Make A Driftwood Sailboat
I have wanted to make some driftwood sailboats for some time now, and on a recent trip up to Ohio I went to one of my favorite spots on the Lake Erie shore to collect some driftwood for my project. If you are heading to the shore this year, keep your eyes open for driftwood and shells for craft projects after you return home!
I gathered some driftwood from the Lake Erie shore and brought it home, rinsed it well with fresh water and left it in the sun to dry.
Select two pieces, one for the base of your boat and one for your mast. Use a drill to make a hole (not all the way through) in your base for your mast. I used Gorilla Wood Glue to then secure my mast into my boat base.
Allow the glue to dry completely.
Fold a single layer of fabric so that the edge of the sail closest to the mast would be the fold and set your wood boat on top of it to get an idea of where you want to cut your sail. This will give your sail a double thickness of the fabric.
Use iron on hem tape on all of the edges of the inside of the triangle including the folded edge to re-enforce it, as this will be where we make holes to attach this to the mast.
Use a nail to make a holes in your sail.
Make 3 or 4 holes, depending upon the size of your sail. One hole in each of the corners and if needed, a fourth hole half way down the mast side of your sail.
Screw one of these eyes solidly into the back of your boat. This will help to hold your sail.
Thread a piece of string through each of the holes and you are ready to raise your sails!
Simply tie your ropes around the ‘mast’ and tie one to the screw eye to secure the back of your boat!
Repeat the process and add your front sail to your boat! You can stop here if you would like, but how about adding a little holiday celebration to your boat?
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