Welcome to an amazing DIY guide that will show you 20 boat ideas that you can use to make a real and toy boat for yourself and your kids. This DIY is full of guides that will make the building task less stressful, all you have to do is to follow the steps and instructions correctly and you’ll be on your merry way to a wonderful boat-making time.
Without further ado, let’s begin. Here are 20 DIY Boat Ideas you should definitely check out!
1. Homemade Pontoon Boat
Here is a pontoon boat idea, you’ve probably heard of this boat before, it is super effective and can be done with a few simple materials. This is a homemade pontoon boat that requires some metal pipes, welding, and a few other supplies to make the boat durable in water.
2. How To Make Boat Using PVC Pipe
The creator made this using PVC pipe, it was super easy to build and it didn’t cost much. The PVC pipes that the creator used are pretty large and are also durable. The creator also used a 42cc 2-stroke engine at home and it worked perfectly.
3. DIY Boat From Plastic Bottles
Unlike the first two video guides on my list above that are more realistic, this particular guide will teach you how to use plastic bottles to make a boat. It seems impossible, because of the questions on everyone’s mind, ‘how will the boat float?’ Well, it did and it can work for you too.
4. DIY Simple Boat With Plastic Barrel
To start this video guide, you'll need two 200L drums, cut them into 2 equal pieces, and use some wood planks to frame the sides and hold all the pieces of the drum in place. You’ll also need wood for the paddle. This project is quick and easy to perform. There are a few other steps to take before you are certain that this can float on water, check the video to learn more.
5. DIY Sponge Boat Craft For Kids
Unlike the first 4 guides on my list, this particular boat is not meant for swimming in real waters. This is a boat craft for kids. It is super easy to make and it doesn’t cost much for the materials, and the making process is fast and easy.
6. DIY Stem Boats For Students
Here is another guide with similar boat ideas, but this is now a bit advanced in the craft category. This can even be used as your child's science project. It’s super easy and simple to build.
7. DIY Duct Tape Kayak
There are a lot of things that are wrong with this guide, but it’s simple to build so far. The creator used duct tape to make the body of the boat. This won’t be solid, it might stay on the water for a while, but it's still a super easy guide regardless.
8. DIY Survival Boat
This guide is pretty simple, you’ll be turning a mattress into a boat. It’s easy, cheap, with homemade materials and tools. The making process is effortless and requires a few hours of your day, and you'll be done.
9. How To Build A Boat Out Of Pine Wood
This video guide will require an expert woodworking skill level to be able to make the boat that the creator made with a few pinewood boards. After using a table saw, a planer, and a few other machines for woodwork projects, the creator made an outstanding boat that is worth the stress, although it’s pretty small, you can use the idea to make something bigger.
10. How To Build A Boat Out Of Plywood
This is another woodworking project, but this one is simpler and doable by anyone with the right woodworking tools, regardless of their skill level. The creator started by cutting pieces of 6mm plywood, then onto the framework, and the bottom part and you’re good to go.
11. How To Make A Sailboat Out Of Styrofoam
Is it possible to use styrofoam to make a boat? This video tutorial guide has made it possible. You can now take a boat from a few materials like wood, styrofoam, screws, and a few tools. The boat floated pretty well, and it’s perfect if you want to go fishing. It also has a sail that you can use to navigate the direction of the boat.
12. Instant Canoe In A Can
Here in this video guide, the creators want to use a can spray foam to make a boat. It’s possible and it worked, the only downside is that it’s not airtight, so the water will just pass through any gap on the foam. This project is also time-consuming because you have to wait for the foam to dry before you continue. The creators also made this foam by spray over an existing boat for the foam to take the shape of the boat mold.
13. How To Build A Wooden Boat
This guide is a great guide to follow if you want to make a sturdy wooden boat for yourself. The creator made 2 skiffs for the boat: the front skiff, and the back skiff. Then when all the woodworking build was done, the creator assembled both skiffs to form one whole boat.
14. DIY Simple Boat
This should be the best boat idea on this list that works and looks great on the water. The creator used some wood plywood sheets, silicone sealant, gorilla glue, latex paint, Sandpaper, screws, paracord, and a few other woodworking tools. The making process is super easy to follow, and also fast if you’re an expert woodworker.
15. How To Make A Quick Boat
This boat idea can pass for a standard boat for boat race due to the way it’s built. This was made with a few plywood boards, and other woodworking materials, and tools. This guide also has a lot of images that will show you how to make them from start to finish. You’ll also need some fiberglass tape, stainless steel screws, waterproof glue, and other essential supplies.
16. DIY Motor Boat Toy
If your kid is bored and needs a boat to play with, here is an amazing guide that will teach you how to make a small safe motorboat toy. The making process is super easy and doable for even your kids, but they should be supervised because of the use of a motor and battery.
17. DIY Electric Boat At Home
This project is only to direct you through the electrical making process and not to make an entire boat from scratch. You’ll need a 24v 250w motor and a speed controller grip. You can check the link in the video description to learn more and see where the creator bought he’s from.
If you don’t have electrical knowledge, you have nothing to be afraid of, the guide is pretty easy to follow, with the right electrical tools at your disposal, you’ll be done in no time.
18. Building Boats From Plastic Drums
The creator of this guide made this boat from plastic drums, and a few other supplies. The making process is super easy to follow and you’ll need a few tools to work with. The creator made the frame from metal square pipes, before cutting a plastic drum to make the body of the boat.
19. How To Make A Big RC Boat
This is not a real boat as the name implies, it’s an RC boat, and it’s pretty big. The making process requires a lot of measuring and cutting for all the pieces of the wood board to fit in perfectly.
20. How To Make A Candle Powered Boat Toy For Kids
This project is simple and easy to make. This can even be done by your kids but the boat is not durable, and can not go on for a long time. It’s a candle-powered boat, meaning you need to construct it in such a way that the boat will move as the candle is lit up and it propels other smaller mechanisms under the small toy boat.
That’s all we have for you today, the guides are simple and easy to follow, and not that expensive. Most of the real boats made can’t last for a long time, so you need to pick the ones that suit your needs.
Nevertheless, it’s good to have the idea of how to make a boat real quick in case you've met in a situation where you need a boat on a matter of urgency. Thanks for your time, bye.