Thursday, June 30, 2011

Etceteras: bandana boats

I love the clean look of blue and white. I always think of sailing when I see this color combination.
I’ve wanted to make some little sailboats for the longest time. I originally wanted to repurpose or upcycle something for the boat but I couldn’t think of anything to use.

This left me with no other choice but to make the boats myself. Old cardboard, strips of paper and my favorite paper mache paste resulted in one messy afternoon and several little boats.

You can find the paper mache paste recipe under the goodie bag tab.

I used kraft paper and white paper for the boats and didn’t need to paint them.

Tip: Unless it’s a really nice warm day, a portable heater helps speed up the drying time for paper mache projects.

Once the boats were dry, I added a bamboo skewer for a mast and cut pieces of navy and light blue bandanas for the sails.

Some of the boats didn’t want to stand up properly so I glued them to glass marbles and tiles.

These little nautical blue and white bandana boats would be perfect to jazz up a mantle or hang on a mobile for a boy’s room.


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  1. I like your boats.very nice:) I made the driftwood boats

  2. These are beautiful!
    Just perfect for summer!

  3. I love your boats, they remind me of hot summer days

  4. *GASP* Girl, you KNOW how much I am L-O-V-I-N-G these little boats!!! I cannot even express their serious ca-uteness. I was just thinking that my mantle needed to to be summerfied a bit more, and this is it. I'm going to make a bunch of little boats and attach them to a line of jute, then drape them across the mantle. Thank you SO MUCH for sharing this!!

    ~Nicole @

  5. Oh so sweet!
    Would you like to share this post at our Weekly Playdate link party? It would be a fantastic addition!
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    Come & Play :: Playdate

  6. These are really cute! Thanks for visiting our blog.

  7. These look so cute! Thank you for sharing them! :)

  8. Very cute! My boys would love helping to make these! Ours might need to really float though cuz no doubt they'd put them in the water! :) Hope you have a great weekend!

  9. How cute are these?! I was just reading the July Martha Stewart Living and there's a whole article on crafting with bandanas. These should be in there! Thanks so much for linking up !!

  10. Dang, girl! It's stuff like this that made me beg you to join the tribe! Amazing! Stumbled, pinned, tweeted.... fb'd... where did I leave my mega-phone....

  11. Awww super sweet boats! Love!!

    Fancy Frugal Life

  12. Those are so cute! Blue and white always make me think of sailing too! These would be so fun to make with kids!

  13. Brilliant! These are amazing and yet so easy.

  14. These are so sweet & nautical - - bet my son would love to try this project!

  15. Oh my word -- they're positively charming!


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