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Forty Days of Crafts: Envelope Fishing Boat

Suggested reading: The Blessing of the Lord: Stories from the Old and New Testaments
Suggested reading: The Blessing of the Lord: Stories from the Old and New Testaments

“And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him.”
— Matthew 8:23 (ESV)

Jesus traveled by boat many times during his ministry around the Sea of Galilee, and three of his greatest miracles (the calming of the storm, walking on water, and the miraculous catch of fish) took place in or around a boat. Share stories of Jesus’ preaching and miracles as you make this fun paper fishing boat.


  • Skewer
  • Scissors
  • Crayons
  • Glue Stick
  • Envelope

Step 1: Cut the envelope diagonally from the top corner of the flap to just below the overlap (as shown below).


Step 2: Take the top section of the envelope and cut off the overlapping tip at the fold.


Step 3: Cut a slight “U” shape at the top of the bottom section. Then fold the bottom half-inch of the envelope up and crease it. Flip the envelope and repeat on the other side.

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Step 4: Use markers to decorate the bottom section of the envelope as desired.


Step 5: Open the envelope and push down to flatten the bottom of the boat.

Step 6: Flip the boat over, fold the two pointy ends in, and secure them with tape to the bottom of the boat.


Step 7: Attach the top section of the envelope to the skewer with the fat end down to make the sail. (You can color, decorate, or write a Bible verse on the sail if you like.)


Step 8: Attach the bottom of the skewer to the inside of the boat with tape.



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