Here is our inspiration picture from the Parents website. They have a series on a nautical birthday party. We are borrowing a lot of these ideas for this party. I will be posting all our projects up until the party to be held on 7/28.
We are going to make a few changes though so it is more baby friendly. Instead of two full boxes I was able to use some scrap cardboard from a local hardware store. This way I could make a six sided boat very easily.
The first thing I did was cut it down so it was only about two inches taller than the bumbo.
We are going to paint it so it looks like a weathered sailboat rather than so much like a box. So far I have covered it roughly with watered down gesso to get the whitewash look. I will add the finishing touches tonight.
Also instead of a Tyvek and painters tape sail as described in the inspiration project, we are using the same fabric we purchased to make runners for the food table. $6 a yard outdoor fabric which is very sturdy and will hold its shape nicely.
Here is the piece I was left with after I cut out my runners.
Not exactly what the inspiration boat called for...because I used most of the fabric to make the two runners, I was left with a very long piece of fabric. So rather than a short wide sail, I needed to make a long thin one.
In order to make a perfect triangle (or nearly perfect) I took ribbon from corner to corner to make my cutting line.
I cut it out and the next step is to attach two dowels to the sail so that it is "sea worthy"!
I hope to wrap up the boat tonight to share with you tomorrow. All of our official photos from the party will be on Monday July 30th!