DIY Nautical Decor & Wall Art

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Anyone else loving all things nautical lately?

I don't think it's a secret that I am. Have you seem my Mini Seashell Specimen Art?

Lately, I've been itching to incorporate some nautical decor in our Master Bathroom. And what better time to get that itch than during Summer, right?

Well you know this girl. When she gets an itch, she scratches. Okay, that last sentence reads a lot more disturbing than I thought it would so let's just move on...

These DIY NAUTICAL WALL ART pieces are just what this bathroom needed and they were so easy to make. And not to mention, free. Holllaaaaa!!


It was an ordinary day, I hadn't "planned" on relieving that itch (oh look- more disturbing-ness), when I accidentally stumbled upon this easy craft.

I looked at some wall art that wasn't working anymore in our guest bathroom, took them down, went through my craft stash to find inspiration and found some fabulous white and blue striped craft paper and some left over white rope ribbon I had from another project (coming soon). 

Then I had a light bulb moment when I remembered that stunning anchor I could easily grab from PicMonkey to print and said, forget the guest bath, this is going in our master bath!! 

I'm selfless like that.


Materials needed to DIY some Nautical Wall Art:

  1. Frame
  2. Nautical inspired craft paper, fabric or wrapping paper (heck-you can even make your own!)
  3. Double sided tape or glue stick
  4. Glue gun with glue sticks
  5. Rope of some sort (I actually found mine in the form of ribbon at Hobby Lobby)
  6. A printable picture of an anchor or anything nautical 

*Here is the one I made on PicMonkey. Just click on the image to save to your computer, re-size if needed and print! You're welcome.

Or here is another gorgeous anchor  from  Make Life Lovely.

*Of course you will also need scissors, white printing paper and a printer!

I will be demonstrating the directions with the Anchor Wall Art.

How to DIY Nautical Wall Art


*Directions start from after you printed your anchor.

1.  Cut your nautical inspired craft paper to fit your frame and cut your anchor to fit in the middle of your craft paper. * My craft paper was cut to 8 X 10 and my anchor was cut to 7 X 4.5.

Optional: If your craft paper shows through your white paper you can double up the white paper like I did.

2. Using your glue stick, glue your anchor to your craft paper. * I used a glue stick for this instead of a double sided tape because it would allow me to re position the paper if needed. 

Optional: You can go ahead and measure to get the anchor centered just right but I just eyeballed surprise there.

3. Use your hot glue gun to glue your rope around your anchor.

4. Put your frame back together and enjoy finding your nautical wall art a home!

*Note: If you use a very thick rope you can always opt out of putting the glass back together on your frame. But if your wall art will be around water, I recommend you seal it with several layers of Mod Podge.

Here's a little trick I did for the ends of my rope...

When I cut it, it became disheveled so I just taped it very tightly with satin tape and cut off the excess tape!


I've gotta say, I impressed myself with this one guys. Especially since I worked with what I already had.


And look, you can barely tell where the taped off ends are!

Love. Love. Love. Did I mention I LOVE this simple nautical wall art?

Here's the other one I made on the night of the same day when I couldn't fall asleep because I happened to be adventurous and drink a glass of iced coffee (I'm a coffee wuss).

For this one I used fabric instead of craft paper and twine instead of rope. I don't think the fabric is very nautical-ish but the Octopus's definitely make the piece, don't you think?

You can find the printable for this octopus here.


I love when spontaneous creativity happens. The projects birthed from these moments are always my favorites!

So.... are you incorporating nautical decor into your home this Summer?

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