November 23, 2011

Mini Mayflower Place Card Tutorial

I've been in the mood for miniatures lately, and when I saw the diminutive Christmas tree spools at Musings from Kim K, I was inspired to make a spool creation of my own.  Thus was born the Mini Mayflower Place Card.

These charming little place cards are easy to make and use mostly repurposed materials.  If you can fold a paper hat, you can fold a paper boat.  Old book pages, stray buttons and scrap paper can often be found around the house.

Here's what you need to make a fleet of mini Mayflowers of your own:


Supplies (per place card)
1 wooden spool
1 3.75" x 2.75" piece of old paper
(book pages and sheet music work nicely)
3" segment of a bamboo skewer
Mayflower sail template, below
(personalized, printed out on off-white paper and cut out)
Small hole punch
Piece of decorative paper to wrap around the spool 
(size will depend on size of your spool)
vintage lace or trim
hot glue gun

Step 1:  Fold the 3.75" x 2.75" piece of paper into a paper boat.  Need a refresher course?  You can find a great one HERE.  After folding, I insert the tip of my pinky into the point from the bottom of the boat to give it more volume.

Step 2:  Download the Mini Mayflower Sail template by right-clicking on the image below.  Save.  Then, insert the image into a word processing document.  

Nothin' fancy, but it does the job I assure you.
Personalize, then print and cut out both sails.  Use a small diameter hole punch to punch a whole at the top and bottom center of the large sail.

Step 3:  Measure and cut a strip of decorative paper to wrap around the spool.  I used "Black & Kraft French Script" CCP2278 from Canvas Corp. Use a dab of hot glue to affix one end of the strip to the spool.  Wrap around and glue the loose end.

Step 4:  Make a hole by inserting the sharp end of a bamboo skewer through the bottom of the boat and out through the center point.  Pull skewer all the way through.  

Step 5:  Insert the 3" skewer through the hole you've just made, leaving 1/4" extending from the bottom.

Step 6:  Thread the large sail on to the top of the skewer.

Step 7:  Put a small dab of hot glue on the back of the small sail.  Attach to the front of the "mast" so that the bottom tips slightly overlap the large sail.

Step 8:  Put some hot glue on the bottom of the paper boat, around the middle where you skewer pokes through.  Insert into the hole in the spool; toggle and adjust to perfectly position the boat.

Step 9:  Embellish the spool by wrapping with vintage lace or trim (securing ends with hot glue) and a small button.

Happy Thanksgiving!


  1. These are just too cute! I'll have to "Pin" them for next year!

  2. I am smitten. Have a wonderful thanksgiving.

  3. These are just perfect Jenn. Wishing you and yours a wonderful day !


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