Robyn's $5.00..... Mayflower table centerpiece
Then I brainstormed inexpensive materials that I could use to make my own boat. I came up with a shoebox, brown place mats, floral foam, canvas, and dowels. To make your own, gather the following materials and follow my tutorial.
Shoebox (5 1/2" x 10 3/4" x 3 1/2 or 4" tall) *I used a kid's one from Target & cut off the end
Two sturdy brown place mats (12" x 18" each) (I used bamboo ones from the Dollar Tree)
Two (1/4 " x 36"long) dowels (Hobby Lobby) *cut them into three pieces...15 1/2", 16", and 16 1/2"
Three round dowels ~3/16" each cut into 7" pieces (about $1/ pkg. @Walmart) *I already had from caramel apple tutorial
Lightweight Fabric to cut three (8 1/2" x 12") "sails"~I had an old canvas basket liner that had rickrack on it. OR... you can use the backs of three small tote bags from the Dollar Tree (photo below)
*If you use the tote bags, one of the edges is already finished so you can cut the fabric to 8 1/2" x 11"
Two green floral foam "bricks" (Dollar Tree)
Glue gun & sharpie
Fabric glue or sewing machine
center and hot glue one floral brick
with a serrated knife, cut about 1" off the other block horizontally so that it will not be higher than the box when hot glued on top of the other.
roll up newspaper and pack lightly around the floral foam
tape it all up
center and glue the sides of the boat to the shoebox
hot glue the edges together where the sides meet.
With the scraps from the place mat, cut three strips (1 3/4" x 11 1/2" or so), over lap them and glue them down to cover the top of the box. Twist the point of the scissors back and forth to make three holes (about 3" apart) to stick the larger dowels into.