Monday, May 06, 2013

driftwood boats

 I am pretty sure driftwood boats are nothing new (those who live at the sea have been making them for forever)
but with a beach full of driftwood outside my front door, I couldn't resist putting my twist on the idea. Its a fun 
spring/summer project perfect for kids or for the kid at heart AND a whimsical way to add a little nautical and beach 
inspired decor to your home!


I wanted to use colorful painted paper for my sails. 1. I started by painting my sail with watercolors. 
2. I added details with a black pen. 3. Next, I glued a dowel to the back of the sail.

4. After collecting all kinds of driftwood, I selected a piece for my ship. 5. I poked a hole into the wood. 
6. Then I used all purpose glue to the hole 7. and then placed the sail into the hole.

The result is a simple and colorful little boat! 

I got even more creative by using different shapes for the sails, pattern and even added flags.

35 comments:

Elika B said...

can't wait to make these for my new apt :D !
so pretty

Meghan Thimjon said...

Those are just too cute!!!

madeinminch said...

These boats so so cool!The bunting flags are the perfect attention to detail....
I particularly love the multi coloured floral one. I can't wait to go to the beach in the summer!
Thanks for sharing
jen@madeinminch

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Jolana said...

Great idea for lovely decoration :) J.

maria f. said...

What an incredibly fun take on the nautical trend. So "you".

HollyM said...

How sweet and whimsical!

Catherine said...

I am loving the driftwood boats - but even more so I am loving the way you have used hangers as art and to show your gorgeous work. Trying to stay focused and not run to IKEA now. Cx

Els04 said...

Love it!

Terriaw said...

Cute projects! I love the variety you made. The pennant banner is a fun touch too. And I love the one with the bigger sail, like an old ship.

Eulita said...

Your boats are simply beautyful. I love the blue ones especially.

Anonymous said...

Oh, my!! So darling! I love anything made from nature and you've created something so beautiful with the driftwood! I live far away from the shore, but next time I go on vacation, I'll be bringing driftwood home with me!

Kristen said...

omg these are breathtaking!!! i'm always collevting those little pieces of driftwood and now i know what to do. but yours are stunning! must try! already pinned (or should i say repinned, found u on pinterest)

Anonymous said...

I (for whatever reason) don't write comments very often but these are absolutely adorable! What fun! And I love how they look mixed in with other decor.
JoAnn

Ladies sayso said...

I love driftwood and love the colours you used...

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kathy n said...

i want one! put some in your shop please!!! or email me kkreationsinc@aol.com

maeve said...

I love anything seashore . . . lived along the coast of SC for ten years and hated leaving it. There are shells all over my house, watercolor paintings of the seashore, even the paint colors used inside my house are reminiscent of the seashore. Your artistry with the driftwood and flags is just pure joy to look at! I must have some of these for my house, especially for the summer months, to remind me of the seashore. Thanks for sharing your lovely creations!

Jo Murray said...

Such bright and pretty little things!

studioGypsy said...

LOVELOVELOVE!!! :)

patty said...

I see a new retreat project brewing....fun and easy and super cute!!

Cerise Wade said...

Next time I make it to the beach. I'm hunting for drftwood. How wonderful!

Lucky Girl said...

Love the boats!! Good thing I brought home driftwood from that beach of yours! Thanks Alisa!

Madeline Rains said...

Wow! Love these! Your sails are so beautiful. We were just on a trip to a beach and I collected shells to then sketch and paint (I'm taking your sketch class). I looked for driftwood but there was none!

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This is one beautiful idea. natural and colorful.

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kelly thompson said...

so beautiful- stunning!

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Danielle Miller said...

I love these! I featured this today in my "What I Bookmarked this Week" post - stop by and see!

manon 21 said...

J'adore cette idée.

Amicalement,

Manon

sannimade said...

This is just AWESOME!!! Surely gotta make those!! Thx for the idea! :-D

Greetz from Germany!
Sanni (c:

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Really I love the driftwood boats. These boats are so cute.

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