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. :-)
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. :-)
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.
I found another branch to use for a mast, and chose a drill bit that was a teensy bit smaller than the branch.
Then I drilled a hole towards the middle of the "hull",
and used some wood glue to make sure the mast stayed in place.
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.
I measured the width,
and the height,
then started cutting.
I started with rectangles to make sure I had the right size, then I cut it into a triangle.
The place mat was two layers thick,
so I needed to clean up the cut edge. If I had used regular fabric I would have probably left the edges rough.
I sewed up the fabric,
then poked some string through the corners,
and added a tiny eye bolt to each end of the hull.
Then I laid it all out and started tying.
Once I had all the knots where I wanted I added a drop of glue to each,
and cut off the ends.
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.
Finally I added a little triangle flag, cut from the fabric scraps and attached with a dot of hot glue.
What do you think? Will she like it??
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