Feb 042014

As a young boy, John Pollack built boats from scrap wood that eventually sank.  He dreamed of building a boat from something that couldn’t sink….corks.
CorkBoat John Pollack
Over the next 25 years, he never stopped saving corks.  His book, Cork Boat, is a memorable account of making his dream a reality.  His 27 foot boat is made of 165,321 corks, large rubber bands, fishnet and heavy cord.

My grandsons made their cork boats on a much smaller scale, since we don’t drink that much wine!
Cork Boat finished
Cork boat assembly
Cork Boat assembly 1


They each decided how big to make their boats by gluing rows of three or four corks together.

After many warnings of what happens when hot glue touches fingers, they became very adept at using my glue gun.

Wooden skewers pushed easily into the corks for masts and swizzle sticks became rudders.

Foam sheets from Michaels Craft Store were cut and glued to the base.


Then the boy’s creativity kicked in by adding a foam crow’s nest, helm, cannon and flags.


Finally we had to stop making boats, when we ran out of corks and hot glue.Cork Boat foam sheet assembly


Cork Boat ready for launch




Now off to the bathtub to launch the fleet linked together with paper clips.
Cork Boats flotilla
  Camp Grandma is always looking new craft ideas.   What’s your kid’s wintertime favorite?

  26 Responses to “Save Those Wine Corks For Our Cruise Boat”

  1. Oh Neva, I wish I could come to one of your Camp Grandma’s – they look like so much fun. I should be storing up your ideas for when I have grandchildren one of these days.

  2. Lovely photos 🙂

  3. You are so clever Neva! I know I’m not going to be good at all these handicrafts when the time comes! I wouldn’t know how to work a glue gun! Let’s hope I have girls so Grandma can teach them to cook!

    • I’ve found an entire new world of things to do and learn about now that I’m retired. I’m sure you’ll be a fantastic grandmom.

  4. What a great idea for involving kids in your love of travel~

  5. You are an awesome grandma! I really like that do things with your grandkids that’s geared towards them. Perhaps you have inspired the boys to one day create their own 27 foot Cork Boat.

  6. I bet your grandsons LOVE coming over! It looks like you keep them busy with lots of fun activities. More than most grandmothers, I’d guess!

    • Thanks and I love having them over. I’m just a kid at heart and we have so much fun together. This is one of the perks of being retired.

  7. Incredible crafty idea! You are such an awesome grandparent.

  8. This looks like fun. I think I could save up enough wine corks to make my own, Not a problem around here!

    • It was fun and the kids are getting better with the glue gun. The corks are becoming plastic now, but I guess they still float.

  9. This is such a fun idea to get kids crafting!

  10. That was a fun thing to make for your grandsons! My children and nephews and nieces are all grown up now. I hope I can be a fun grandma like you when the time comes that I would have little kids in the house again. Thanks for sharing!

  11. I love your pictures. Your very creative ! Love the boat your grandson made with the corks I know my little boy would love playing with a boat like that!

    Kim ~ This ole Mom

  12. Very artistic for a young man to do such thing 😀

  13. What a super adorable project! Haha, I always wondered what to do with those leftover wine corks…!

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