Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Valentines sailing boats diy







Just over a year ago, i did a tutorial on walnut shell sailing boats. I made fabric flags for them and dotted them around the house. I was in the kitchen, sorting out the flowers on the windowsill and thinking about some ideas for valaentine gifts and remembered that my dear friend, Stacy, from stylemyparty sent me a care package full of craft bits for the girls. Inside were some book page cut our hearts on sticks and i knew that i wanted to make some more sailing boats and use them for valentine gifts for Elle to give to her friends. I shall do a quick tutorial on how to do them.

You will need:

1. Half walnut shells (washed). I got mine last year from my Aunty and Uncles garden but i have seen them around many supermarkets recently such as Asda and Morrisons.
2. Some heart cut outs and cocktail sticks
3. A lighter/matches
4. A candle/wax stick
5. You can opt to use glitter or spray paint also. I spray painted two shells gold and also added gold and red glitter into the wax.





1. Burn a candle until there is a pool of wax under the wick.
2. Pour the wax into the shell, until it is filled up.
3. Hold in the cocktail stick until the wax has dried. This usually takes around 30 seconds.

As i said, you can decorate these as you wish. They look lovely just as they are or you can paint the shells, add glitter or anything your heart desires. Maybe let your child decorate the shells before you add the flags. They could do different decorations for each of their friends by choosing their friends favourite colour paint/glitter for example.

Let me know if you make these. I would love to see!
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56 comments

  1. I love these! so cute... we have a load of walnut shells leftover from Christmas... we'll be making some of these :)

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  2. Ahh they are so adorable!! <3

    Jennie xo | sailorjennie.com

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  3. Such a sweet idea. Your blog is lovely - going to have a poke around it! :)

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    1. Thank you, I hope you enjoy my blog x

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  4. aww these are so cute!!! We made some paper boats and sailed them down the stream by our house earlier in the year, we even took a little video here if you want to see it http://www.tigerlillyquinn.com/2013/08/sailing-away.html :) something so magical about sailing boats isn't there! x

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    1. Oh lovely. We did the same in the summer and also sailed some walnut shell boats too :)

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  5. Ahh these are so lovely! Will definitely be making some x

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  6. What a lovely simple gift to tell someone that you are special.

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  7. this is such a sweet and simple idea!

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  8. I love your style, you have a lovely home. :)

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  9. These look so sweet lined up on the mantle :)

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    1. Thank you. I love them being there x

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  10. Very, very cute! I was tempted to back some book paper bunting at the weekend, but think we might do this instead! Lovely x

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  11. That is so adorable! What a lovely thing to create :)

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  12. These are so cute and pretty. I have some walnuts left over from Christmas so I'm going to do this. They look so pretty around your fireplace - I have one very similar in my bedroom.

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    1. Happy making. This fireplace is in our bedroom :) x

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  13. These are beautiful. Soy wax is great for using on projects as it melts at a lower temp so you can use it safer with kids.

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  14. Aw I love these - they're on my list to make ;-)

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  15. Love the look of them!
    Maybe one day we will be able to decorate the house with lovely, small things like this... for now it is quite impossible - cats would most likely destroy them or Bunk would eat them

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    1. Haha. I have two cats and a dog also but they seem to not bother with my little bits :) x

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  16. What a brilliantly appealing, yet simple idea! Love it! ;-)

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  17. Such a lovely idea!

    www.heavenlyclutter.blogspot.com
    xo

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  18. These are so cute! My eyes are always drawn to anything involving glitter and your little boats have brightened my day a bit. :)

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    1. Oh thank you, I am glad they have x

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  19. What sweet little decorations

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  20. Oh they are fantastic! Nut shells always end up shattered in our house to get at the nut within - but I will have a look in the supermarket next time I go, as I'm told they make v good 1-2 hour candles too. I love the little boats though - did you float them?

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    1. Thank you Vicky. We made some in the summer and floated them on the lake :)

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  21. What a sweet simple idea I love it and I so want some for above my fire place now! x

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  22. These are absolutely brilliant. A simple idea and they look beautiful - must remember to buy some nuts so we can make some too :)

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    1. Thank you :) we love making them x

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  23. So sweet and simple - Kitty would love to make some of these!

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  24. Lovely simple craft! They look so sweet :)

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