Friday, July 25, 2014

Crafting Chronicles: Driftwood Sailboat:

It is no secret that I love the natural/nautical look, which is probably why I love Pottery Barn oh so much! Pottery Barn Kids had the most adorable driftwood sailboat mobile that I fell in love with back when I was pregnant with Charli, but since she was a girl we didn't get it. Ever since then though, I knew that I wanted to make a sailboat out of driftwood one day. 

Well, as soon as we found out we were pregnant with a little boy this time, my mind was set on what I wanted for his nursery and a driftwood sailboat it was! Oh, and my best friend and her family got baby boy the driftwood sailboat mobile as a gift... They know me too well!!! 

So that brings us to today and one of my favorite crafts we have made thus far...

A Driftwood Sailboat

Things you will need:
*Driftwood (We actually had two large pieces of driftwood that we found on the beach while living in Monterey and they made the move with us to Charleston. Like I said above... I knew I wanted a sailboat one day) ;)
*Wood Glue
*Rope or String
*Two Hooks
*Oh and that sexy handy man again

Steven actually got this project started for me without even telling me as a surprise
(so no pictures of the pieces of driftwood before he started)
But what a great handy man I have! ;)

Start by hosing off the pieces of wood and scrubbing it down to get the pieces clean
Then sand the pieces of wood to your liking

Drill a hole into the piece that will act as the Hull (bottom of the boat)

Pour wood glue into hole
Place smaller piece of driftwood that will act as the Mast into hole
(Steven also hammered it down to make sure it was secure)
You can then use extra driftwood shavings to fill in the hole (shown below) 

Cut out your sails from the fabric of your choice

Cut tiny holes into all 3 corners of each sail
Run rope or string through holes
Tie the top two ropes around the mast
And for the bottom, I used little hooks to tie the rope to

And voila!!

The perfect Driftwood Sailboat!

You can make this in any size, just depends on the size of driftwood you are using.
Our Monterey driftwood was pretty big and I loved that we could make a floor piece with it.
I couldn't be happier with how it turned out!

Happy Friday and Happy Crafting!


  1. What a cool piece! And I love that it's "from" Monterey!

    1. Thank you! And yes, I LOVE that it is from Monterey too! Makes it even more special!

  2. Super cute! You are so stinking crafty!

  3. Thank you! They do really beautiful things in the Monterey!
    And one different sailboat out of driftwood is made outside the Monterey))