The V Spot

Rants, observations and home decorating from a woman with no time for a blog.

Make a big Newspaper Sail Boat (using everyday items…)

I shared this project earlier this month at The Country Chic Cottage‘s “Beach Bash”.   I was asked to come up with a beach themed craft, and I knew immediately what I wanted to do.  I wanted to try and create one of those big, gorgeous (expensive) sailboats for my mantel.

You know what happened?  EPIC. FAIL.

What’s a crafty girl to do?  Pardon the pun, but I changed course and decided to embrace the failure.  The finished product is more Huck Finn than it is Nantucket Weekend, but I am really liking it.
Sort of papier mache, sort of not… I give you my Newspaper Sail Boat:
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I did NOT want to spend any a lot of money on my project.  I am not even kidding when I tell you I used what I had, and only what I had….
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Step 1: Get a piece of wood from the wood pile and ask Handsome Hubby to drill a hole in it “real fast”, even though he’s walking out the door to go to work.

Step 2: Find old pieces of cardboard and use duct tape to make a frame around the log. Tape the log down as well.

Step 3: Get a big piece of kraft paper and fold it over and around the basic boat shape of the cardboard.  Secure with duct tape.
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Step 4: Take basic and wonderful Elmer’s Glue and water it down.  Brush it on the “boat” and then add strips of newspaper.  Brush more of the glue mixture over the top.

Step 5: Keep adding layers of newspaper, including across the top of the “boat” being sure to leave an opening over the drilled hole, where your “Mast” will go.

Step 6: When you realize that this might be a dumb idea after all, and that you might only have a mess on your kitchen counter and wise-cracking husband as a result of your efforts, pour a glass of wine and keep going.
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Step 7: After all the newspaper was applied with the Elmer’s Glue mixture, go over it with a nice coating of Mod Podge as a sealant. Figure out the general size and shape you’d like the sails to be and cut them out of fabric.  This was left-over drop cloth from another project I did.

Step 8: I decided I wanted to put our house number on the sail.  Make a stencil (use a cutting machine or a store-bought one) and apply to your “sail.”   Be sure to put newspaper or a protective layer of something between the fabric and your work surface.

Step 9: Use a stipling brush to lightly apply paint.  (Or if you’re me and can’t find a stipling brush, an old toothbrush will work too)  Blot with a paper towel. (I also painted the dowel I used for the mast this same blue.)

Step 10: Use a wire coat hanger to serve as a frame for the bottom of the sails.  Unwind it and cut it to length.
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At this point, you will want to fire up your hot glue gun.  I put a little hot glue on the end of the dowel “Mast” and wedged it into the log in the bottom of the boat at this time as well.

Step 11: At the bottom of each sail, poke a small hole on each end.

Step 12: Insert the cut piece of wire from the front side of each sail and run it the length of the sails. Secure with a little dab of hot glue on the back.  It is one wire running through both sails.  Here’s an additional picture so you can see what I mean.
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Step 13: Poke a hole at the top of each sail and hook a piece of wire through both of holes.


Step 14: Hot glue the crap out of the ring at the top.  (shh.  It’s a technical term.)  Since I knew this would have a definite “front” and “back” side on the boat, I did not worry too much about how it looks from the back.  You will also want to put a little, teeny, tiny, barely noticeable drop of glue where the wire at the bottom of the sails crosses the mast to help it stay in place.

Ta-Da.
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Now that I’ve made one of these, I’m thinking they would be cute at a party.
Instead of putting my house number, how cool would it be to have one on a buffet table that says EAT or FOOD and one near the drinks that says BAR…?  hmmmm.  I might need to have a summer party just so I can do this…

Even though Handsome Hubby is not a fan… and is, in fact, still rolling his eyes, I like it.  He should consider himself lucky I have ditched the idea of a full blown Columbus Day celebration where I would be compelled to make the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria.

Check the bottom of the blog to see where I’ve linked this project.

52 Comments

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Maggie @ Midwestern {Sewing} Girl said...

July 26, 2011 at 1:46 pm
Just pinned this because I LOVE it. I however, would probably have poured the glass of wine BEFORE the project was started...;)
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Cherished Bliss said...

July 26, 2011 at 2:01 pm
Ah soo cute! It would adorable on a buffet!! Great job : )
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Amber said...

July 26, 2011 at 2:07 pm
As usual, I'm amazed. This would be so cute as a table center piece of any kind of buffet table decoration. I love it!!


And I agree with Maggie, I would've had the wine pouring way before I even thought of starting the project, haha
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The Answer Is Chocolate said...

July 26, 2011 at 2:31 pm
I love it but I think step #6 should be step#1!
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Kelli said...

July 26, 2011 at 3:38 pm
I laughed at how you grabbed HH as he was walking out the door...classic Viv! Great job...you put a lot of work into that and totally deserved that glass of wine (or two).
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Jenn Erickson said...

July 26, 2011 at 6:11 pm
Viv, I think it's wonderful. I'm glad you weathered the storm, so to speak, and saw this project through!
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Shan said...

July 26, 2011 at 8:19 pm
That is incredible! What an awesome tutorial as well! So glad you took time out of your busy day to visit my blog and leave some love. :) Made my day! Have a good one!
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MiMi said...

July 26, 2011 at 9:19 pm
Very cool...and yes, gluing the crap out of something IS a technical term right out of the Cursing Crafter's dictionary. :)
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Johnnie said...

July 26, 2011 at 10:20 pm
So very cool. I am obsessed with paper at the moment. May just need to make me one of these. Glad you are back. Hope you enjoyed your break.
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Connie Weiss said...

July 26, 2011 at 10:38 pm
I love it and think it's adorable!!
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Okio B Designs said...

July 26, 2011 at 11:51 pm
Oh my goodness! How cute is that?! My boys would love one!!!! Coming over from Savvy Southern Style and your newest follower!

Jeanine
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once in a blue moon said...

July 26, 2011 at 11:54 pm
very cute~
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KAT said...

July 26, 2011 at 11:57 pm
this is pretty cool
Thanks for sharing your creativity
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Honey at 2805 said...

July 27, 2011 at 12:03 am
Very cute, but will be waiting for October because I'm not convinced you won't go for it!

Hope you will please drop by and enter my $50 Overstock.com Gift Card Giveaway!! If there are 500 entries, they will increase the Gift Card to $100.
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Lina - Fancy Frugal Life said...

July 27, 2011 at 12:49 am
Love how this turned out! I think its time for step # 6 now...:)
Lina
Fancy Frugal Life
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Debbie - refreshrestyle said...

July 27, 2011 at 1:04 am
I need one, I was so excited to see this @ WOW...I might try it and your boating sign! At least some version of both!!!
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SueAnn said...

July 27, 2011 at 10:52 am
Love your boat...and the glass of wine in between brush strokes is priceless!!
Let him roll his eyes....just have some more wine!! Ha!
Hugs
SueAnn
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Lesley Litrento said...

July 27, 2011 at 12:40 pm
What an origonal idea!! Love it. Love the wine image. Funny. I am into New Zealand Savingnon Blancs lately. THey are so citrusy and summery!
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Holly Lefevre said...

July 27, 2011 at 6:06 pm
CUTE! You need to have a party and make a ton of these. I love it and I love that you used what you had on hand!
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Nicole@Thrifty Decorating said...

July 28, 2011 at 1:24 am
It turned out great!...and you only needed how many glasses of wine to finish it??? :)
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Janey said...

July 28, 2011 at 3:32 am
Sooo step 6... definitely my favorite! LOL It turned out great though!
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Desiree @ The 36th Avenue said...

July 28, 2011 at 4:53 am
Oh my! This island girl is in love! I'd love for you to share this at my link party. Great job!
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Becca @ R We There Yet Mom? said...

July 28, 2011 at 1:15 pm
That rocks - as always, you NEVER cease to amaze me!

~Becca
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Jenni said...

July 28, 2011 at 4:26 pm
Vivienne, your blogs are super great! I love this sailboat. I am hosting a linky and would love for you to join the party!
HUGS,
Jenni
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Erin of HomeSavvyAtoZ.com said...

July 28, 2011 at 4:33 pm
Your sailboat turned out great and your tutorial is very thorough! I love it! I hope you will stop by my HomeMade Monday blog party at HomeSavvyAtoZ.com next week to share!

P.S. I am your newest follower!
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Kim said...

July 28, 2011 at 7:41 pm
AHHHH, so nice, I wan to go for a sail...
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Jennifer said...

July 29, 2011 at 1:39 am
Very cute idea! Love the sail! I really like step #6! I think if we ever meet, you and I will get along so well!
Jen
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Pam said...

July 29, 2011 at 1:39 am
Very cute. I did a similar one minus the newspaper a few weeks ago. My husband is still rolling his eyes over that one! Men just don't get it!
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At The Picket Fence said...

July 29, 2011 at 1:35 pm
Okay Viv! First this is adorable! I was thinking how cute for a "boat themed" birthday party or even a pirate party and making a pirate sail instead. BUT, I am laughing out loud at your husband drilling the hole in the wood while trying to leave for work AND you having a glass of wine in the middle of the project. So, how early *did* you break out the wine? lol

You always make every project fun as well as creative! Thanks for sharing it with us at Inspiration Friday!

Heather
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❀ⒹⒺⒺ❀ said...

July 29, 2011 at 2:06 pm
Very cute project!

Dee
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Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

July 29, 2011 at 6:22 pm
I like it alot! It's charming! Men just don't understand pretty! lol
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Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

July 29, 2011 at 9:57 pm
I love it Viv!! Such a charming little piece and enjoy that glass of wine too! :) Thanks for linking up this week! :)
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Cris said...

July 30, 2011 at 12:18 am
So cool! I love any beachy projects! Good job!
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Sommer said...

July 30, 2011 at 3:27 pm
Hey V! Sorry I've been mia lately. Love this boat! How clever you are. Would love to have you link to my party this weekend too! http://designergarden.blogspot.com/2011/07/vip-party-21.html
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Amanda said...

July 30, 2011 at 8:36 pm
This is such a fun idea, definitely something to keep in mind for a beachy or pirate themed party. My boys would also love to have a go making a boat, thanks for sharing.
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Bella@Bellabeforeandafter.blogspot.com said...

July 31, 2011 at 2:11 am
VIVIENNE, Wow how awesome this turned out. I LOVE that you didn't buy a single thing to make it, that's MY KIND OF gal, he he. No wonder Lesley loves ya so much, you are RAD, oh and hello the whole SO CAL social thing, are you kidding me. I WISH I could go, erghh.

I'm your newest follower FINALLY he he.

Stop by anytime to say hello!!!
Hugs, Bella :)
**AMAZE ME AUGUST** @ Bella Before and After Any projects, recipes, diy welcome.
**PARTY PLANNING TUESDAYS** @ Euro Style Cakes. All your party planning tips, decorations, invitations, and recipes welcome at my NEW party.
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Bella@Bellabeforeandafter.blogspot.com said...

July 31, 2011 at 2:12 am
Almost forgot....

I would LOVE to invite you to check out my weekly parties. I would be so happy if you linked up, this and any other fabulous project you are working on. MAYBE even add me to your party LIST (yikes). That would be RAD!!!
Stop by anytime to say hello!!!
Hugs, Bella :)
**AMAZE ME AUGUST** @ Bella Before and After Any projects, recipes, diy welcome.
**PARTY PLANNING TUESDAYS** @ Euro Style Cakes. All your party planning tips, decorations, invitations, and recipes welcome at my NEW party.
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Ginger said...

July 31, 2011 at 3:03 am
Tell that hubby of your's that it is cute as a button! Just think of all the things you could put in it during a party! Love it!
Ginger@SavvyShanty
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Alison @ The Polohouse said...

July 31, 2011 at 3:21 am
This is so awesome!
LOVING the shot with the wine in hand!!!!
Too funny but my kind of crafting for sure!

Your newest follower.
Alison
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Jennifer said...

August 1, 2011 at 1:19 am
Viv - it's awesome!! I think it came out wonderfully!! AND I must admit - step 6 made me laugh out loud!! Thank you so much for linking up this week at Saturday Social!

xoxo

Jenn @ Social Salutations
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Jamie said...

August 1, 2011 at 3:04 am
love this. I have a party every Monday. I would love for you to stop by and link up your sail boat and any other projects you would like to share. http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/
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Jamie said...

August 1, 2011 at 3:04 am
love this. I have a party every Monday. I would love for you to stop by and link up your sail boat and any other projects you would like to share. http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/
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Maggie said...

August 1, 2011 at 8:18 pm
oh my this is so amazingly kewl...
I'm inviting you to join our linking party every Wednesday at
http://www.passionatelyartistic.com/2011/07/hgtvs-cash-cari-with-linking-party.html
Have a fabulous week,
Maggie
http://passionatelyartistic.com
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Debra @ Common Ground said...

August 1, 2011 at 10:03 pm
You are one creative and ambitious crafter! Really love how you made the sail, thanks for sharing at VIF!
xo Debra
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gail said...

August 2, 2011 at 12:57 am
very creative vivienne !
your boat is super cute!
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Michelle said...

August 2, 2011 at 3:46 am
I say it turned out well. Love that you used only what you had. The sails are so cute! Thanks for linking up with DIY under $5!
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Beth@Wiccan Make Some Too said...

August 3, 2011 at 1:35 pm
Glad you didn't give up on this project. Turned out wickedly awesome! Following your blog now. I would love for you to link this up to my Wickedly Crafty Saturdays at Wiccan Make Some Too. Link is still open for today.
http://wiccanmakesometoo.blogspot.com/2011/07/wickedly-crafty-saturdays.html
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Mindie Hilton said...

August 3, 2011 at 1:55 pm
I love it. My hubs doesn't alway like all of my ideas too. Thanks for linking to Bacon Time. Great advice on the wine btw lol
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HI THERE! said...

August 7, 2011 at 2:44 am
Great job! I love how you just used what you already had around and it turned out so cute! Thanks so much for the wonderful tutorial too - I might try something like this {including the wine!}. I'll be featuring this tomorrow - thanks for linking up to The Creative Spark!
Jenn
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HI THERE! said...

August 7, 2011 at 2:44 am
Great job! I love how you just used what you already had around and it turned out so cute! Thanks so much for the wonderful tutorial too - I might try something like this {including the wine!}. I'll be featuring this tomorrow - thanks for linking up to The Creative Spark!
Jenn
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Inspire Me Heather said...

July 5, 2012 at 1:22 pm
What a great idea - very clever of you! I love your sailboat and I've got this linked to my nautical post too today, well done!
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Cool boy said...

October 16, 2012 at 12:28 pm
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