Ship in a Bottle – 3D Cut Files

Ahoy Mateys! I hope yer ready for another swashbuckling papercraft project. It’s time to bring the seaside to you this summer with yer very own ship in a bottle!

Ship in a Bottle

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Ship in a Bottle

Learn how to make this super cute, 3D ship in a bottle papercraft.

Materials

Instructions

  • Use your cutting machine or X-ACTO knife, along with my template, to cut out all of your ship in a bottle 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 them 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 Ship

  • Take the rectangular, brown ship piece and fold along the score lines. Connect the end tab to the opposite end and form the rough shape of the ship.
    Add glue to the tabs on one side and attach the sculped side of the ship. Do the same with the opposite side.
    Cut two, small pieces of your kabob stick. Curl your sails and attach one larger one and one smaller one to a kabob stick using hot glue. Attach the other two sails to the other kabob stick and glue them both to the deck of your ship.
    Lastly, fold the triangular sail section. Use hot glue to attach the peak to the sail at the top/front of the ship. Attach the other ends to the bowsprit (front).

Assembling the Water

  • Take the blue rectangular piece and fold along the score lines. Fold everything inward to form a box and attach the tabs to the inside.
    Take your two wave pieces and attach them to the two long sides of the box.

Assembling the Bottle

  • Layer the decorative bottle pieces together and attach the clear film pieces to the inside.
    Next, take the two long rectangular pieces (with tabs) and attach them together—connecting them on the sides that have 7 little tabs (not the sides with 8 tabs).
    Attach the whole piece around the perimeter of one of your bottle pieces, attaching the long tabs to the top and bottom and the little tabs around each of the curved edges. The mouth of the bottle will be left open.
  • With the bottle part-way assembled, glue the water section to the inside. Then attach the ship to the top of the water.
    With the ship securely placed inside, glue the other side of the bottle to the tabs provided.

Finishing Touches

  • Take the light brown “cork” piece and fold along the score lines. Attach each of the tabs to the inside until it forms a tapered rectangular box.
    Add some glue around the bottom portion of the cork and slip it inside the bottle’s opening.
  • Take your two decorative strips and attach them together. Glue them around the outside of the bottle.
    Layer your decorative anchor pieces together and attach them to the top of the bottle.
    Lastly, glue the two pieces of the octopus head together and attach them to the left side of the bottle by flaring out the two tabs and gluing them down. Take each of the arms and attach them so that they wrap around the bottle like so.
    Note: I found that the easiest way to position the arms was to start gluing them next to the octopus head and then winding them around the bottle—gluing as I went.
    Your ship in a bottle is complete!

Notes

When finished, this project is about 8.5" wide (including the octopus), 3.5" tall, and 2" deep.

View the full-size tutorial photos below.

Supplies

How to Make It

1. Use your cutting machine or X-ACTO knife, along with my template, to cut out all of your ship in a bottle 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 them 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 Ship

2. Take the rectangular, brown ship piece and fold along the score lines. Connect the end tab to the opposite end and form the rough shape of the ship.

Add glue to the tabs on one side and attach the sculped side of the ship. Do the same with the opposite side.

Cut two, small pieces of your kabob stick. Curl your sails and attach one larger one and one smaller one to a kabob stick using hot glue. Attach the other two sails to the other kabob stick and glue them both to the deck of your ship.

Lastly, fold the triangular sail section. Use hot glue to attach the peak to the sail at the top/front of the ship. Attach the other ends to the bowsprit (front).

 

Assembling the Water

3. Take the blue rectangular piece and fold along the score lines. Fold everything inward to form a box and attach the tabs to the inside.

Take your two wave pieces and attach them to the two long sides of the box.

 

Assembling the Bottle

4. Layer the decorative bottle pieces together and attach the clear film pieces to the inside.

Next, take the two long rectangular pieces (with tabs) and attach them together—connecting them on the sides that have 7 little tabs (not the sides with 8 tabs).

Attach the whole piece around the perimeter of one of your bottle pieces, attaching the long tabs to the top and bottom and the little tabs around each of the curved edges. The mouth of the bottle will be left open.

5. With the bottle part-way assembled, glue the water section to the inside. Then attach the ship to the top of the water.

With the ship securely placed inside, glue the other side of the bottle to the tabs provided.

 

Finishing Touches

6. Take the light brown “cork” piece and fold along the score lines. Attach each of the tabs to the inside until it forms a tapered rectangular box.

Add some glue around the bottom portion of the cork and slip it inside the bottle’s opening.

7. Take your two decorative strips and attach them together. Glue them around the outside of the bottle.

Layer your decorative anchor pieces together and attach them to the top of the bottle.

Lastly, glue the two pieces of the octopus head together and attach them to the left side of the bottle by flaring out the two tabs and gluing them down. Take each of the arms and attach them so that they wrap around the bottle like so.

Note: I found that the easiest way to position the arms was to start gluing them next to the octopus head and then winding them around the bottle—gluing as I went.

Your ship in a bottle is complete!

This was one of those ideas that came to me and immediately sounded like a lot of fun! Then, when it came time to actually execute the design…I had to wrap my mind around the technical aspects of how it would come together a little more than I originally anticipated. But, once I got it all figured out, I was pleasantly surprised at how seamlessly it all worked out!

I was originally going to wrap up the design as soon as the ship and the bottle design elements were complete, but I just felt like it needed one last thing to take this project over-the-top—an octopus. Once the idea was in my head I just couldn’t resist creating a monstrous sea creature, winding its tentacles around the whole bottle.

Ship in a Bottle

I use Adobe Illustrator for all 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 fun freebies available on my blog!

Enjoy making this ship in a bottle for yourself or for a friend! And, as always, be sure to share your finished results with me on Instagram.

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18 Comments

18 Comments on Ship in a Bottle – 3D Cut Files

  1. Mollyann
    July 5, 2023 at 7:15 am (1 year ago)

    I love this design! It’s my favorite so far (which I say often).

    I’m having trouble downloading the files, though.

    Reply
    • Mandee
      July 5, 2023 at 11:41 am (1 year ago)

      I had the share setting in Google Drive set incorrectly, but I’ve fixed that now! So you should be able to access it now. My apologies!!

      Reply
  2. Cherrie Vrabel
    July 5, 2023 at 7:53 am (1 year ago)

    I can’t access the file – I am a long time subscriber. I even tipped you the last time I got files from you. It was showing me as Florida Granny – which is my crafting alias in a few places.

    Reply
    • Mandee
      July 5, 2023 at 11:41 am (1 year ago)

      I had the share setting in Google Drive set incorrectly, but I’ve fixed that now! So you should be able to access it now. My apologies!!

      Reply
  3. Phyllisia
    July 5, 2023 at 9:02 am (1 year ago)

    Hello! I’ve tried to download the file but had to send a google drive request, is this correct?

    Kind Regards

    Reply
    • Mandee
      July 5, 2023 at 11:41 am (1 year ago)

      I had the share setting in Google Drive set incorrectly, but I’ve fixed that now! So you should be able to access it now. My apologies!!

      Reply
  4. Helen J Roberts
    July 5, 2023 at 11:52 am (1 year ago)

    5 stars
    Just amazing! Will look great in the guest room.

    Reply
    • Mandee
      July 7, 2023 at 11:37 am (1 year ago)

      I’m so glad you like it Helen!!

      Reply
  5. Jamie Lechleiter
    July 5, 2023 at 1:05 pm (1 year ago)

    You’ve don it again Miss Mandee. Stunning!!!!!

    Reply
    • Mandee
      July 7, 2023 at 11:37 am (1 year ago)

      Aww, thank you Jamie! ☺️

      Reply
  6. kay
    July 5, 2023 at 2:50 pm (1 year ago)

    I have cut all pieces out but the very first bit fold the oblong into ship shape, for the life of me i cannot work out, is there a video on how to do this please

    Reply
    • Mandee
      July 7, 2023 at 11:39 am (1 year ago)

      Hi Kay! Yeah, that piece is a little tricky, and hard to explain. The best thing to do is just crease all of the score lines and collect the ends to form a loop, then figure out the shape later. I don’t have a full-length tutorial video at this time, but I did just post a short assembly video to my Instagram page that might be helpful.

      Reply
  7. Michele
    July 5, 2023 at 3:25 pm (1 year ago)

    You always have the most clever ideas! This is so cute, thank you!

    Reply
    • Mandee
      July 7, 2023 at 11:39 am (1 year ago)

      Thanks so much Michele!! 💕

      Reply
  8. Bianca
    July 6, 2023 at 1:30 am (1 year ago)

    5 stars
    geweldig dankjewel

    Reply
    • Mandee
      July 7, 2023 at 11:40 am (1 year ago)

      You are very welcome!

      Reply
  9. auntie em
    July 7, 2023 at 4:46 am (1 year ago)

    Your ship in a bottle is just perfect! I love your attention to the details, as always. Even the cork for the bottle. Amazing! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful work!
    Hope you and your family are having a wonderful summer! 🙂

    Reply
    • Mandee
      July 7, 2023 at 11:41 am (1 year ago)

      Aww, thanks Auntie Em! It was a really fun one to design. And I hope you are having a lovely summer as well!!

      Reply

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