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How to Build A Rustic Sailboat

How to Build A Rustic Sailboat from The Refurbished Home




Can you keep a secret? I made this Rustic Sailboat as part of a Mother's Day gift, but I really want to share it with you now, so promise you won't tell her! Don't worry, I already told my Mom she's not allowed to look at the website. :-)










How To Build A Rustic Sailboat from The Refurbished Home




My parents are sailors, and they live on the shores of Lake Michigan. To say the least, they have (and with good reason) embraced a nautical theme for much of their decorating. It is physically impossible for me to see nautical decor and not think of my Mom, but it's rare that I actually think "She NEEDS that!". Which is exactly what I thought when I saw this incredible idea from House of Hawthornes.

Seriously? Using treebranches to make a sailboat? Honestly, I am a little disappointed in myself for not thinking of it. :-)







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So I found a branch in the backyard. It didn't really want to stand up on it's own so I cut a flat spot with the table saw.













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I found another branch to use for a mast, and chose a drill bit that was a teensy bit smaller than the branch.













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Then I drilled a hole towards the middle of the "hull",













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and used some wood glue to make sure the mast stayed in place.













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I had planned to go to the fabric store, but earlier in the day I was at the grocery and just happened to find this perfect place mat on clearance.












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I measured the width,













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and the height,













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then started cutting.













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I started with rectangles to make sure I had the right size, then I cut it into a triangle.













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The place mat was two layers thick,













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so I needed to clean up the cut edge. If I had used regular fabric I would have probably left the edges rough.













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I sewed up the fabric,













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then poked some string through the corners,













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and added a tiny eye bolt to each end of the hull. 













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Then I laid it all out and started tying.













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Once I had all the knots where I wanted I added a drop of glue to each,













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and cut off the ends.













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Here you can see the I place the eye bolts toward the back and left just a teensy bit of slack in the height of the fabric. This gave the sails some depth.












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Finally I added a little triangle flag, cut from the fabric scraps and attached with a dot of hot glue.













How To Build A Rustic Sailboat from The Refurbished Home




What do you think? Will she like it??













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