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Nautical Decor DIY Ideas

Nautical Decor DIY Ideas

Beach houses and nautical decorations go together perfectly, if ever there is one. The colors of the ocean and sand are in tune with summer vacations, and the little details inspire you to dream, sail away, or fly to distant and exotic locations.

Nautical conversions are very trendy, especially in summer, so it can easily be expensive to give your home a renovation inspired by the sea. If you hire someone to restore your home, you may get a result that doesn't really fit your style and lacks personality.

Fortunately, nautically inspired decorations are not hard to come by. Better yet, you can easily create and customize them yourself, so you can save money and add a personal touch to the decor.

This article is meant to inspire you and show you how to make your own nautical decorations on a tight budget. Check out these DIY nautical decorating ideas to upgrade your beach house.

Make a Capiz Shell chandelier without breaking the bank

A collection of framed starfish, sand dollars, shells and sea fans for nautical wall art.

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A collection of framed starfish, sand dollars, shells and sea fans for nautical wall art

A collection of framed starfish, sand dollars, shells and sea fans for nautical wall art.

This beautiful wall art is very nautical, yet elegant, since all frames are identical and painted white, so you can only see the three-dimensional outline of the objects inside. You can make them with things you find on the beach, or buy replicas for the project. about source

DIY ocean art canvas

DIY ocean art canvas.

As easy as cutting a beach painting into three equal parts and hanging it, leaving an even distance between them, it looks particularly good because it draws the colors from the cushions of the sofa. about beachblissliving

DIY shell mirror

DIY shell mirror.

This gorgeous mirror is relatively simple and affordable to make, but it requires some work as you need a simple mirror and need to glue dozens of shells around its perimeter to get a similar effect. about nourish and nest

Dollar store candle vases

Dollar store candle vases.

These vases are very easy to make and accessible to everyone. All you need are simple glass containers, a kind of material in sea colors, candles and other decorations. Wrap the material on the outside of the jar to change its appearance, then fill it with stones and your candle and it's ready to use. about creativespiredyou

View of shells, starfish and corals in a large shell

View of shells, starfish and corals in a large shell.

It's a fantastic way to showcase your beach finds and give your home the nautical feel. All you need is a large – real or fake – shell to put down and display. about starfishcottageblog

DIY Distressed Nautical Crate Tutorial

DIY Distressed Nautical Crate Tutorial.

Make this simple cute sea chest and add some nautical vibrations to a room! All you need is a box and blue color. After painting the anchor or a similar design, you can make it look desperate, which enhances its beauty, and then use it for storage and use
Decoration. Get the tutorial over thegirlcreative

Shell holder made of shell and sand wine glass

Shell holder made of shell and sand wine glass.

These candle holders are beautiful and can be made at home at a fraction of their retail cost. All you need are large, tall glasses, blue sand and shells to fill in the “sand ball” part, and string to wrap around the base, neck and rim. about etsy

DIY rustic nautical wall hanging

DIY rustic nautical wall hanging.

Mixing the rustic and nautical styles is a great idea as they are often separated by a thin line. Here distressed wooden boards were partially covered with smooth paint and serve as the basis for industrial-style hooks with which glasses with small shells and sea stones are to be hung. about Mountain modern

DIY Easy Peasy Shell Art

DIY Easy Peasy Shell Art.

This project is really easy to complete, since all you have to do is paint bright blue wooden squares or boxes and glue shells or starfish directly in the middle before placing them on tables or hanging on the walls. about thepartyteacher

Vintage rudder turned nautical headboard

Vintage rudder turned nautical headboard.

This nautical decoration project takes the theme to the next level, as the headboard is literally made up of different vintage oars to create a visually appealing, dimensional piece that is truly unique. about beeskneesbungalow

DIY tile table with glass gemstones

DIY tile table with glass gemstones.

Turn a boring old side table into something beautiful and seemingly expensive with a pack of glass gems or stones in the dollar store. about Rosyscription

Fishnet wrapped mason blue mason jar

Fishnet wrapped mason blue mason jar.

This small mason jar gives your room a maritime charm as it has been painted blue and wrapped in a thread net that looks like a fishnet. You can use it for decoration, cosmetics or even kitchen utensils. about it started with color

DIY old wood mirror

DIY old wood mirror.

This mirror looks just like the sun with its braided decoration and the various neutral wood remnants that adorn its edge. about Lovelyetc

DIY Shabby Beach Cottage framed shells

DIY Shabby Beach Cottage framed shells.

This art looks really fun and original as it is made from newly painted wooden frames with no straps. The bowls are glued to the glass to achieve a dimensional end result. about trash2treasure

Starfish anchor wall art

Starfish anchor wall art.

The wall art is also very beautiful, as several small starfish were glued into a simple, ombre hollow frame to create an anchor design that really stands out from the bright ocean blue stripes on the wall. via obxtradingroup

Under $ 12 DIY nautical spool side table

Under $ 12 DIY nautical spool side table.

How beautiful is this wooden reel makeover with color and rope that gives it the nautical atmosphere that looks perfect in a living room in the beach house or even on a terrace. Get the tutorial via via Easiest

DIY large green glass buoys

DIY large green glass buoys.

These green buoys are really easy to make because all you have to do is apply a sheer layer of paint and then weave a string over them to achieve the net effect. about Craftberrybush

DIY driftwood candle holder

DIY driftwood candle holder.

This is one of those really simple yet effective projects that look really cool. All you need is a piece of driftwood, in which you can then drill and carve holes. Place the piece where you want it and add the candles to complete your unique decoration. about kimpowerstyle

DIY Coastal bathroom shelf

DIY Coastal bathroom shelf.

This shelf is completely nautical, from its own surface to the starfish hanging on the wall above it. The starfish on the shelf itself could be carved, but the same effect can be achieved by gluing the parts together and then painting them over to hide the seams and make everything look like one piece. about thefancyshack

DIY seashell succulent planter

DIY seashell succulent planter.

This planter is the perfect way to bring the nautical style to your garden area. It is very easy to make because only shells have to be glued around a traditional clay planter so that its surface is completely covered. Get the tutorial over Billabong

Shell display

Shell display.

This display consists of several frames that have been redesigned and glued together to create the perfect background for all the beautiful shells on which they are to be displayed. about bellanest

Beach theme sea glass mason jars

Beach theme sea glass mason jars.

Bring the nautical mood to your room with this mason jar, which was completely filled with blue washed pieces of sea glass. about apumpkinandaprincess

DIY ombre wine cork monogram letter

DIY ombre wine cork monogram letter.

This decorative monogram letter has a very subtle nautical feel as it is covered with wine corks that have been painted to create an ombre effect that changes from a sandy color to a light turquoise hue. about Natashalh

DIY nautical wreath with cupcake liner and shells

DIY nautical wreath with cupcake liner and shells.

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Recycled frosted sea glass beach glasses

Recycled frosted sea glass beach glasses.

A little color can work wonders, as you can see in this example where ordinary mason jars have been turned into artificial sea glass pieces. Nautical rope and shiny ribbon complete this unique project. about Natashalh

Nautical candle light lanterns

Nautical candle light lanterns.

Making these nautical lanterns is really easy. All you need is a tall glass, sand and pebbles for the floor and a thick rope to hang up. Add your candle and you're done. about between breaks

DIY rope wrapped candle holder

DIY rope wrapped candle holder.

It's not much easier than making this candle holder when it comes to nautical DIY projects. Wrap a rope around the base of a jar and end it with a clam or starfish to achieve a similar effect. about stonegableblog

DIY ombre wood shim sign

DIY ombre wood shim sign.

Give every room a beach feeling in a cute and modern way with the shim symbol. All you have to do is build the actual sign with wooden disks in different shades of blue, add your quote and then hang up the finished piece. about thehappierhomemaker

Decorative mosaic tray

Decorative mosaic tray.

This beautiful, sea-inspired decorative tray is a great example of how you can reuse tiles, broken glass, or porcelain, as green and blue tiles were used to create the beautiful ocean mosaic. about Realitydaydream

DIY Starfish Shadow Box

DIY Starfish Shadow Box.

This simple but beautiful shadow box was made from a light beige frame in which several starfish were glued, which were painted in different shades of blue. In combination, the two elements are really reminiscent of the beach. about Catalog life

DIY knotted jute mesh bottles

DIY knotted jute mesh bottles.

These bottles will delight guests at your summer grill table and are not difficult to manufacture at all. They are put together with a thin rope that is knotted all over the surface to create the mesh pattern, and then wrapped tightly around the bottle neck for an elegant finish. about Cameo theme designs

DIY Shell Topped Bottles

DIY Shell Topped Bottles.

This is another example of nautically inspired bottles. These were painted milky white and covered with twine around the neck and shells where the cork should be. about Sandandsisal

Viewing beach finds with regular lanterns

Viewing beach finds with regular lanterns.

Here's a great way to view your unique beach finds. Take simple, vintage-style lanterns and put your treasures inside so they can hang on the wall, maybe even lit. about boxerscleatsandme

Beach theme over the bed decoration with starfish and fairy lights

Beach theme over the bed decoration with starfish and fairy lights.

Bring the beach feeling right into your bed by displaying shells and starfish on a floating shelf above the headboard. Add some fairy lights to the area to make your beach treasures glow. about beachblissliving

DIY rustic look beach house decor

DIY rustic look beach house decor.

This beach house decoration looks vintage and rustic with its wooden sign, the boat wheels, the frame and the small shabby-chic lantern, which almost resembles a lighthouse. about source

DIY round driftwood mirror

DIY round driftwood mirror.

It's another sun-inspired DIY mirror project where small driftwood poles were glued unevenly along the round perimeter to create something that resembled sun rays. about Sustainmycrafthabit

Nautical knot curtain tieback

Nautical knot curtain tieback.

Blue, ropes and knots are typically nautical. Combine all three to create a curtain tieback that gives every room the nautical feel without going over it. about etsy

DIY Coastal Starburst Mirror

DIY Coastal Starburst Mirror.

This starburst mirror is fairly easy to make because thin, painted wooden strips are glued in layers around its round perimeter to create the dimensional piece. about sgtpepperskitchen

Enamel painted vases

Enamel painted vases.

Add a beautiful shade of blue to any neutral decoration with these painted enamel vases that can be used for a variety of purposes. about Zuckerandcharm

DIY Nautical Rope towel rail

DIY Nautical Rope towel rail.

Nautical decoration has never been easier with this towel holder. Simply attach a piece of rope with knots at the ends to the wall and then hang your towels on it. about h2obungalow

DIY Old Shutter bedside table for a beach bedroom

DIY Old Shutter bedside table for a beach bedroom.

This is a brilliant idea with a wonderful end result. Take a couple of old shutters, repaint them and add a table top in between to bring a seaside atmosphere to your room with this bedside table. about Theraggedwren

Shell jewelry bowls & glass button base

Shell jewelry bowls & glass button base.

These stunning jewelry display holders are made from large shells that are partially painted and supported on vintage glass door knobs for height and additional details. about Dandelion patina

DIY Nautical Decor Shadowbox

DIY Nautical Decor Shadowbox.

This shadow box was made from four different frames in similar styles, which were then decorated inside and out with colorful shells and other frills. about Darice

Beachy Wall Craft

Beachy Wall Craft.

These wall works are fairly simple, but they make a big impact. All you need is long pieces of wood decorated with starfish and shells to bring the ocean inside.

Rope sea wreath

Rope sea wreath.

This wreath is exactly what it looks like – a wreath base with a rope that is tightly wrapped around the entire surface. An anchor and some starfish complete the piece nautically. about Howtonestforless

Nautical fishnet vase

Nautical fishnet vase.

This vase is another fishnet project because the white container is covered with a thin woven net that is decorated with pebbles where the thread meets. about Songbird blog

Strand rope sign

Strand rope sign.

This sign is really nice since the word was written with a rope over an ocean canvas. About echeloninteriors

DIY Mounted Starfish

DIY Mounted Starfish.

This is one of the more elegant projects, as a glittering starfish has been mounted on a dark, slightly desperate custom base so it can stand on the table or shelf. about while carrying wheels

Nautical bathroom shelf with anchor bookends

Nautical bathroom shelf with anchor bookends.

This bathroom shelf is all nautical, cute and unexpected because anchors have been attached to the bookends. A rope shield and a supported goldfish were placed on top to complete the topic. about terrible housewife

Beachy Pallet and Starfish Wall Craft

Beachy Pallet and Starfish Wall Craft.

This cool beach wall art features distressed dark pallet wood adorned with three-dimensional starfish. about craftsbycourtney

Thrifted Vase Turned Nautical Lamp

Thrifted Vase Turned Nautical Lamp.

The vase became a beautiful nautical lamp with a fishnet on the outside, the electrical structure on the inside and a traditional lamp cover. about mom4real

Upcycled oar hanger

Upcycled oar hanger.

These oars have been beautifully upcycled as hangers with metal hardware hooks and really bring a nautical theme into the home. about cynthia weaver

DIY decorative fishnet

DIY decorative fishnet.

This beach picture frame has been upgraded with a funny hanging sign, a decorative yarn net and some starfish, which bring the pictures to life in a unique way. about it started with color

Driftwood with nautical templates

Driftwood with nautical templates.

Stencils are always a fantastic way to add details to any surface, as you can see here. By adding white nautical designs, a piece of driftwood became real art. about Cutting of stencils

DIY barn wood necklace holder

DIY barn wood necklace holder.

This necklace hanger is really beautiful because it consists of an authentic barn wood board and mismatched decorative buttons that give it the delicate feeling of the sea. about theprojectpile

DIY seashell art

DIY seashell art.

All you have to do to replicate this shell art is to take an old photo frame and glue different sized shells onto the carrier. Put everything back together and it will appear. about housebyhoff

DIY shell plank

DIY shell plank.

Another piece of shell art. This is a long wooden plank that was adorned with a perfect row of identical shells along its surface before being displayed along with some flower pots and other decorations. about housebyhoff

DIY ombre painted beach vase

DIY ombre painted beach vase.

This vase looks exactly like the beach as it was painted in an ombre style with glittering blue and gold and then finished off with a soft ribbon and a starfish on the side. about Natashalh

DIY Summer Beach Shadow Box

DIY Summer Beach Shadow Box.

This wooden shadow box is really beautiful because the inside has been painted in ombre turquoise and beige and then decorated with a starfish and glasses of marine treasures. The fishnet hanging above is a fantastic ending. about Natashalh

Upcycled vase made of painted glass

Upcycled vase made of painted glass.

This bottle was recycled as a beautiful vase after being painted in a milky white shade and decorated with rope accents and a starfish. about Natashalh

DIY painted mermaid vase (with pattern!)

DIY painted mermaid vase (with pattern!).

This vase turned into a mermaid because it was painted blue and then a green tail was drawn over it. The piece gives your nautical decoration a really bizarre feeling and is also ideal for children's rooms. about Natashalh

DIY mermaid scale frame

DIY mermaid scale frame.

It's another fantastic, quirky project that's great especially for kids, as this frame has created a turquoise and white scale pattern that evokes visions of the sea and beautiful mermaids. about Natashalh

DIY sea donor

DIY sea donor.

This soap dispenser consists of a mason jar that was covered with a fishnet and a shell. A pump was also added to actually make this decoration work. about oneartsymama

Nautical rope carpet

Nautical rope carpet.

As you can see, the rug is made of woven rope and is really cool, but the project requires some patience and skill. If you already have this, this piece should be right in your alley. about marthastewart

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