plates from tinplate, make cuts in back of boat and place them there

Connect wires from battery holder to motor

Step 4: Take a Ride


Put boat in water, start engine and you are ready to go

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    1 year ago

    This is so innovative! Great job.