Scrap Wood Sailboats

A few weeks ago I showed you our nautical beachy summer mantel.

nautical beachy summer mantel

Today I want to show you the scrap wood decorative sailboats I made at the last minute to fill an empty spot on the mantel. The best part is there are no power tools needed and the whole project only takes about 10 minutes!

Scrap Wood Sailboats



  • scrap wood (2″x6″)
  • skewers or small dowels
  • scrap fabric (white/off-white)
  • scrap fabric (blue)
  • glue gun and glue
  • nail and hammer
  • scissors or craft knife
  • sandpaper (optional)


1. Select an off-cut piece of scrap wood. Mine were 2″x6″x6″ for the larger sailboat and 2″x6″x2″ for the smaller sailboat. Sand the edges if necessary.

2. Using the hammer and nail, make a small hole in the top of the wood where you’d like to place the mast (skewer or dowel). By all means, feel free to use a drill. Grabbing a random nail and the hammer was so much quicker for me than getting out the drill and correct drill bit!

3. Cut skewer or dowel to desired size (about 12″ long) using scissors or craft knife. Hot glue one end into the hole from step 2.

4. Cut two triangles of scrap fabric for each sailboat to make sails. I used pinking shears. One triangle should be a little smaller than the other. There is no magic size, just make triangles that fits your mast.

5. Run a bead of hot glue down the dowel on each side and attach fabric triangle sails (see photo below for detail of sails).

6. Cut a triangle or pennant shape from blue fabric for each sailboat and attach to top of mast using glue gun.

scrap wood sailboats

And you’re done. It’s as easy as that!

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Now go whip up some of your own scrap wood sailboats to add a little summer to your house! 

Or for more fabulous summer inspiration go visit my friends:

seasons of home summer edition

seasons of home summer |

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