Did you know… If you ask a Cast Member (nicely) to drive the The Mark Twain Riverboat at Disneyland® Resort, you may just get the opportunity to steer? The magic continues when you walk away with a souvenir certificate marking a successful voyage.

Tap into your kids’ imagination with an easy-to-craft compass and let them sail the whole family into an adventurous tour in which houseplants become flourishing forests, couches double as mountainous skylines, and toy animals transform into exotic species.

Time: 1 hour

What You’ll Need

  • 2 miniature square jewelry or craft boxes with covers (sold in large craft supply stores)*
  • Craft knife
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Compass templates
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • White cardstock or heavy weight paper
  • Red marker
  • Ruler
  • Non-toxic gold leaf pen
  • Glue stick
  • Paper hole punch
  • Brass paper fastener

How To Make It

  1. Remove the covers from the boxes and set them aside to use for the compass case. Discard one of the boxes and use the other to make the inner face of the compass by trimming the sides so they are the same height as the box lids. An easy way to do this is to set the bottom of the box inside the cover, as shown. Then trace along the edge of the lid and cut the box along the pencil line.
  2. Paint the outsides of the trimmed box and one of the covers black. Paint the second cover inside and out to serve as the top of the compass case.
  3. While the paint dries, print out the compass templates and cut out the pieces. Trace the larger circle, the compass needle, and the hinge onto white cardstock. Cut out the tracings.
  4. Center the smaller template circle atop the cardstock circle and trace around it with red marker.
  5. Next, use the ruler and marker to divide the cardstock circle into eight wedges. Draw additional marks to divide the border of the circle into sixteenths.
  6. Use the gold leaf pen to color the compass needle and the hinge, and to outline the edges and tops of the compass face and case, as pictured.
  7. Glue the circle onto the compass face. Then use the craft knife to make a small slit through the center of the circle and the underlying cardboard.
  8. Punch a hole through the center of the compass needle and insert the paper fastener through it and then down through the slit in the compass face.
  9. Spread the fastener ends on the underside of the cardboard keeping them loose enough for the needle to spin.
  10. Insert the compass face into the case bottom and then set the case top in place. Glue the paper hinge to the back of the case, as shown.


Cutting should be done by an adult.

Posted 7 years Ago
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