I was browsing Pinterest recently when I stumbled across some DIY sailboats made of driftwood. They were completely adorable and were for sale through an Etsy shop. Curiosity got the better of me so I clicked over to Etsy for the price and then almost swallowed my own tongue at the ridiculous cost of what was essentially an old piece of wood and a twig with a scrap of fabric tied to it.
The masochist in me decided that I could (and therefore should) make a whole bunch of sailboats … for free! I mean, how long could a sailboat take to make? A few minutes?
I found a really old jarrah picket and set to work cutting it into boat shaped pieces.
Then I sanded. And sanded. And sanded. Old pickets are really rough and although I wanted to keep the rugged look of the wood, I also wanted the boats to be silky smooth to hold.
To make the masts, I simply stained some BBQ skewers.
I also played around with a dry-brushing technique to give some of the boats a weathered patina.
To make the sails I cut triangles of scrap fabric and tied string to each corner.
Then I simply assembled my sailboats. (And by simply, I mean I spent AGES tying teeny weeny little knots whilst trying not to snap any BBQ skewer masts.)
I’m not a huge fan of matching, themed decor in our home and I also don’t have much cutesy, dust-collector, knick-knacky crap either. But man, I am loving these sailboats. I love that I made them with really old wood. I love that they’re made with jarrah which is native to Western Australia (like me!). I love that each one is slightly different because a human made them, not a mass-producing machine.
I lost count of how many hours these DIY sailboats took me to make. One thing’s for sure though: I stand corrected, those “overpriced” sailboats on Etsy are WORTH EVERY CENT.