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Coastal Crafts
These easy-to-make driftwood sailboats make the perfect place setting at your next outdoor dinner.

Driftwood Sailboat Template A (page 139)
Driftwood Sailboat Template B (page 139)
Driftwood Sailboat Template C (page 139)
Driftwood Sailboat Template D (page 139)

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  • Step 1

    Place three pieces of driftwood of roughly the same length next to one another.

  • Step 2

    Cut down two wood craft sticks to measure 2. inches (5.7 cm) each.

  • How to make an ornament. Driftwood And Drill Sailboats - Step 3
    Step 3

    Place the cut craft sticks across the driftwood and mark with a pencil where the tacks will be placed, one at each piece of driftwood, for each craft stick.

  • How to make an ornament. Driftwood And Drill Sailboats - Step 4
    Step 4

    Place the wood craft sticks on the driftwood again and hammer the tacks into place. Set aside for the glue to dry. Repeat for the other side.

  • How to make an ornament. Driftwood And Drill Sailboats - Step 5
    Step 5

    Drill a hole slightly larger than the tack at each mark. Put a small drop of wood glue on top of each drilled hole.

  • How to make an ornament. Driftwood And Drill Sailboats - Step 6
    Step 6

    Drill a hole at this mark that is slightly bigger than one of the 8-inch (20 cm) sticks, which will be used as the mast.

  • Step 7

    Flip the driftwood structure over and mark with a pencil the center of the middle piece of driftwood.

  • How to make an ornament. Driftwood And Drill Sailboats - Step 8
    Step 8

    Fill the drilled hole with wood glue and then push the “mast” stick into the hole.

  • How to make an ornament. Driftwood And Drill Sailboats - Step 9
    Step 9

    Adjust the stick slightly to make sure that it is standing up as straight as possible. Set aside to dry.

  • How to make an ornament. Driftwood And Drill Sailboats - Step 10
    Step 10

    Hammer a tack at both ends of the middle piece of driftwood.

  • Step 11

    Cut out one of Driftwood Sailboat Template A and three of Driftwood Sailboat Template D from the drill fabric.

  • How to make an ornament. Driftwood And Drill Sailboats - Step 12
    Step 12

    Paint the sail white.

  • How to make an ornament. Driftwood And Drill Sailboats - Step 13
    Step 13

    Paint two pennants sea-foam green and one pennant yellow.

  • How to make an ornament. Driftwood And Drill Sailboats - Step 14
    Step 14

    Once the sail is dry, mark horizontal lines as follows: 11⁄8 inches up from the bottom, 2. inches (5.7 cm) up from the bottom, 3. inches (8.3 cm) up from the bottom, and 4. (10.8 cm) inches up from the bottom.

  • How to make an ornament. Driftwood And Drill Sailboats - Step 15
    Step 15

    Paint the marked stripes aqua.

  • How to make an ornament. Driftwood And Drill Sailboats - Step 16
    Step 16

    Punch holes in the corners of the sail.

  • Step 17

    Cut a length of string 14 inches (36 cm). Mark the center of the string with a pencil.

  • How to make an ornament. Driftwood And Drill Sailboats - Step 18
    Step 18

    Thread a large-eye needle with cotton string. Thread the string through the punched holes in the sail

  • How to make an ornament. Driftwood And Drill Sailboats - Step 19
    Step 19

    ... and then wrap the string around the mast stick, at the bottom, about . inch (1.3 cm) up from the driftwood. Then knot the string.

  • How to make an ornament. Driftwood And Drill Sailboats - Step 20
    Step 20

    Repeat for the top of the mastand the side of the sail, except attach the string to the tack.

  • How to make an ornament. Driftwood And Drill Sailboats - Step 21
    Step 21

    Glue the yellow pennant to the string center at the mark. Glue the other two pennants to the string, . inch (1.3 cm) from the yellow pennant, on either side. Place paper clips where the pennants fold over the string to keep them in place while the glue dries.

  • How to make an ornament. Driftwood And Drill Sailboats - Step 22
    Step 22

    Once the glue is dry, tie and knot the pennant string to the top of the mast stick and then to the end tack.

  • Step 23

    Daub glue on the string and the stick to secure the knots. Trim off excess string.

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