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Friday, November 5, 2010

Sail away Pottery Barn!

 
Robyn's $5.00..... Mayflower table centerpiece


Pottery Barn's $40.00 Mayflower table centerpiece...

Boat Centerpiece

A closer look at what I did...

First, I drew a sketch of the pottery barn boat.


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.

MATERIALS:

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)
Newspaper
Rocks
Glue gun & sharpie
Packing tape
Scissors
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.


hot glue 3 or 4 rocks to the bottom of the box along each side of the floral foam


roll up newspaper and pack lightly around the floral foam


tape it all up

With the place mat binding on the bottom, mark and cut out the two sides of the boat.  The highest point is 7" from the bottom binding.  The lowest point is 6" from the bottom binding. (On wrong or backside of place mats, you will measure 3 1/4" in from the right and left side to designate the point at which the line you will draw slopes 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.


gently wiggle and push down the three larger dowels into each of the holes


iron your sails

Finish the edges by ironing 1/2" all around, and then a 1/2" again.

Use fabric glue or sew the edge seams down


With scissors, poke holes on each end of the casing and thread the smaller dowels into each sail

Hot glue the top center of each sail to one of the dowels on the boat (1" down from the top of each dowel)~just a dab of hot glue and thats it!  Won't this look especially cute on the "kids table" at Thanksgiving?


I'm linking to the following parties!




64 comments:

  1. This is wonderful!!! And I like yours better than Pottery Barns....well done!

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  2. Seriously this is super cute!! You did a great job on this and I love it!! Wow! :)

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  3. I was just looking at this on the PB site, I LOVE what you did. Great idea!

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  4. I love it, I love that you made it yourself and I like yours better too.

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  5. I love this! Thanks for coming over to Jellybean Junkyard and recommending it to me! I think yours looks better! Have an extra for me??????? Just kidding....well, kinda kidding!!! :)

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  6. i love a good pottery barn hack. Great job on this one. I am working on a pb hack this afternoon, I hope it comes out half as good as this project.

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  7. You're amazing! I love it!!!

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  8. that looks aMAzing! and your tutorial pictures were very helpful. what a great PB knockoff, for sure!

    www.thecapeonthecorner.blogspot.com

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  9. This is adorable! What a great knock-off! I will feature this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com. Grab my "featured" button.

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  10. My goodness -This Mayflower is beautiful -you are certainly creative

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  11. I like yours better than the PB one! Great job.

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  12. That's awesome! I love it. Great job :)

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  13. So cute! What a great knock-off!!

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  14. Hi Robyn! I Love it! Great tutorial and it's perfect!

    I'm so glad you stopped by and linked your creativity in the DIY Fall Festival. It's nice to "meet" you!

    Have a great weekend!

    Roeshel

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  15. I love this! I've been thinking about how to create one of these ever since I received my Pottery Barn catalog. Love your take on it! The placemats are a fabulous idea.

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  16. I love me a good knock off! Well done and lovely work!

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  17. I saw this in Pottery Barn, and thought it would be fun to replicate... Yours looks better than Pottery Barn's. They should consult you! Great tutorial! Thanks! I am your newest follower :)

    <3

    Risa

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  18. you clever girl! I love the way your brain works :) I love it~

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  19. It looks fantastic. Just saw this on Tatertots and Jello. I saw that in the PBK catalog and LOVED it, but I only attempted a tiny one, but this bigger one is SO Lovely.

    Just Another Day in Paradise

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  20. I love it! I saw it in the PB catalog and wondered about attempting to make one myself - I never would have thought of the placemats though! Great job - it looks fantastic! :)

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  21. LOVE this idea! I'd love for you to link this up to our holiday link up party! http://iheartnaptime.blogspot.com/2010/11/crazy-christmas-crafter-link-up-w.html

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  22. I can't tell you how excited I am about this! I saw this.... what?...... 2 months ago in the PB catalog and was bound and determined to find a way to make it. I tried it with stiff felt and it was a major FAIL. :( This makes me so happy! Thanks! ;)

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  23. this looks amazing! I'd love for you to come link up on Tuesday @ Ladybug Blessings for Handmade Tuesdays. www.ladybug-blessings.com

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  24. I love this. I totally wanted to make one myself when I saw the PB one. And guess what? I likes yours way better and not just because it was so cheap to make. The rickrack makes the sails and the texture on the place mats makes it a stunning presentation.

    http://boyohboyohboycrafts.blogspot.com

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  25. That's incredible. Thanks for sharing your clever tutorial!

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  26. Thanks for the fun idea! Im your newest follower! Follow me at http://craftycierra.blogspot.com and enter my giveaway! Let me know if your interested in doing a blogswap! Thanks!

    /Cierra

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  27. I just can't get over how brilliant this is! I never could have come up with that! Thank you so much for sharing with everyone!

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  28. Wow, I'm so impressed! In fact, at first glance, I thought the second picture (PB's) was the knock-off of the awesome first picture!
    I host a PB/Ballard/Restoration Hardware Knock-Off party once a month...this would be a great entry if you're interested. Next party is Nov 18.

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  29. Totally in LOVE! I adore your fab. tutorial too. So darling! WELL DONE! Jen-CraftOManiac

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  30. This was better than the original. I love it!

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  31. Just love your PB knock-off...it's so stinkin cute! Come by and share it at my PARTY...hope to see ya there:)

    Blessings,
    Linda

    Need some Christmas cash? Hop over and enter my gift card GIVEAWAY!

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  32. I just wanted to stop by and let you know that I linked to this post today from the Home & Garden channel at Craft Gossip. :)

    Your feature will appear in the main Craft Gossip RSS feed, on the main home page and can be found directly here
    http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/pb-inspired-mayflower-centerpiece/

    If you would like a "featured by" button, you can grab one here!
    http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/grab-a-craft-gossip-button/

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  33. That is awesome! I hope you'll enter it in the Copycat Challenge that I'm hosting. It's a knock off contest and the prizes are great! You can find all the details at sewmuchado.blogspot.com :).

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  34. I like yours way better! This is fantastic...perfect and thrifty!

    I came over from tatertots and jello...love this project!

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  35. Absolutely gorgeous!! Yours looks so much better than Pottery barns!!

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  36. This is just fantastic! You did a wonderful job with inexpensive materials for a high end result. Bravo!

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  37. I love this! Such a wonderful project, so very pretty. Love that you used a placemat!!

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  38. So creative! This would be precious for a child's project at school. You did a fabulous job. Joining you at Marty's.

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  39. This is so clever and creative. I just love it. What a fabulous tutorial. Thanks so much for linking to TTT. Hugs, Marty

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  40. This is great! I'm definitely going to try this. Making a list to pick up the materials right after I post this. Thanks so much for taking the time to show all the steps.

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  41. I just love this. Its so creative! You have so many great ideas here. I would love it if you would like to be a featured guest blogger at www.everydaymomideas.com. Its a great way to promote your site. And I would be thrilled to let me readers know more about you. Let me know if your interested, we'd love to have you.

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  42. so cute! I'm not gonna lie, yours is cuter than PB's! I'm featuring this in a post about thanksgiving/fall decor tomorrow on crazydomestic.com. Feel free to grab our "I was featured" button!

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  43. Creative idea!! Great way to reuse items around the house! Thanks for sharing!

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  44. This is so cute! I love it!

    http://carriscraftingcorner.blogspot.com

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  45. Wow - seriously, when I clicked over here, I thought the top photo was from PB at first! Awesome knockoff!

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  46. This is SUCH an amazing craft, and I'm definitely bookmarking this one. I'm not sure if I'll have time to make it in the next 5 days, but I'm keeping it in mind for next year.

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  47. OH! That is so cute! Great job brainstorming your inexpensive material list!!

    Tania

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  48. Great job! I linked up at Dollar Store Crafts Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dollar-Store-Crafts/161233564682

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  49. Just great! Your seriously a genius! Like everyone else, I am featuring this today so stop by and check it out! Grab a button if you'd like and have a fabulous Thanksgiving!

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  50. How cute! I love the texture your version has more than the original!

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  51. Awesome idea and love your version. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  52. Fab centerpiece! Featured you today at http://www.craftbuds.com/last-minute-thanksgiving-fresh-picks-for-11-20-11/

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  53. Just saw on Free Crafts and you did a fab job. Thanks for sharing.

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  54. Made it, love it! Thanks for the idea!

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  56. I have been looking for a good tutorial to make this ship; my friend works at one of the Pottery Barn sister stores and even with her discount, the flimsy looking boat was very expensive; she even had the family name embroidered to one of the sails which made it out more expensive and the boat still doesn't look sturdy or authentic enough for my taste. You did an AMAZING job with this project and it looks WAY better than Pottery Barn's! clap-clap! I am going to try making one of my own with your tutorial; thanks for the step-by-step pics.

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    1. Thanks Suzy! I noticed the other day that our Walmart had similar place mats, in case you are trying to locate some. Just a little tip. :)

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