Monday, April 9, 2012

Wooden Sailboat Tutorial

While looking through the Pottery Barn for Kids catalog, I noticed some of the boys' rooms were being styled with rustic boats. That rustic look appeals to me. Since they weren't for sale, I decided to make one of my I did!

It was really easy. If you want to make one of your own, keep on reading.

You'll need the following supplies:
Distressed piece of wood
Doll Rod
Material for the sails and the flag
Needle and thread
*Optional: Paint to add detail to the sail

Let's get started!

Drill a hole into your rustic piece of wood and insert your doll rod.

Cut out 2 sails. Judge the size based on the length of your doll rod and the width of your piece of rustic wood. *Optional: you can sew the edges of your sails for a more finished look.

I wanted to give my sails some character so I grabbed blue acrylic paint {the cheap kind, nothing fancy, just what I had on hand} and added stripes.

Insert your eyelets centered on each end of your rustic piece off wood and begin to affix the sails. With a needle and thread, sew through your sail and through your eyelets several times to make sure they are securely attached. When attaching the top and inside bottom of the sails, go through the sail and wrap around the doll rod.

I decided to add a red flag to my sailboat. I cut out a thin flag shaped strip of red and attached it with glue. I wish I would have made my doll rod slightly taller or my sails slightly shorter but I think it still works.

And now, we're ready to sail away OR put it on display to admire.


  1. um hello CUTE! thanks for linking up to make it monday! I'll be sharing on the Brassy Apple FB and twitter page!

  2. and could your name be any cuter! friends think I am crazy for wearing heels everyday! ;)

  3. So cute, and the red flag at the top is just killing me!


  4. That is just too cute for words... I really like that a lot. It could actually be a toy for a little boy or just a decor item for your home... it's really clever...
    Thanks! =)


  5. Very cute, thank for the tutorial. (come over from Whimsy Wednesday)

  6. This little boat is adorable and what a GREAT turtorial!!
    Thanks so much for visiting Saving4Six and for commenting on my Simple Spring Decor.

  7. That's such a neat idea! This would be such a cute idea for a gift for boys.. and personalizing it with the scrabble tiles. Now I just need to figure out how to work a drill:P

  8. oh.. I pinned it:D

  9. This is just adorable. I love everything about it. Great tutorial.

  10. This is just stinkin' cute! Love that sailboat!
    I would love if you stopped by my Creative Inspirations party to link up - I would love to have you there!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  11. That is adorable!!! I love it! Thanks so much for sharing at Thursday's Temptation.

  12. I love sailboats in decor and have never had one, so I really appreciate the tutorial, can't wait to get started!!

  13. Love it! My sister-in-law in Charlotte had a nautical baby shower and someone picked up the one from PB. I love yours though so much more. Thanks so much for sharing at Whimsy Wednesdays Amy!

  14. That is just too fun! Thanks for sharing!~ xoxo- Rachel

  15. I've been debating buying a driftwood sailboat from Etsy, but now I don't have to because I can make my own! Thanks for sharing your sailboat project and the tutorial - your boat looks great!


  16. This is so adorable! And super creative! Thanks for the great idea :] I'm pinning this!

  17. SUPER cute!! I love PBK but their stuff can get expensive so I love it when you can get the look for much less! Great job! Thanks so much for sharing @ Two Sasters!!


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