Canvas Driftwood Sailboat

in , , by Julie Nichols, July 13, 2017
Last weekend my husband and I took a boat ride to the beach with our dog B.  We enjoyed the sunshine, the ocean waves, and walking along the shoreline. While walking we found several pieces of driftwood that I thought would be great to use for summer decor in our home.  I love to style my bookshelves with driftwood and this year I thought it would be fun to use the driftwood to make a canvas sailboat that I could display on my fireplace mantel.


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I've made a couple of driftwood sailboats before but never one this big. 

Here is how I made a canvas driftwood sailboat 

The first thing I did was pick two pieces of driftwood out of the basket to use for the hull and the mast for my boat. 

Then I gathered my supplies and got started.

I used a white pencil to mark where I was going to place the mast.

Then I used my hammer and screwdriver to make a hole for the mast.


 I added a few eye hooks to the mast then glued the mast inside the hole I created.

Now it's time to make the sails 

I used a piece of scrap canvas that I found in my scrap fabric box. I also purchased canvas fabric from Amazon to use for future projects.  You can click HERE to check out their selection of canvas fabric.

Using my ruler and pencil I drew a line from corner to corner. Then I used my scissors to cut along the line so I have two triangles. One of the triangles had a jagged edge that I trimmed off.

I thought a number on one of the sails would give the sailboat character.  I used the Antique Typography Numbers Stencil from Knick of Time's Vintage Sign Stencils and craft paint to stencil the number 3 on the canvas sail. 

I used cotton thread to tie the sails to the mast

For the flag, I cut and glued a piece of scrap fabric to the top of the mast. 
And that's all there is to it!


I love the large scale of this driftwood sailboat and how it completes the look of my summer mantel. The small driftwood sailboat on the shelf is made from the same fabric as the flag.  I even reupholstered my bench using this fabric.  


To see more of my driftwood projects click the links below:

If you want to make your own canvas driftwood sailboat you can always come back to this post or pin the image below.

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  1. This is just so adorable and looks so easy to make. Love it and pinned it!

    1. Thank you Angie it was a fun project to make!

  2. That looks great, love how easy it is. Thanks for sharing this at the Dishing It & Digging It Link party. We loved having you. Hope you have a great week Julie!



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