6 Clever Nautical Decor Ideas That Will Amaze You

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Last Updated on August 24, 2020 by Katherine

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There is a lot more to nautical decor than just slapping up a few anchors on your walls and trying to come up with 101 ways to use a boat cleat (Check out Pinterest, there’s loads of decor uses for those!). If you like boating, sailing, or even just like the anchors’ look, nautical decor might just be your next new decor fad to follow.

I live in Summerland, British Columbia, Canada, which for those who don’t know or don’t want to google map it, I’m right on the shores of Okanagan Lake. I don’t own a boat myself, but my father does, so that’s close enough for me, and I love spending lazy summer afternoons on the boat.

Incorporating some compasses, anchors, and other boat-inspired items into your home can be a great way to remember those summer days even after the snow has started to fly. In this post, I’m going to share with you my favorite ideas to do that! Let’s get started!

A Compass To Point You Home

A custom sign in navy with a nautical compass can be just the ticket!
A compass and words in navy can be a perfect addition!

I love those decorative and kitschy signs you can find in most home decor stores. The best part is you can make your own for way cheaper! 

You can find numerous types of blank signs in most craft stores or even Walmart! You can also skip a few steps, buy a prepped sign, or stain your own. Check out my earlier post on how I stained and made a custom sign!

I recommend using a rich navy blue to paint your letters and even add a fun nautical compass design. You can find online examples of the compass to free-hand it or find a stencil.

Anchors Away!

An anchor is a perfect element of nautical decor!
Anchors make wonderful pieces of nautical decor! My favorite is making a wreath.

It’s pretty hard to completely drift away from anchors in your decor when you’re going nautical, but I saw an idea to create a wreath out of an anchor, and I think that’s a brilliant idea!

Whether you find a metal one or wooden one, adding in beautiful coastal flowers, seaweed, and even shells will make a lovely addition to your front door.

Use Your Maps

A map can make a beautiful piece of decor in your home!
Maps make for great pieces of decor.

I love this idea that I found from Ideas For The Home by Kenarry. Check out her post to snag the full details, and there are so many options for you related to this craft. You could throw the nautical map on just about anything and mod podge it on (that’s the beauty of mod podge!).

A Wheelie Cool Mirror

I’ve seen these pop up on Pinterest, instead of a standard rectangular or circular frame, you can set a mirror in a cool nautical wheel frame. If you’re clever, you can likely source a picture frame that suits you, and then you just need to find a mirror to fit the frame!

Alternatively, you can use hot glue and fix some weathered rope around an existing mirror frame for a quick and easy update!

Nautical Mason Jars

I have lost track of the number of previous posts I’ve done about mason jars. They are my favorite craft medium because they are just so versatile.

You can paint them with craft paint. You can pick solid colors, or mix it up with a white and navy striped pattern!

Rope Anchor Art

Weathered rope can create a beautiful piece for your home!
Rope is a great crafting medium when it comes to nautical decor!

This idea from Polished Habitat is brilliant. With a little rope and hot glue, you can gradually create a beautiful rope anchor on a DIY wooden surface. Like my sign idea above, though, I love the rope idea and the idea of painting the wood a deep blue!

Final Thoughts

So if you find the sea calling you regularly, you might feel right at home in a room that is decorated nautically. A few key pieces here and there are all you need, but if you want to go further, you certainly can source things like a dark blue couch or cushions that have lighthouses and anchors on them.

However, sometimes a simple piece here and there is best, and if you’re nodding your head, any of the six crafts I’ve shared above will work perfectly for you. Or heck, try all six!

I hope you enjoyed this week’s blog post, and if you did, I’d love to hear from you. Feel free to share your favorite nautical decor craft in the comments down below or just say hey! Also, please share this post to social media using one of the share buttons or pin it to Pinterest!

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That is all for this week, in next week’s post, I am going to share my favorite fall pie recipe with you! Until then, stay crafty my friends!

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