For the past few years I’ve enjoyed making a coastal ornament for my coastal Christmas tree. This year I went with a more nautical vibe for the kids’ turquoise and red tree in their playroom and I made some cute DIY Sailboat Ornaments! They remind me of the ships in bottles and they are easier to make than they look!
To make the Sailboat Ornaments you will need the following items:
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- (6) Glass Ball Oraments 3 inch
- 1 bag Crushed Shells in an Opalescent Mix of Blue Shades
- Bamboo Skewers, 6-inch
- Small Clear Elastic Rubber Bands (or orthodontic bands used for braces)
- a piece of white cardstock or printer paper
- Temperature Glue Gun
- Pruning Shears
- very narrow Tweezers – or a Jewelers Tool
Step 2) Now grab 2 tiny rubber bands. I used my kids’ leftover bands from their braces! You can also find small elastic bands in the beauty section of any store, but braces bands work best. Slide one band over the 2 skewers exactly as pictured below.
Step 5) Let go and the boat base will pop into a horizontal position, which should be perpendicular to the mast.
Step 6) Cut out a paper triangle sail out of card stock or printer paper. Feel free to color it if desired. Place a small amount of hot glue to the back of the mast and glue the sail to it.
Step 7) Fill the bottom of your ornament with the crushed shells (Don’t add too much at first. You can always add more later). The reason why I used 3 inch glass ornaments vs. larger ones, is because these shells will make your ornament heavy!
Step 8) Twist the “boat” skewer so it is aligned with the mast (like in step 4) and start inserting it into the ornament opening. It will pop back in place as soon as it clears the opening.
Gently bend and tuck the paper sail so it will fit into the opening. Hold the top of the mast with your needle nose pliers or tweezers and insert the sailboat into the shells, pushing all the way to the bottom or until the “boat” part is sitting on top of the shells (water). The shells should hold it in place. Use the pliers to adjust the position.
Are they adorable? I hope you try making some Sailboat Ornaments for yourself sometime!
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