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DIY Driftwood Sailboat Mantel & a linkup!

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Hey y’all! Today I am here with a mantel makeover for you! I love changing my mantel up seasonally – but this isn’t really a winter mantle. Winter and fall aren’t really on my decor radar – I am a spring & summer coastal girl! So, here is my take on a winter mantel featuring DIY Driftwood Sailboats!

Driftwood Sailboat Coastal Mantel via Charleston Crafted

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Driftwood Sailboat Coastal Mantel via Charleston Crafted

 

I started with a completely blank mantel, thanks to clearing off the Christmas garland. I love starting from a blank slate! I am trying to focus on no-spend DIY for the month of January since we are planning to kick of a major patio project ($$$) in the next month or so.

So, I dug around in the garage and came up with my favorite supply – driftwood. I actually intended to make little driftwood sailboat Christmas ornaments, but never got around to it, so I decided to make big ones for the mantel.

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Driftwood Sailboat Coastal Mantel via Charleston Crafted

DIY Driftwood Sailboats

What you need:

What you do:

Pick 2 pieces of driftwood that complement each other – one for the horizontal base, one for the vertical sail mast.

Driftwood Sailboat Coastal Mantel via Charleston Crafted

Lay out your sail fabric with the mast piece centered on it. Be sure that it is cut to the proper height and width for your sail. Fold the piece in half horizontally (hot dog style) and cut from the bottom unfolded corner to the top folded corner to create a perfect triangle.

Driftwood Sailboat Coastal Mantel via Charleston Crafted

Use hot glue to attach the mast to the right side of the sail fabric.

**NOTE** if you have a wide sail, you might need to add a second, horizontal piece of driftwood to the bottom edge of the sail fabric. do this on the back (the wrong side of the fabric). I only had to do it on the large striped boat, which was larger and less stiff fabric than the others.

Use hot glue to attach the mast to the base of the boat. Hold it in place firmly until the glue becomes milky white for most secure results. You could also add a small nail or wrap the join with rope if the glue is not strong enough.

Driftwood Sailboat Coastal Mantel via Charleston Crafted

Driftwood Sailboat Coastal Mantel via Charleston Crafted

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Driftwood Sailboat Coastal Mantel via Charleston Crafted

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Bre @ Average But Inspired

Friday 19th of January 2018

Those sailboats are THE CUTEST!!! I wish I had a beach house so I had a reason to make them. What an awesome idea!

Emily

Thursday 18th of January 2018

What a great collection for a mantel! I love how easy these look to make :)

Meg Green With Decor

Thursday 18th of January 2018

Haha I love how we both just skipped winter. Bring on the warm weather! Love those boats

Amy @ mylifefromhome

Thursday 18th of January 2018

Omg! What a darling idea. I love these cute little boats and what a great statement they make gathered on your mantel!