I bet you’ve never heard of an avocado sailboat before. Okay maybe you have, but it probably involves shrimps and a tangy mayonnaise of some sort. This one doesn’t taste too good and looks better on a bookshelf or mantle rather than on the dinner table 😉

Looking to add some rustic charm to your coastal decor? This avocado sailboat is quick and easy to make and it's budget-friendly too. Customise the little boat and add a map sail of your favorite place or country. #avocadoupcycle #ACraftyMix #coastaldecor #concretedecor

Can you spot the avocado yet? It’s hiding right there under the upside down map of South Africa.

Looking to add some rustic charm to your coastal decor? This avocado sailboat is quick and easy to make and it's budget-friendly too. Customise the little boat and add a map sail of your favorite place or country. #avocadoupcycle #ACraftyMix #coastaldecor #concretedecor

See, right there 😉

Looking to add some rustic charm to your coastal decor? This avocado sailboat is quick and easy to make and it's budget-friendly too. Customise the little boat and add a map sail of your favorite place or country. #avocadoupcycle #ACraftyMix #coastaldecor #concretedecor

And it was super easy to make too, plus it fits’ right in with this month’s Cast in Concrete IBC challenge.

What’s The IBC All About

The IBC, or International Blogger’s Club, is a group of bloggers from all over the world who challenge each other to make something using a common theme.  Our last challenge was “I Love Resin” and we shared a tutorial to make a gorgeous Spring wreath bursting with love and lots of greenery. You’ll find all my friend’s “Cast in Concrete” projects at the bottom of this tutorial and they’re stunning. So don’t miss out.

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What you need

For the concrete sailboat bottom

  • One avocado (Thick-skinned Hass avocados work best)
  • Concrete Mix or Plaster of Paris
  • Thick cardboard or tin scraps
  • Craft paint, paintbrushes and glue

For this craft tutorial I used one avocado, with the flesh and pip removed

For the sail

  • Skewer or straight twig
  • Clear drying craft glue
  • Map of your favorite place, cut into a triangular shape

I downloaded an old map of South Africa from Wiki Commons but feel free to use any map, as long as it can be cut into a triangular shape. Lucky for me, an upside down South Africa already looks like a sail 😀

How to Make a Concrete Avocado Sailboat

Slice the avocado in half and remove the pip and scoop out all the flesh. Save the flesh for this yummilicious salad and the pip to plant in the garden ? Wash the avocado peel and dry well.

For this craft tutorial I used one avocado, with the flesh and pip removed

Place the avocado peel on a stable surface. Depending on the shape you may need to balance it so the top is level. I just used some clay to prop mine up a little. Mix up a batch of concrete or Plaster of Paris according to the manufacturer’s instructions. I used concrete since this is a concrete challenge 😉 Pour the mixture inside the peel.

Mix the concrete according to the manufacturer's instructions and pour inside the avocado skin

Make sure the peel is level before inserting a skewer or twig inside.

Mix the concrete according to the manufacturer's instructions and pour inside the avocado skin. Place a skewer inside and leave to cure fully

Leave to cure fully, before removing the peel.

Once the concrete sets peel the avocado skin off

Sand the little sailboat shape smooth and flatten the bottom a little with coarse sand paper. I wanted my avocado sailboat to look rustic, so covered the entire bottom with brown craft paint.

To paint the avocado sailboat, flip it over and apply a base coat of brown

Once the paint died, I applied a thick layer of craft glue and then added white craft paint on top of that.

I used craft glue and acrylic paints to paint my avocado sailboat
Apply a thick layer of craft glue all over the avocado. While the glue is still tacky, not wet add the acrylic paint

I love watching the cracks forming as the glue and paint dries.

As the paint dries large cracks will start forming

To finish the bottom off, cut a strip of cardboard or old rusty tin ceiling and carefully bend and glue the strip around the avocado sailboat shape.

Trim the upper edge of the avocado boat with tin ceiling tile off cuts

And finally, glue the map to the skewer mast, and add a small flag.

Glue the map onto the skewer

It’s that easy to create a little rustic boat using an avocado peel.

Looking to add some rustic charm to your coastal decor? This avocado sailboat is quick and easy to make and it's budget-friendly too. Customise the little boat and add a map sail of your favorite place or country. #avocadoupcycle #ACraftyMix #coastaldecor #concretedecor

For me what makes it special is that the sail is a map of our beautiful South Africa.

Looking to add some rustic charm to your coastal decor? This avocado sailboat is quick and easy to make and it's budget-friendly too. Customise the little boat and add a map sail of your favorite place or country. #avocadoupcycle #ACraftyMix #coastaldecor #concretedecor

Plus I got to use up some of those ceiling tile off-cuts we have lying around 😉

Looking to add some rustic charm to your coastal decor? This avocado sailboat is quick and easy to make and it's budget-friendly too. Customise the little boat and add a map sail of your favorite place or country. #avocadoupcycle #ACraftyMix #coastaldecor #concretedecor

What do you think? Is it something you would add to your coastal decor?

Looking to add some rustic charm to your coastal decor? This concrete avocado sailboat is quick and easy to make and it's budget-friendly too. Customise the little boat and add a map sail of your favorite place or country. #avocadoupcycle #ACraftyMix #coastaldecor #concretedecor

If you like the idea of making an avocado sailboat, don’t forget to pin it for later.

Looking to add some rustic charm to your coastal decor? This concrete avocado sailboat is quick and easy to make and it's budget-friendly too. Customise the little boat and add a map sail of your favorite place or country. #avocadoupcycle #ACraftyMix #coastaldecor #concretedecor

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Looking to add some rustic charm to your coastal decor? This concrete avocado sailboat is quick and easy to make and it's budget-friendly too. Customise the little boat and add a map sail of your favorite place or country. #avocadoupcycle #ACraftyMix #coastaldecor #concretedecor

And don’t forget to go have a looksee at the other awesome “Cast in Concrete” ideas the rest of the girls in the Int’l Bloggers Club came up with.

Int'l Blogger's Club Cast in Concrete Challenge
  1. Meegan Makes shows us how to make gorgeous cement block planters.
  2. A rustic little sailboat with an avocado twist by yours truly 😉
  3. Raggedy Bits created a clutch of faux concrete eggs. I love the nest idea.
  4. An ingenious concrete air planter from Birdz of a Feather.
  5. A really clever way to make a zen-styled garden orb from Unique Creations by Anita.
  6. And last, but not least a moss encrusted concrete planter from Interior Frugalista.

Oh and if you’re looking for some of the things we used, we’ve got you covered Disclosure: Clicking on the links below, means we may receive a commission from Amazon. But don’t worry it won’t come out of your pocket, and it helps us come up with more amazing craft ideas to share with you 😉

Frame USA World Map Antique Poster (Unframed)(36x24)
Local Avocado 6-Pack
Sale AMACO Pottery Plaster, 50 lbs.

And if you prefer to buy rather than DIY then perhaps you’ll enjoy these.

SAILINGSTORY Wooden Sailboat Decor Sailboat Model Ship America's Cup Columbia 1901 Large
Distinctive Designs Brown and Galvanized Metal Art Sailboat Wall Sculpture
Dicksons Dad Proverbs 20:7 Metal 10.5 inch Table Top Figurine Decoration

And as always, wishing you a wonderful, crafty week filled with lots of love. Thank you for popping in for a visit. Stay Safe.

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