Christmas Craft

It’s Christmas craft day over at Kate’s blog (Centsational Girl), so I thought I’d share a little bit more about the easy-peasy, DIY sailboat project I made the other day.

Like I mentioned in our Christmas mantel post, we live next to a lake now, so I thought I’d have some fun shooting today’s photos down by the boat houses.

The first step in making my sailboat involved finding a flat-ish chunk of wood to serve as the base of the boat, and a twig to act as its mast…

Next, I cut out two flannel triangles sails using the twig height as my guide. I didn’t worry about them being “perfect”, I just cut away and called it a day- ha!

After that, I used a thick drill bit to create a hole in the center of the base:

My twig actually fit down in there pretty snugly, but for extra security, you could put some hot glue down inside the hole before you insert it.

After that, I used little dabs of hot glue to secure the flannel triangles to the twig and base wherever they touched.

Last but not least, I used a little more hot glue to attach a faux evergreen “flag” to the top of the twig mast:

And there ya have it! A woodsy, water-y, wintery theme-d sailboat- that’s shaped like a Christmas tree!

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  1. Jude says

    Now I can definitely make one for my sailing friends! I just need to choose which old flannel shirt to sacrifice. Thanks so much! :-)

    • Layla says

      You’re welcome, mom! Thank YOU for passing on your artsy-fartsy-ness to me! 😀

  2. Amy says

    Love it when something is simple, creative and fun! But especially when it turns out like we want it too! HA!

  3. Sarah says

    These sailboats are too cute! Love how quick and easy they are! Thanks for the how-to. Loved your mantel too by the way. Hope you guys have a great Christmas. XO

  4. Kelley says

    So cute! I don’t live by a lake but I want to make one anyway – I’m feeling very crafty lately. Just took a run to Hobby Lobby on my lunch to buy some supplies for some fun Christmas crafts – I’m adding this to my to-do list!

  5. says

    Love the sailboat! I’ve been wanting to make one for quite a while just can’t find wide pieces for the base..have plenty of driftwood masts. Love the style of the boathouse and such a nice sandy beach! Our lake has rip rap around the shoreline in most places but love lake views!!

  6. says

    Those are 2 things I would have never thought to put together…sailboats and Christmas, but you made it AWESOME! (Like I would ever doubt YA!)

  7. Kristen says

    As soon as I saw the sailboat on your mantel I thought about making one for my brother. He loves sailing and I am going to use on of our grandfathers flanel shirts. It will be nice way to keep Papa “close”

    thank you for the idea!

  8. Karen says

    We have a home in the adirondacks in upstate NY on a lake…the sailboat will be a perfect addition to our lake house decorations! Thanks for your wonderful ideas!!!

  9. says

    Thanks for this great little project – love it! We have a sailboat – and my husband is missing being on his right now so this would be a great gift for Christmas. I’ll put it on the hearth for Christmas morning! He has some old flannel shirts that I could easily steal for this.

    And thanks for the mantle link up party – I put mine in yesterday.


  10. says

    I love this!! Thanks for the tips & how-to! I think I may have to make a couple for my pirate-loving little boys’ rooms!

  11. Leah says

    I’m totally in love with the sailboat, even though I don’t have a place for one. I’m not THAT into Christmas, but that little boat is adorable!