Party Wishing Boats - DIY

by Jo Williams April 14, 2013

Wishing boats are traditionally made from banana leaves and set sail carrying coins and flowers, they are thought to banish bad luck. Paper wishing boats make a great addition to your party celebration whether it be a birthday, baby shower, wedding or engagement.  They make perfect little party decorations and can be used as place settings, sweet holders and even hung or strung together to make bunting. Alternatively you could just add a wish and set them to sail! (they really do float)

I had a go at making my own with my children out of old magazines and scrap paper. I made these when I was a child and the simple steps of folding soon came flooding back but there are simple instructions here.

These would make a cute addition to any party, particularly a party with a nautical theme perhaps a pirate or explorer party, you could even recycle old maps. Sheet music or old novels would create beautiful wedding boats and if you were having an evening celebration these boats could even carry night lights - be as creative as you wish!



Jo Williams
Jo Williams


Jo Williams is the Creative Director of Pretty Little Party Shop. Jo has been the spearhead of creating new party trends for over six years. There is no-one better qualified to bring you the newest, coolest and most innovative ideas from the party and balloon world.

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