ITALY: Gondola

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Gondoliers have poled their elegant black boats through Venice's canals for centuries. Prominent steel beaks rise from the prow, and some have removable cabin covers to offer passengers shelter.

To build our paper version, fold the black construction paper in quarters, then with the open fold on the left, cut out the bow shape as shown. Unfold, then glue together the two ends to create the bow and stern. To create the beak, fold the gold paper in half, trace the design as shown, then cut out and glue to one end of the gondola. Draw a decorative line with glue and sprinkle with glitter.

To make the gondola stand, fold the 2 x 8-inch strip of construction paper in half. Cut a notch in the center 1 inch wide at the top and 1 inch deep. Tape the ends together and set your gondola into the notch.

 

MATERIALS

8 1/2 x 11-inch sheet of black construction paper
Scissors
Glue
3 x 5-inch sheet of gold fadeless or origami paper
Glitter
2 x 8-inch strip of colored construction paper

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