This year I’ve really been trying to reuse, reduce and recycle my home decor in an effort to be kinder to our planet. With Earth Day around the corner and the whole mess with being quarantined, I thought it would be a good idea to share some DIYs with items I already have laying around the house. Rope is the one thing I seem to always have since I heavily gravitate towards nautical decor! Two of my DIYs even use the same batch of rope but in two completely different ways. Check ’em out:
Is my dream home a houseboat? I think it just might be! As it combines my love of tiny houses and water. What more could a girl ask for? I think my favorite thing about houseboats is that there’s no lack of view. You can literally be surrounded by your favorite view all the time. Even on a stormy day, I’d rather stare at the ocean than a sunny forest but that might just be me. Take the tour of this beautiful houseboat located in Victoria, Australia.
I can’t get enough of those views!
Loving this little reading nook!
eyeing that duvet!
I think it’s especially important when you have a small bathroom to keep things simple and to a minimum.
With Easter on its way, I wanted to share some of these fun beachy Easter egg ideas I’ve been seeing around the webs. I think my favorite is the mermaid one!! It’s seriously the cutest Easter egg I’ve ever seen!! Check out what I’m talking about:
These pineapple easter eggs use faux easter eggs instead of the real ones, which I like because then you can reuse them every year! Click any pic to get the dots
These ones remind me of the ocean
Isn’t she cute?!!
These would fit right in with my turquoise home
For those of you taking on a more tropical theme for Easter!
I like the idea of setting up a cute beach-scape with my Easter eggs
Going GA-GA! over this nautical beach house designed by Amanda Webster!! Wait till you see the mermaid-licious tiles that are throughout the home. Oh yeah and the views aren’t too shabby either. Wait till you see:
How’s that backsplash? Wait till you check out the bathrooms!
I love the simple idea of lining the staircase with seashells!
I too share an obsession with blue glass bottles
A shower fit for mermaids
photos by Jessie Preza
I don’t know if it’s because it’s the beginning of December or just that time of year but over the past weekend I dove deep into the holiday spirit! Which is why today I’m sharing these fun holiday inspired DIYs for a coastal Christmas. Driftwood and seashell collectors, this is your moment to dig deep into your stash of seaside treasures, grab the hot glue gun and get to work on crafting up a coastal Christmas!
DIY pasta wreath – looks like little starfish!
DIY Glass Float Ornament
DIY Driftwood Sailboat Ornament – this one is so sweet!
DIY Starfish + Driftwood napkin rings
DIY Driftwood Wreath – I feel like this would be good all year round, just change up some of the decoration on it
DIY Driftwood Chandelier – this is another one that I think would be good all year round, give me driftwood everything please!
DIY Sea Urchin Snow Cone Ornaments
Click pics to see tutorials!
If you have a coastal lover in your life and you’re looking for gift ideas for her, well look no further! My coastal gift guide is here to help you with your holiday shopping and all gifts are under $50!! Take a peek:
- sand dollar stud earrings
- beach house happy book
- sea turtle iPhone case
- coral branch decor
- face mask
- montauk candle
- sea turtle necklace
- seashell pouch
- beach puzzle
- sea salt caramels
I’m eating up all this nautical style for Fall! I can’t wait to wrap myself up in some thick cozy sweaters, and stripes, lots and lots of stripes (yay!). Although who are we kidding? I wrap myself in stripes all year round. There is more than just stripes that I’m loving about this nautical style look book. For instance, wearing a sweater with bikini bottoms! I don’t know why but I think this looks super cute!! Check it out:
Do you see what I’m talking about? Super cute!!
I’m excited to share my latest DIY with you! This DIY is for a nautical rope tray which gives that perfect coastal vibe to an entryway or coffee table. I used mine on my entryway table and I love it! Not only does it help brighten up the small space but it always creates a stylish vignette with pieces I already had grouped together. I used the same rope from my other DIY, DIY Coastal Rope Planter. I had a bunch of rope left over from that project and still have some more even after making this rope tray. Not sure what else I can do with it, but I’m sure I’ll come up with something. Check out the step by step to create your own nautical rope tray for your space:
DIY Nautical Rope Tray
- liquid stitch
- something to protect your counter or table
*Note for size reference: The first bend you make and how many times you go around that bend with rope will determine the overall size of your finished tray. I made a bend at about 1.5″ and my overall tray size was 8.5″ x 7.25″.
Step 1: Make the first bend of your rope and glue together using a line of liquid stitch. You’ll want to tie a piece of thread around the bended portion (see below) to help hold it in place while the glue dries. *Note: Make sure you don’t get any glue on the thread, this will let you cut the thread and pull it out once you’ve finished your tray. **Also note that you will not need to keep tying thread around every bend just one or two in the beginning.
Tying a piece of thread around your first bend after placing a line of liquid stitch will help hold it together while you work on your piece.
Step 2: Continue adding a line of liquid stitch as you move your way around. I only needed to tie one more piece of thread and the rest of the tray held together pretty well, even while I was still working on it. Keep going around till you get to the size that you would like.
This is what my tray looked like finished while drying. You can see the two pieces of thread tied in the middle. Once the tray was fully dried, I cut them and pulled them out from between the rope.
Step 3: (Optional) I added a short wall around my tray to give it more of a tray like feel and less of a large coaster vibe. This step is optional and if you don’t want to add a wall then your tray is done. If you would like to add a wall, simple start putting the liquid stitch on top of the rope and stacking it. Very gently press down on the stacked pieces of rope as you go around to ensure connection. This way you won’t have any gaps in your wall once the glue dries.
A closeup of my finished rope tray.
Step 4: Once you’ve reached the wall height you would like, cut the rope and voila! your tray is finished! Let dry for a full 24 hours or per instructions on your liquid stitch, before placing objects in the tray or placing the tray on a table.