How to Make a Paper Model Gondola

By Lily Potter
Gondola bows have a distinctive flair.

Gondolas are the traditional boat of Venice, Italy, and the primary means of transportation in a city that has waterways (canals) instead of roads. Because of Venice's unique history and architecture, learning about it can be a fun way to help kids learn more about the world. Making paper gondolas is a great, easy craft to accompany such a lesson. If you have a group of kids, top the activity off with "gondola races" where kids get to move forward based on their knowledge of Italy.

Fold a piece of black construction paper in half, lengthwise.

Glue the left and right edges together. Allow to dry.

Draw a faint outline of a gondola, in chalk, with the folded edge as the bottom of the boat.

Cut out the top shape, leaving behind the boat. If you are crafting with older kids, allow them to cut it out themselves.

Cut the comb bow out of yellow construction paper. Attach to one end of the gondola with glue or tape, placing it between the sides of the construction paper.

Cut three 2-inch strips of blue construction paper (the color doesn't really matter, but blue looks like water.) Tape ends together to form rings.

Make two slits on each ring, on opposite sides of the circle. This is where the gondola will sit.

Decorate the exterior of the gondola with glitter paint. Be creative.

Go ahead and race your boat. It is now complete.

Tip

You can also decorate your gondola with cut pieces of construction paper glued to the outside. Advanced crafters can hold the boat with popsicle sticks inserted to resemble benches.

About the Author

Based in Austin, Texas, Lily Potter has been freelancing since 2003. Recently, she has been reporting on local government for "The Statesman." While she holds a Master of Science in information science from the University of Texas, her true passions are research, writing and reporting.