I shared this project earlier this month at The Country Chic Cottage‘s “Beach Bash”. I was asked to come up with a beach themed craft, and I knew immediately what I wanted to do. I wanted to try and create one of those big, gorgeous (expensive) sailboats for my mantel.
You know what happened? EPIC. FAIL.
What’s a crafty girl to do? Pardon the pun, but I changed course and decided to embrace the failure. The finished product is more Huck Finn than it is Nantucket Weekend, but I am really liking it.
Sort of papier mache, sort of not… I give you my Newspaper Sail Boat:
I did NOT want to spend
any a lot of money on my project. I am not even kidding when I tell you I used what I had, and only what I had….
Step 1: Get a piece of wood from the wood pile and ask Handsome Hubby to drill a hole in it “real fast”, even though he’s walking out the door to go to work.
Step 2: Find old pieces of cardboard and use duct tape to make a frame around the log. Tape the log down as well.
Step 4: Take basic and wonderful Elmer’s Glue and water it down. Brush it on the “boat” and then add strips of newspaper. Brush more of the glue mixture over the top.
Step 5: Keep adding layers of newspaper, including across the top of the “boat” being sure to leave an opening over the drilled hole, where your “Mast” will go.
Step 6: When you realize that this might be a dumb idea after all, and that you might only have a mess on your kitchen counter and wise-cracking husband as a result of your efforts, pour a glass of wine and keep going.
Step 7: After all the newspaper was applied with the Elmer’s Glue mixture, go over it with a nice coating of Mod Podge as a sealant. Figure out the general size and shape you’d like the sails to be and cut them out of fabric. This was left-over drop cloth from another project I did.
Step 8: I decided I wanted to put our house number on the sail. Make a stencil (use a cutting machine or a store-bought one) and apply to your “sail.” Be sure to put newspaper or a protective layer of something between the fabric and your work surface.
Step 9: Use a stipling brush to lightly apply paint. (Or if you’re me and can’t find a stipling brush, an old toothbrush will work too) Blot with a paper towel. (I also painted the dowel I used for the mast this same blue.)
At this point, you will want to fire up your hot glue gun. I put a little hot glue on the end of the dowel “Mast” and wedged it into the log in the bottom of the boat at this time as well.
Step 11: At the bottom of each sail, poke a small hole on each end.
Step 12: Insert the cut piece of wire from the front side of each sail and run it the length of the sails. Secure with a little dab of hot glue on the back. It is one wire running through both sails. Here’s an additional picture so you can see what I mean.
Step 13: Poke a hole at the top of each sail and hook a piece of wire through both of holes.
Step 14: Hot glue the crap out of the ring at the top. (shh. It’s a technical term.) Since I knew this would have a definite “front” and “back” side on the boat, I did not worry too much about how it looks from the back. You will also want to put a little, teeny, tiny, barely noticeable drop of glue where the wire at the bottom of the sails crosses the mast to help it stay in place.
Now that I’ve made one of these, I’m thinking they would be cute at a party.
Instead of putting my house number, how cool would it be to have one on a buffet table that says EAT or FOOD and one near the drinks that says BAR…? hmmmm. I might need to have a summer party just so I can do this…
Even though Handsome Hubby is not a fan… and is, in fact, still rolling his eyes, I like it. He should consider himself lucky I have ditched the idea of a full blown Columbus Day celebration where I would be compelled to make the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria.