Friday, July 20, 2018

DIY Driftwood Sailboat

Hello friends!
Summer to me is all about the water
whether it's the beach, the lake or the pool.

While visiting our local lake I found some pieces of
driftwood and decided to make them
into display sailboats
to celebrate summer!

How to make a sailboat from driftwood and fabric

I used supplies I had on hand to make these.

I keep telling my husband that 
my hoarder tendencies pay off!
Here is a great example!!

How to instructions for making a sailboat from driftwood and fabric

Supplies needed:
I included amazon affiliate links
just in case you don't have hoarder tendencies like me.

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various fabric pieces (around 7 x 12in for each sail)

Sailboat #1

For the first boat, I used a scrap piece of lace.
I cut it into a triangle to fit on the dowel.

I hot glued one side to the dowel.

I drilled a hole in the drift wood with a drill.

I put a drop of hot glue into the hole,
then I pushed the dowel in.

I hand cut triangles from another scrap of fabric
and glued them onto cotton string.

I tied the banner to the dowelm
then hot glued the other side of the sail 
to the banner,
and tied it to the driftwood.

I also glued a flag to the top of the dowel
cut from a piece of denim.

Sailboat #2

For the next boat,
I cut a repurposed piece of navy and white striped fabric
into a triangle.
I used the existing seam along the side
to place the fabric onto the dowel.

Then I placed a grommet into the corner
of the fabric and tied it to the drift wood with cotton string.
I drilled a hole in the driftwood and
pushed the dowel into it.

Sailboat #3

For the last sailboat
I cut 2 triangles from canvas.
One is slightly smaller than the other.

Then I attached them to the dowel
with navy thread.

I glued the thread to the 
bottom of the driftwood.

This sailboat was a little wobbly,
so I glued wooden squares to the bottom.
I would probably use something smaller
next time like coins.

These 3 little driftwood sail boats
are perfect for late summer decoration!


I have several more pieces of driftwood
and can put together kits for you to make
your own driftwood sailboats.
Contact me if you're interested.

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  1. Oh, these are so pretty! Thank you for sharing. You are one of the features at the Make it Pretty party at The Dedicated House. Here's the link to this week's bash: Have a great week! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  2. These are so adorable. What fun you must have had making them.


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