I went for a very plain easy mantel this time, after taking down the busy one I made for Spring.
Let me tell you, I don't live near the water, but looking at this sailboat above the mantel gives me the feeling of living in a beach house.
Well, perhaps a little bit. ;)
The same board used for the Love Art sign was the base used for this project, or you can use a plain piece of plywood.
A piece of ¼" plywood was used to create the hull or the body of the boat.
Trace your lines for the boat on the piece of wood, it doesn't have to be perfect.
Using a regular saw, follow those lines (the wiggly lines disappeared while cutting it), since it's ¼" material, the cutting goes fast.
Sand those rough edges and give the bow that nice rounded shape.
You can paint it, stained it or leave it like that. I gave it a light grey washout.
The main sail and jib are made out of drop cloth material. Their measurements are totally up to you on how big or small you want your sail boat to be. Cut two triangles, one bigger than the other and remember to take advantage of those corners, they are already hemmed ;)
A small tree branch made the perfect mast for this project. Attach screw eyes (four), onto the branch.
Now it's the time to put it all together. First, Attach three screw eyes to the top edge of the boat, both ends and center.
Use mounting tape to attach the boat onto the board.
Drive two small nails through the middle of the branch (picture below), to set the mast in place.
Push holes on every corner of the sail and jib, using jute rope tie them in place through the screw eyes.
You can give the sail a special treatment. My daughter helped me with some red stripes.
Jute rope can be wrap around the mast as an extra detail.
Hang it in place and enjoy!
Add a bouquet of hydrangeas...
Some blue bottles.
A fish - starfish garland.
REMEMBER TO PIN IT!
Have a wonderful SUMMER!
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