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!
Thanks for the sailboat directions. I have lots of flannel I could pick from. That boathouse is amazing too!
Sure thing, Catherine! Have fun with your flannel! 😀
Now I can definitely make one for my sailing friends! I just need to choose which old flannel shirt to sacrifice. Thanks so much! 🙂
You’re welcome, mom! Thank YOU for passing on your artsy-fartsy-ness to me! 😀
These are so cute! Thanks for sharing!
Thank you, Ashley! 🙂
We live next to Lake Michigan and I am thinking that these might need to happen for my summer mantel with a summery plaid! Thanks for sharing!
Ooh, yes! Summer-y plaids would be so fun too! 😀
The pictures are so pretty and I love the boat!
Thank you, Kristin! 😀
Love it when something is simple, creative and fun! But especially when it turns out like we want it too! HA!
Me too, Amy! 😀
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
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!
Wow! What a beautiful area! I love the sailboat. I am new to your site and love being here!
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!!
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!)
Erin @ DIY On the Cheap
This is adorable. And the lake serves as a perfect backdrop!
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!
Susan @ Afford Your Passions
No lake here, but we have a pond, so your little sailboat would be appropriate around here, too. Thanks for sharing, Layla!
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!!!
What a cute nautical addition to your awesome mantel!
Love the flannel. And I LOVE that your mom leaves comments on your blog. That makes me smile 🙂
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.
long time reader, first time commenter. i was inspired by your dining room set up and bought some tolix style chairs of my own! well now that i have them, my husband wants to go another direction. i’m trying to sell them on ebay and was hoping someone might read the comments and be interested in purchasing them. 🙂
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!
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!