Sailing on the sparkling sea
Cresting waves so blue
little walnut boats go by
as clouds go scudding through
Our little boats are very simply made, and they float very well indeed in bathtub, sink or pond.
Materials:- a half walnut shell
a small rectangle of paper
(roughly as long as your toothpick and half as wide)
two small beads that JUST fit the toothpick
(we melt ours in an old rice cooker but melting it in an old
double boiler or tin can in a hot water bath works well too.)
Fill the half walnut shell with melted beeswax. (Resting it in an egg carton keeps it upright) Poke your toothpick through each end of the paper and push the beads on top and bottom to keep it in a billowed out shape. Dip your toothpick sail into some melted beeswax and tap off any extra drips. This keeps your sail sturdy and waterproof. When the wax in the walnut shell starts to cool and solidify, push the toothpick into the still soft wax and let cool completely. Then you are ready to set sail.
Hope this brings a little sunshine to your day.