How to Make a Driftwood Mantel Sailboat

Here is an easy way to make sailboats for a costal mantel this summer. 

mantel with driftwood sailboats and miror


These sailboats are pretty easy to make. 


All I needed were a few long driftwood pieces I found at the beach, some wire, and white sheeting or muslin. 


First, I drilled a hole in the piece of driftwood that would be the hull of my boat. 


driftwood sailboat and bird on mantelamazon affiliate disclaimer


Using wood glue, I added the mast (another driftwood stick) into the hole. 


From the mast I used a piece of rebar wire as the boom. 


If you don't have rebar wire you can use a wooden skewer as the boom.


sailboat sail and nautical mirror

I made a hem in a triangle of white muslin and threaded the wire through the hem. 


I glued one end of the wire into the mast and made a loop in the other end of the wire so the sail wouldn't fall off. 


driftwood sailboat

On the top of the mast I added a nail and tied the top of the sail to the nail with a knot. 


On the deck of the boat I tied a fishing weight I also found on the beach as a decoration and as a bonus it helps weight the sailboat.


fishing weight tied to the mast of the sailboat

I added other fun things to my nautical mantel including an old carved fisherman.p style="text-align: left;">
carved fisherman on the mantel

A few other fun things I found on the beach were a sailor's knot, a jar of beach sand, and a jar full of shells I painted silver

Here are more driftwood projects by Homeroad you may love. 


a sailor's knot, jars of sand and shells
wooden bird and driftwood sailboat

Lastly I added a heavy metal piece I found and added a small mirror for this easy DIY project


metal mirror and sailboat
mirror, bird and driftwood sailboat

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Mantel with nautical decor and sailboats

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Homeroad

I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .