Driftwood Sailboat Wreath

Designer: Jan Carlson

Ahoy there, matey! Come ashore with a rectangular wreath accented with a colorful driftwood-and-fabric sailboat.


  • 12“-wide furring strips: 2 cut to 23″ long and 2 cut to 20” long
  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks
  • Chop saw
  • Driftwood branches (available at crafts stores and online)
  • Drill with assorted drill bits
  • Assorted printed fabrics
  • Fabric glue (such as Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Permanent Fabric Adhesive)
  • Hemp cording
  • Acrylic paints: lime green, aqua, blue
  • Jute rope
  • Heavy-duty repositionable hook-and-loop tape (such as 3M Reclosable Fasteners)

1. To make wreath frame, lay furring strips out in a rectangle, overlapping ends at corners. Hot-glue strips together at corners.

2. Use a chop saw to cut a segment from a gently curved driftwood branch that is long enough to extend from side to side across wreath frame. Hot-glue branch ends to wreath-frame sides about one-third above the bottom of the frame opening.

3. Cut 100–120 narrow driftwood branches into segments approximately 4–6″ long. Hot-glue segments to wreath frame, starting with inside and outside edges and placing segments end to end in tightly spaced rows.

4. Cut a curved driftwood branch approximately 13″ long for sailboat base. Select a straight and narrow driftwood branch for mast. Drill a hole slightly larger than mast branch in center of driftwood sailboat base; insert mast branch. Lay boat inside wreath opening, positioning it on top of branch extending across the frame. Determine how long mast should be, making sure it touches top of frame; cut. Hot-glue mast in place.

5. Use scrap paper to make a triangular pattern for each sail. Cut each sail 18” larger than the pattern from desired fabric. Fold raw edges under 18” and secure with fabric glue. Let dry.

6. Stitch a running stitch along each sail’s glued edges using hemp cord. Stitch a long length of hemp cord through running stitches on each back side of each sail, leaving long ends for tying onto branches.

7. Tie each sail onto mast and boat base by wrapping ends around driftwood pieces. Hot-glue hemp cord ends in place on backs of sails.

8. Cut approximately six triangles to desired size from assorted printed fabrics. Fold top edge of each flag under 18” and use fabric glue to secure. Use hemp cord to stitch flags together with running stitches, leaving long cord ends. Extend flags from tip of mast to one end of sailboat base; wrap ends around driftwood, using fabric glue to secure.

9. Hot-glue sailboat on top of branch extending across frame.

10. Referring to How to Make a Salt-Dough Starfish, below, make two 5″, four 4″, and two 2″ starfish. Poke a hole through one arm on each 4″ starfish to accommodate a hanger. Paint four 4″ starfish with lime green, aqua, and blue acrylic paints to match fabric. Let dry.

11. Hot-glue a 5″ starfish to each top corner of wreath. Hot-glue a 2″ starfish to each end of branch extending across wreath. Tie four 4″ starfish to branch using hemp cord.

12. Wrap jute rope around bottom corners of wreath; hot-glue ends on back.

13. Hang wreath with heavy-duty repositionable hook-and-loop tape.

How-To Make a Salt-Dough Starfish:

1. Mix 2 cups flour, 1 cup salt, and  1 cup water in a bowl to make dough.
2. Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface using a rolling pin. Draw a starfish shape in the dough using the end of a wooden skewer. Remove excess dough between starfish arms and smooth edges with your fingers.
3. Use the skewer to draw a line down each arm and to make small dots on each side of each line. If desired, poke a hole in the end of one arm for a hanger. Bake starfish in a 200°F oven for two hours. Flip starfish using a spatula and bake another 30 minutes. If needed, adjust baking time. Let cool. Paint starfish with acrylic paint if desired. Let dry.


Chalkboard Plant Markers

Designer: Kate Carter Frederick

Color plant markers using easy-to-make chalkboard paint.


  • Outdoor paint (latex or acrylic) in desired colors
  • Unsanded-grout powder
  • Airtight container (optional)
  • Wood plant markers
  • Foam brush
  • 150-grit sandpaper
  • Chalk
  • Cloth
  • Chalk pencil

1.  Mix 14 cup outdoor paint with 1 tablespoon unsanded-grout powder to make chalkboard paint. Store in an airtight container to keep from drying out.


2. Use a foam brush to paint one side of wood plant markers with paint; let dry. Paint other side of plant markers; let dry. Brush on a second coat of paint, and let dry 24 hours.


3. Lightly sand both sides of the plant markers. Brush on a third coat of paint; let dry. Sand lightly.


4. Prepare the writing surface of your plant markers by rubbing both sides of each marker with chalk, then wiping it off with a cloth. Write each plant name on the markers using a chalk pencil.

Oven-Baked Clay Mushroom: How-To

Designer: Katie Leporte

Moss and a small air plant become dense shrubbery when placed next to a cute clay mushroom.


  • Oven-bake clay: white (such as Sculpey)
  • Acrylic paint
  • Artist’s brushes
  • High-gloss decoupage medium (such as Mod Podge)
  • Florist wire
  • Clear Glitter

1. Shape oven-bake clay (such as Sculpey) into the following shapes: several tiny balls for spots, one 112” round disk for the cap, and one 1″-long tube for the stem.

2. Press clay balls onto cap to make spots, leaving each one slightly raised. Shape cap so it’s concave on the underside. Press cap onto stem.

3. Push a 134” length of florist wire through the center of the stem, leaving 1″ of wire exposed. Bake mushroom according to clay manufacturer’s specifications. When cool, paint mushroom as desired. Brush with high-gloss decoupage medium; sprinkle with clear glitter.

Spring-Inspired Foam Wreath

Designer: Jan Carlson

Inspired by springtime renewal, this moss-covered wreath starts with a foam base.


  • 14″-diameter plastic-foam wreath
  • Preserved sheet moss: natural green
  • Reindeer sheet moss: chartreuse and basil-green
  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks
  • 212“-wide decorative ribbon: faux bark with moss
  • 14“-wide double-stick tape (such as Scor-Tape)
  • Double-sided cardstock: light purple small dot, dark purple small dot, light green small dot, newsprint, light green large dot, light purple large dot, dark purple large dot
  • 314×5″ wooden plaque with jute hanger
  • Spray paint: hammered metallic silver
  • Sticker letters

1. Cover foam wreath with preserved sheet moss using hot glue. Glue small patches of chartreuse and basil-green reindeer sheet moss on top of the preserved sheet moss as desired.

2. Determine length of hanging ribbon. Cut decorative ribbon to determined length and loop the ribbon through the wreath at the top. Secure ribbon ends together with double-stick tape.

3. Referring to “How to Make a Paper Flower”, below, and the patterns here, make one light purple small dot flower, one dark purple small dot flower, and one light green small dot flower. Cut three leaves from light green small dot. Glue the flowers and the leaves to the top of the wreath, atop the hanging ribbon.

4. Print butterfly patterns here; cut out. Cut two large butterflies from desired cardstock. Fold each wing at the body. Adhere two butterflies together using a small piece of double-stick tape.

5. Cut six small butterflies from desired patterned paper. Fold each wing at the body. Adhere three butterflies together using double-stick tape. Repeat to make a total of two small butterflies.

6. Hot-glue butterflies to wreath as desired.

7. Remove jute hanger from wooden plaque. Spray-paint plaque with hammered metallic silver paint; let dry.

8. Adhere sticker letters to plaque to spell the word Grow. Add brackets around the word and add dots from the letter i‘s on the sticker sheet to the corners of the plaque.

9. Tie jute onto wooden plaque. Hot-glue the jute to the inside of the wreath so the plaque dangles in the round opening.

How To Make A Paper Flower:


1. Trace the flower pattern found here onto a 6″ square of double-sided patterned cardstock.

2. Cut out the wavy spiral on the drawn lines.

3. Roll up the spiral, starting from the outside and working toward the center. Secure the base of the flower with a large dab of hot glue.

Happy Camper Party

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