Published on June 14th, 2013 | by Kristen Swain0
Come sail away, come sail away, come sail away with me
Hey friends! I have an awesome craft for you today. This one, it’s a little involved, but it’s sooo worth it. I have always loved boats as home decor items, but they aren’t always very easy to find, and the ones you can find are pretty pricey. I am thrilled with how easy this was, how it turned out, and I’m excited to create a few more eventually. Come sail away…
I ended up creating this awesome boat, with a little help from my hubby ( lacing the boat sail took 4 hands) but the rest of it any adult can do.
The cost of the boat? all of $6.99 for the canvas painters drop cloth that I have about 8’x4′ left.
What you will need, is some driftwood. That in itself can be hard to find. You could also get a thick board and rough it up, sand it, or carve it to make a base that looks like driftwood. We got ours from a beach that is along a Delaware river industrial beach. Hurricane Sandy filled this beach with all sorts of trash and wood, most of it is well worn and weathered. We ended up bringing a few pieces of wood home with us, and I do hope to create a few smaller boats now that I have the basics understood.
Gather your supplies. You’ll need a large block of wood, a stick to serve as the mast, and a drill with a hole bit, or large bore. We fit this to the size of the mast stick.
Find the point that you would like the mast and drill a hole.
I used a silicone adhesive to keep the mast piece firmly mounted in the boat.
Now roll out your painters canvas. These come in different sizes. We got ours at a discount store. The canvas is nice and I will be sure to create other projects with it.
I traced the stick so that my canvas would match the curve in it. Then I angled a 4 foot level for a straight line to the end of the boat.
I left a 1/4 inch hem when I cut my fabric, so I could fold it over.
I used a fabric glue to fold my edges in, and then used clothes pins to secure it until it had absorbed into the fabric.
I found it helpful to take several clothes pins off, then roll a bottle over the seam to have it adhere better. I trimmed the points off the sails at the top.
Next I punched holes and added eyelets. I used a cropadile tool from We R Memory Keepers, which is both a punch and a setter.
I used 10 eyelets on the large sail and 9 on the smaller sail.
I looped twine through the eyelets, around the mast and tied it off. I used a hot glue gun to seal my knots. I then used the same technique for the other side of the sail.
At both ends of the boat, I tied a knot in some thin fishing line- or clear thread, and hot glued the end to the underside of the boat. I stitched through the sail at the tip. then hot glued the other end under the boat. this keeps the sail more taut, but the lines are virtually invisible.
If you need to, add felt buttons that are sold at any big name store, for the bottom of furniture, to steady your boat so that it sits evenly.