3D Riverboat – Steamboat Cut File

Let’s just get to it, because I am way too excited about this design! I have another intricate project that I really hope you’ll love as much as I do. So crack out the cardstock and hot glue—it’s time to make this 3D riverboat!

3D Riverboat

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My own experience with riverboats is limited to the vessels at the Disney parks, and a beautiful steamboat I saw in Portland. But they obviously leave quite the impression! There is just a nostalgic feel about them, and the overall design is incredibly charming. So, when I had the idea to create my own, it just stuck.

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This is another one of those projects that takes some time to complete, but I promise that it’s totally worth the effort!

Supplies

How to Make It

1. Use your cutting machine or X-ACTO knife, along with my template, to cut out all of the 3D riverboat pieces.

Note: If you are using the SVG files that includes the score lines, don’t forget to set them as such in Cricut Design Space and attach them to their shapes before sending through your cutting machine. I used a lime green color to mark the score lines, so hopefully that helps! If you’re having trouble with the score lines, check out this video.

 

Assembling the Different Levels

2. Contrary to intuition, it’s actually best to start this project from the top and work your way down.

So, first assemble the top deck and crowning, rectangular structure.

Note: Two of the white deck pieces are nearly identical. Make sure that you use the one with the correct slits that correspond with the rectangular structure for this portion.

Once the top two pieces are connected, use the slits provided to adhere the top railing.

 

3. Next, assemble the two interior level structures: layering the white arching pieces on top of the grey form.

 

4. Start putting them all together, working your way down the boat levels. Attach the interior (grey and white) structure to the top of the next deck before attaching the exterior arch tabs.

 

Assembling the Base

5. To assemble the base, start by folding/attaching the side pieces to one of the bottom pieces.

Before attaching the top section, add the little tail fin pieces to both the top/inside edges at the back of the boat and inside the slits in the back piece. (This is where the water wheel is going to attach.) Complete the bottom section by gluing on the other grey, bottom piece to the top of the frame.

Attach the rest of your railings and main structure pieces to the bottom, white deck piece. Then, glue it to the base.

 

Assembling the Paddlewheel

6. This is probably the most time-consuming portion of this project, but it’s really fun to see it come together.

Simply fold the ends of each paddle, and attach them to the cross beams: going in the same direction each time. Repeat over and over again, all the way around. Then, do the same thing to attach each wheel section together in a row.

Once your wheel is complete, push the lollipop stick through the tail flaps and the center of the paddlewheel.

 

Final Embellishments

7. To make the smokestacks, just roll up the small grey pieces, and glue the gold “crown” embellishments to the top. Flare the gold pieces out a bit for effect. Then, attach the banner piece between the two smokestacks.

Fold in all the bottom tabs, and glue the smokestacks to the front of the top deck.

 

8. Make the little buntings by folding the long red strips accordion style, pulling the fan out, and then attaching the small red strip to the top with a  couple dabs of hot glue.

Attach the buntings at intervals around the railings of the ship, and add any other details you’d like to complete your 3D steamboat!

I mean, it just doesn’t get more charming that this, does it?

And I am particularly proud of how the wheel turned out. While I was doing the design, I wasn’t exactly sure if it would look legit or not. But it turned out even better than I hoped!

3D Riverboat

I use Adobe Illustrator for all of my designs, and a Cricut Maker to bring my creations to life. For tips on creating fun paper cuts like this one, see the FAQ section on my website. Also, be sure to check out the other 3D freebies available on my blog!

Enjoy making your very own, 3D riverboat! I hope you have as much fun putting it together as I did. Be sure to share your stunning results with me on Instagram!

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70 Comments

70 Comments on 3D Riverboat – Steamboat Cut File

  1. Cindy
    February 11, 2021 at 6:45 am (3 months ago)

    OMGosh!!! Mandee that is phenomenal!!!!

    Reply
    • Mandee
      February 11, 2021 at 10:33 am (3 months ago)

      Aww, thank you so much Cindy!!

      Reply
  2. Tracy Gregoire
    February 11, 2021 at 6:49 am (3 months ago)

    WOW! Outstanding! The fact that in addition to it being incredible, you made it a freebie!! Thanks so much it reminds me of my trip to Nashville! So many great memories

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    • Mandee
      February 11, 2021 at 10:33 am (3 months ago)

      Yay! I’m so glad you like it Tracy!! 😀

      Reply
  3. Patti Schafer
    February 11, 2021 at 7:10 am (3 months ago)

    This is amazing Mandee

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    • Mandee
      February 11, 2021 at 10:34 am (3 months ago)

      Thank you so much Patti!!

      Reply
  4. Shirl
    February 11, 2021 at 7:21 am (3 months ago)

    Amazing detail!!! Cannot wait to make!

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    • Mandee
      February 11, 2021 at 10:34 am (3 months ago)

      Have a great time! It’s a super fun one!!

      Reply
  5. TERRY SMITH
    February 11, 2021 at 7:49 am (3 months ago)

    AH-MAZING!!!! I too have only experienced a rive boat at Disney World which has just been returned to the water after a refurb of both the ship and the track it rides on. I can’t even begin to imagine the amount of time you put into this fabulous creation. Thank you so much!

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    • Mandee
      February 11, 2021 at 10:36 am (3 months ago)

      I’m excited about that! I think the riverboat has been down on both of my most recent trips to Disneyland and Disney World. I hope to go on them again soon!!

      Reply
  6. D
    February 11, 2021 at 8:37 am (3 months ago)

    This is amazing.

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    • Mandee
      February 11, 2021 at 10:36 am (3 months ago)

      You are too kind!

      Reply
  7. Ginette Legendre
    February 11, 2021 at 8:52 am (3 months ago)

    WoW! This is awesome . Thank you so much for sharing that file with us. It’s great!

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    • Mandee
      February 11, 2021 at 10:36 am (3 months ago)

      I’m so glad you like it!! ❤️

      Reply
  8. Jamie
    February 11, 2021 at 8:52 am (3 months ago)

    Your talent as a paper artist is incredible. Thank you for sharing these generous gifts! ❤

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    • Mandee
      February 11, 2021 at 10:37 am (3 months ago)

      Aww, you are too sweet! I’m so pleased you enjoy my work. 😊

      Reply
  9. Cindy M
    February 11, 2021 at 9:09 am (3 months ago)

    This is such a cutie!!

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    • Mandee
      February 11, 2021 at 10:37 am (3 months ago)

      Thank you! ❤️

      Reply
  10. CHERYL Wood
    February 11, 2021 at 9:19 am (3 months ago)

    Wow! This is amazing!

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    • Mandee
      February 11, 2021 at 10:38 am (3 months ago)

      Thanks so much Cheryl!! 😀

      Reply
  11. Susy
    February 11, 2021 at 10:15 am (3 months ago)

    You are so clever and generous. Thank you.

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    • Mandee
      February 11, 2021 at 10:38 am (3 months ago)

      Thank you Susy! You are very sweet. 😊

      Reply
  12. Christine
    February 11, 2021 at 10:55 am (3 months ago)

    Wow, das ist so wundervoll …vielen Dank

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    • Mandee
      February 12, 2021 at 10:22 am (3 months ago)

      So glad you like it Christine!!

      Reply
  13. MAGDA
    February 11, 2021 at 11:38 am (3 months ago)

    GRACIAS ,ESTA GENIAL

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    • Mandee
      February 12, 2021 at 10:23 am (3 months ago)

      You’re very welcome! 😊

      Reply
  14. Darin Schlaggel
    February 11, 2021 at 11:40 am (3 months ago)

    Oh my gosh!! Thank you so much! This is beautiful. I can’t wait to make it:)

    Reply
    • Mandee
      February 12, 2021 at 10:23 am (3 months ago)

      You’re going to have a blast! 😀

      Reply
  15. Ali van den Berge
    February 11, 2021 at 12:29 pm (3 months ago)

    Ohhhhwwwowoo how beautiful.. My friend from Chicago went there often to go out for the wekend… You are so talented. Thank you very much.

    Reply
    • Mandee
      February 12, 2021 at 10:24 am (3 months ago)

      I Anytime my designs can strike a chord with people, I count that as a win! Glad you like it!!

      Reply
  16. Carla Hundley
    February 11, 2021 at 2:18 pm (3 months ago)

    Oh this is amazing and
    so charming! You are
    so talented and thanks
    for the free file.
    Carla from Utah

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    • Mandee
      February 12, 2021 at 10:24 am (3 months ago)

      You are too kind!! ❤️

      Reply
  17. Marie Andersson
    February 11, 2021 at 2:20 pm (3 months ago)

    Anotjher lovely must do project! Going to cut it out tomorrow… so I have something when my bagalbum is finished.

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    • Mandee
      February 12, 2021 at 10:24 am (3 months ago)

      Have fun!! 😀

      Reply
  18. Catherine
    February 11, 2021 at 4:47 pm (3 months ago)

    Wow!! You are an incredible artist. I love your designs!

    Reply
    • Mandee
      February 12, 2021 at 10:25 am (3 months ago)

      Aww, thank you so much Catherine!! ❤️

      Reply
  19. Gail
    February 11, 2021 at 4:53 pm (3 months ago)

    Oh my Goodness lol Thank You so much 🙂 I love love love it 🙂 The first thing I thought of was Disneyland too. I can’t believe I’m so excited about this lol. I want to go to Disneyland again. ♥

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    • Mandee
      February 12, 2021 at 10:25 am (3 months ago)

      You and me both!! Can’t wait to ride the real thing again someday.

      Reply
  20. Tammy
    February 11, 2021 at 4:58 pm (3 months ago)

    This is so beautiful! .Thank you for sharing your talent

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    • Mandee
      February 12, 2021 at 10:25 am (3 months ago)

      Thanks Tammy! I’m so pleased that you like it. 😊

      Reply
  21. Lester Davenport
    February 11, 2021 at 5:07 pm (3 months ago)

    “Oh, my Tom Sawyer!” Mark Twain That’s Terrific! Thank you so much. Love this.

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    • Mandee
      February 12, 2021 at 10:26 am (3 months ago)

      Thank you!! 😊

      Reply
  22. katherine leggett
    February 11, 2021 at 11:40 pm (3 months ago)

    thank you the boat is beautiful and i will be trying to make one soon

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    • Mandee
      February 12, 2021 at 10:26 am (3 months ago)

      Yay! Have so much fun making it!!

      Reply
  23. Helen J Roberts
    February 12, 2021 at 6:41 am (3 months ago)

    I can only think of one thing to say: Absolutely Stunning!

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    • Mandee
      February 12, 2021 at 10:26 am (3 months ago)

      Aww, thank you Helen! 😊

      Reply
  24. Kathy
    February 12, 2021 at 6:47 pm (3 months ago)

    This design is amazing, I have never seen one like it. You are an incredible artist and engineer. I am awestruck by your amazing 3D crafts, 3D paper crafts are my absolute favorite. Your instructions are amazing too, you not only design these marvels of design and engineering, but you build them and show us how it’s done! Thank you so much for sharing yet another fantastic design.

    Reply
    • Mandee
      February 15, 2021 at 1:24 pm (3 months ago)

      Thank you so much Kathy!! It’s always nice to see the outcome of a project like this. It was a challenge, but well worth it. So glad you continue to enjoy my projects!

      Reply
  25. Joyce
    February 13, 2021 at 10:35 am (3 months ago)

    Hi,
    I am enjoying putting this riverboat together, but as shown on your finished riverboat, I do not have cut pieces for the gold crowning on the top piece and also the small gold bits attached to the top of the railing supports just under the fan design. Any help with getting these pieces is appreciated. Thanks.

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    • Mandee
      February 15, 2021 at 1:27 pm (3 months ago)

      Hi Joyce! The small gold circles on the railings are just drawn in with a metallic marker. I probably should have mentioned that!

      As for the gold “crown” pieces, those should show up layered on top of the grey column pieces in the file (located near the bottom right if you are using the SVG file).

      Reply
      • Joyce
        February 16, 2021 at 8:11 am (3 months ago)

        Thanks so much for your reply. And thanks for sharing this fantastic riverboat SVG.
        You are a great paper artist!

        Reply
  26. Melissa
    February 13, 2021 at 12:58 pm (3 months ago)

    This is absolutely amazing! I just love all of your files and I think I even have my Mom hooked 🙂 Thank you for all of your hard work and for sharing your creative mind. You are inspiring!

    Reply
    • Mandee
      February 15, 2021 at 1:27 pm (3 months ago)

      I love that! Glad you could rope your mom in too. There’s nothing like sharing a passion for crafting!! 😊

      Reply
  27. Carolyn Howe
    February 13, 2021 at 7:14 pm (3 months ago)

    Just started cutting. Can’t wait to put it together! Thank you from r this free design!

    Reply
    • Mandee
      February 15, 2021 at 1:28 pm (3 months ago)

      Yay!! Have so much fun! 😊

      Reply
  28. Pam
    February 16, 2021 at 12:32 pm (3 months ago)

    Thank you so much for this awesome project! I just finished and am in LOVE….

    Reply
    • Mandee
      February 17, 2021 at 10:18 am (3 months ago)

      Yay!! That makes me so happy to hear. 😄

      Reply
  29. Cindy
    February 26, 2021 at 8:53 am (3 months ago)

    Beautiful design! Thank you so much for sharing your incredible work with us.

    Reply
  30. SusyC
    February 26, 2021 at 9:13 am (3 months ago)

    You are absolutely amazing and so generous. Thank you.

    Reply
  31. Monique BRET
    February 26, 2021 at 12:23 pm (3 months ago)

    Waouuuuuuuuuuu ! C’est génial !!!!!!! FORMIDABLE ! Merci beaucoup !

    Reply
    • Mandee
      March 1, 2021 at 10:01 am (3 months ago)

      You are very welcome!! 😊

      Reply
  32. JOYCE SELF
    March 4, 2021 at 8:04 am (2 months ago)

    I live in Louisville, KY and we have a river boat, the Belle of Louisville. This will be awesome to make to represent Louisville. So happy to have found this pattern! Thanks!

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    • Mandee
      March 4, 2021 at 10:49 am (2 months ago)

      How awesome!! I’m glad I could make something that reflects your hometown. 😀

      Reply
  33. Bobbi
    March 22, 2021 at 2:01 pm (2 months ago)

    The riverboat is stunning. Thank you so much.

    Reply
  34. judi
    March 22, 2021 at 3:29 pm (2 months ago)

    Beautiful! thank you for sharing your talent and files with us.

    Reply
    • Mandee
      March 24, 2021 at 12:33 pm (2 months ago)

      You are very welcome Judi! I’m so glad you enjoy my work. 😊

      Reply
  35. Jen
    March 22, 2021 at 7:45 pm (2 months ago)

    Amazing!! Thank you for sharing.

    Reply
  36. Vero FABRE
    March 23, 2021 at 12:48 am (2 months ago)

    wahou realy amazing, i am not sure to use your sharing but thanks a lot
    hugs from France

    Reply
  37. Tammy Joyce
    March 24, 2021 at 5:19 am (2 months ago)

    This is the cutest thing I have seen in a while. Thank you so much for sharing your time and talent with us.

    Reply
    • Mandee
      March 24, 2021 at 12:35 pm (2 months ago)

      Aww, thanks for your kind words Tammy!!

      Reply

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