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Recycling Materials for a Model Vinta

Safety Warning

Be careful when using cutting knife, scissors, and hot glue/glue gun.



  • Cardboard and illustration board

  • Chopsticks

  • Cut out pieces of colored paper and magazines

  • Acrylic paint

  • Double-sided tape or masking tape

  • glue gun and glue stick

  • Copper wire

  • Pencil

  • Ruler

  • Scissors and cutter

  • Cutting board


  1. Start by sketching the shape of the Vinta body onto a piece of cardboard paper. If you break it down, you’re combining a rounded rectangle and a few triangles. When you put them all together, you come up with a boat shape! The top part of the boat is 10 inches long. On the other hand, the bottom part is 9 inches long. The height of the boat is approximately 2.5 inches.

  2. Make three more copies of the cardboard Vinta body. Use double-sided tape to stick the pairs of bodies together.

  3. Place thin strips of tape on the left and right edges of the pairs and stick them together. Once you stick together the edges, you will form a mouth-like structure. Paint the body of the boat with acrylic paint.

  4. Take a larger, rectangular piece of illustration board that's longer and wider than the boat. Paint it a deep shade of blue to mimic the seas! Place the Vinta on top of the board to check, making sure to keep the sandwich opened.

  5. Take a 2.5 x 1.5 inch piece of illustration board and put some hot glue on the edges. Insert it inside our sandwich to open it up. Using hot glue, stick the whole boat body onto the blue board once you finished putting in the middle part. To add even more structure and stability to the Vinta, add 1.5x1.5 inch squares inside the Vinta, closer to the edges

  6. To make the wooden parts, cut out some pieces of wood from the chopsticks. Make sure that you ask mommy or daddy’s help for cutting the wooden pieces.

  7. Make two pieces that are seven inches long, two nine-inch barbecue sticks, and three uncut chopsticks. These will serve as the poles for the sail and the wooden parts on the sides.

  8. Glue one of the uncut chopsticks onto the center cardboard in the boat. This will be used for the sail later on.

  9. Make decorations for your Vinta by cutting up strips of paper and triangle-shaped ones. Use double-sided tape to stick the strips onto the sides of your boat.

  10. For the sail, make alternating columns of triangles in different colors and also put in rectangular strips to accentuate them. Stick all the pieces onto a square piece of cardboard that you cut out.

  11. Place the other two uncut chopsticks on either side of the sail and stick them with hot glue.

  12. To assemble the boat and sail like in our model, glue the sail onto the chopstick attached to the middle part of the Vinta. Make sure that the sail is tilted when you attach it.

  13. Using your cutter or a barbecue stick, carefully make two holes on either side of your boat. Put the barbecue sticks through each of the holes.

  14. Finally, put in the last two chopsticks on either side of the boat and attach them using some copper wires. Loop the wire to form an ‘X’ pattern. Do this four times and there you have it! You now have your very own Vinta.

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