Thursday, April 02, 2015

Come Sail Away, DIY Large Driftwood Boat

"Come Sail Away" with me on a seaside adventure. This project is for a large 3 foot driftwood schooner boat made w/products from Canvas Corp Sails & Shells line, 7Gypsies trinkets, ink from Tattered Angels, shells and driftwood I found last week near my house. This boat is now sitting proudly in my loft space!
The benefits of living in NJ, means quick access to many lakes, and the shoreline. Some rivers such as the Raritan river stream to the bay, which extends into the Atlantic ocean at the Perth Amboy points of the state. Whenever I get the chance, I head over to Duke Island Park to explore and look for natures gifts and washed up treasures such as sea/river glass, tile shards, coins, shells and drift wood, which stream up line from the bay and wash up onto the land edges.

After a storm or high water, is the best time to explore, as new treasures surface. I never know what I will find on my exploration. This always leads to inspiration and a bevy of project ideas such as this project. After receiving a fabulous package of paper and goodies from Canvas Corp., line of products, I new my found objects would become a form of art.

I stumbled onto several pieces of driftwood, and new they were destined to become a large boat assemblage, the result this project; "Come Sail Away".
  • 2 large pieces of driftwood or thick tree branches
  • Scrapbook paper, Sails & Shells Sampler Pack, Canvas Corp 
  • Findings, clothes pins, 7 Gypsies
  • White paper floral wire, seer sucker bakery twine (Hemptique), trims and muslin fabric ribbon
  • Shells, tiny starfish 
  • Parchment color treat box, vintage sailor ephemera
  • Inks from Tattered Angels (fine wood, aged mahogany)
  • Tools; scissors, hole punch, thin nails, hammer, hot glue and hot glue gun
  • Extras/Optional: German glitter, small branches, tags, metal grommets, grommet setter, ink pad and number/letter stamps, cotton pad or cheese cloth for inking

  1. Decide which piece of driftwood will be the base and which one will go on top.  Then hammer thin nails into the two pieces of driftwood to hold in place. I used 3 nails. Hot glue any openings for extra durability.
  2. Crinkle a piece of parchment earthy color paper from the scrapbook sampler pack, punch two holes into one side of the paper. (one hole at the top, one hole at the bottom).
  3. Cut 2 pieces from fabric ribbon measuring 12 inches each. Thread through each punched hole and tie onto the upward piece of driftwood.  
  4. Hot glue a treat box to the middle of the upward piece of driftwood. Insert a small branch into it, decorate with tiny shell, vintage sailor image and wording from the paper sampler pack. Again, hot glue in place. 
  5. Cut small rectangle strips from another sheet of paper in the sampler pack, hot glue to the bottom of the sail, line with trim of choice. 
  6. Attach a piece of white paper wire to the top of the upward branch, and one end at the bottom right of the downward branch (the base). Cut triangle shapes from more paper and hot glue to the wire. 
  7. Stamp lettering onto the muslin fabric paper sheet and cut into tile shapes. Trace two tag shapes onto the same fabric, cut. Then add metal grommet, and stamped tile shapes to the tags, tie to the top left of the sail with bakery twine. 
  8. Create an anchor shape onto the front of the sail with more paper.
  9. Spray tattered angels ink of choice into a cheese cloth or cotton pad, spread all over the edges of the sail and any areas you want aged or distressed.
  10. Finally find a space in your home or studio for your driftwood masterpiece.

  • For a truly sturdy boat use clear caulk and caulk gun where the nails and branches are.
  • Try nautical ribbons instead of the muslin fabric ribbon.
  • Created various sails instead of one large one. 
  • Add more pieces of driftwood to form a larger boat, wider boat or make a row boat base.
  • Add German glitter and chipboard lettering.

Stay tuned for more driftwood projects this weekend. Smaller in size, fast and easy to make, perfect for table settings and memory projects.



Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

how delightful!

I want you to come to my studio and make one WITH me!!!

Lisa Kettell said...

Anytime Tristan. I see a play date in our future! :-)