Making a Midsummer flower boat is a fun and memorable way to commemorate the Summer Solstice, that kids especially love. For your paper boat, you can use any kind of paper. Why not use something you were going to throw into the recycle bin anyway? Newspaper or what we call “good on one side paper” is fine. A rectangular shape works best.
1. Fold paper in half with the fold at the top.
2. Fold the top two corners down to meet in the center.
3. Fold one layer of the bottom strip of paper up.
4. Flip over and fold the back bottom strip of paper up to be even with the front. (Right now you have a hat!)
5. Open it up, turn it on it’s side, and press down flat.
6. Fold bottom point up to meet the top point.
7. Turn over and do the same to the back.
8. Open, turn on it’s side, and flatten again.
9. Open up into a boat!
Decorate the boat and dip the top of the sail and side ends in oil. Fill it with flowers (and prayer slips, if you like). Set it in a stream and light it on fire at the top and sides. Watch it sail it off, blazing like the summer sun, to carry your prayers and wishes to the realm of gods and spirits.
Green is Gold.
Fire is Wet.
For more Summer Solstice fun, see Kids’ Activities for Midsummer / Summer Solstice.