All summer, I’ve been collecting driftwood sticks off the beach, and would often been seen walking around with handfuls of sticks in and around the cottage. I’m sure I had beachgoers whispering “What’s this weirdo doing with all those sticks anyway??” (shrug…) Oh well 😉 I don’t regret it, because I now have these amazing driftwood sailboats I can use as nautical decor.
They were SO easy to make too.
Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received several fabric samples for review purposes from Minted.com. The opinions expressed in this post are completely my own based on my experience.
By the end of the summer, I ended up with a whole lot of sticks. I carefully selected which driftwood sticks to use, which was largely dependant on what size I wanted the boats to be. I knew I wanted three different sized boats. A papa, mama and baby boat if you will. Ignore that yellow fabric, as I didn’t end up using it for this project.
Once the mast was secured in place, it was time to move on to the sail. I used this gorgeous fabric, supplied by Minted.com. I’m absolutely in love with this print called A Whale of a Time, designed by the talented artist Shirley Lin Schneider. It’s a heavy outdoor fabric that comes in a variety of colours to suit any decor. Plus, aren’t those whales just the cutest????
Once I had cut the fabric the sizes I wanted, I poked a hole into each of the three points of the sail and tied them to the mast using jute twine.
The best part is the price. The cost of the driftwood was $0.00, and any type of fabric could be used for these. Even if you don’t have any scraps of fabric lying around, you could use an old plaid shirt, a kids superhero t-shirt, or a cut up sheet perhaps. Anything…. the possibilities are endless.
Here’s the whole family. Mama, papa and baby boat.
While I was taking these pictures, my mom kept trying to get me to put these in the water to see if they’d float, but I was too chicken to try. Although these ones aren’t to be used as actual little boats, if a bigger piece of driftwood was used, it could possibly float, which would make an adorable little toy for the kids. What fun 🙂
Thank SO much to Minted.com for supplying the gorgeous outdoor fabric for this project. I even have some left over that I’ll likely use for another project. Stay tuned….
I’ll be back again next week everyone. See you then 😉
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