Set Sail In Class With This 3-D Mayflower Model

If you've got our 3-D Mayflower die, we've got an awesome project you can create with your kiddos to commemorate the day the Mayflower set sail! Create this amazing 3-D model for Social Studies! Use this model for project-based learning about Christopher Columbus. This project is also perfect for STEM, in the exploration of how ships are built. You can also apply Science concepts of buoyancy, Technology concepts of ships and boats, Engineering concepts for building the model, and Math calculations for creating to scale. We also love how great of a prop The 3-D Mayflower die creates for presentations and oral book reports!

Grade Level:

3-5, 6-8, 9-12


Social Studies

Before we dive in, check out this video on how the model comes together!

Supplies Used:

Ellison SureCut Die - 3-D Mayflower - Double Cut (although this die is retired, you can still special order it or create this project if you have bought this die in the past.)

Poster Board or Construction Paper

Bamboo Skewers

Colored Pens and Pencils




  1. Die-cut from poster board or construction paper. Four bamboo skewers will be used as masts (Figure A).
  2. Fold the side pieces along the scoreline at the front and back of each piece. Apply adhesive to the bow and stern of side pieces; do not apply adhesive past the score lines. Adhere the two sides of the hull together (Figure B).
  3. Apply adhesive to the tabs of one of the deck pieces. Adhere the upper deck to the sides of the hull, just below the top edge of the sides, with the fatter end of the deck toward the stern as shown (Figure C).
  4. Apply adhesive to the tabs of the remaining deck piece. Adhere it at the bottom of the hull with the widest side of the deck toward the stern and the tabs aligned with the bottom of the sides. Insert skewers through both decks, starting from the bottom. Leave a portion of the skewer hanging out of the bottom deck. Adhere in place if desired (Figure D).
  5. Adhere the sail pieces to the mast. Use gardening shears or wire cutters to trim masts (Figure E).
  6. Attach upper rail to the stern of the ship by inserting the silts on the rail piece into the slits on the hull. Adhere in place (Figure F).
  7. Embellish as desired (see Main Photo).

Ready to dive into this project? Let us know how you'd use this model with your students it in the comments below and if you create this project, we'd love to see them! Make sure to stop by our FacebookPinterest or Instagram page and tag your pictures with #ellisonedu so we can see it and reshare!

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