How to make Driftwood Sail Boats

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We love a little Boat Craft. Sometimes I am as bad as the kids and I drive The Englishman MAD with our nature finds collecting… I can resist picking up a smooth beautiful stone or some gorgeous sunbleashed driftwood. I encourage the kids to do the same and then we drag it all home with us. We love Driftwood Sail Boats.

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First published in July 2014

We have piles of driftwood, pinecones and stones subsequently knocking around our house and garden. Mainly the kids just play with our nature finds (we have lots of Nature Play Ideas for you here), but as you know, we also LOVE to get crafty. The great thing about driftwood, is that it is usually smooth and very soft, so it is great for driftwood crafts, as easy to handle.

Time for some driftwood boats to play with in the paddling pool, don’t you think?!

To Make (our) Driftwood Boats, you will need:

  • Large flat piece of driftwood – the the larger and flatter the better. If it is round, you may have to tie several together
  • Scraps of fabric
  • Coffee stirrers (or kebab sticks or normal sticks)
  • a little glue
  • something sharp (we used a stanley knife)

To Make (our) Driftwood Boats:

Make your sails first

1) We started with the sails. We stuck together two coffee stirrs to make a mast and boom. Strictly speaking you don’t need a “boom” as in the picture, but we found that the less the sail flaps, the better the boat keeps it’s balance. Cut your triangle of fabric and glue together. Note: a larg sail LOOKS PRETTIER, but also makes your boat less stable.

Now for the boat

2) For our orange sail, the driftwood already had a crack in it – this was great for just wedging our sail in and gave us a chance to experminent for the best position. For the checked and blue sails, we made a small hole using our stanly knife. Of course, be careful when doing this.

You CAN glue you sail in. We did this AFTER testing the sails in the water, to give us a chance to reposition them a bit.

3) When testing your driftwood boats – if you find they keep toppling – this tends to happen with very round driftwood pieces as per the blue sailboat – tie on some additional pieces of driftwood on either side to stabilise it.

4) Enjoy your driftwood sail boats – use as a decoration or better still PLAY!

We do love making boats and crafting with driftwood, so these driftwood boats are very special for us and will always remind us of our holidays!

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