Have you always wanted a realistic nautical theme in your bathroom or a wall hanging in the living room or perhaps bedroom? My entire home is decorated with a nautical feel, yes even my hallways. I did it at minimal expense. Most of the supplies can be purchased at any craft store like Michael’s or Hobby Lobby or a mom-and-pop shop. However, if you live in or visit any seaside town than you will be able to find a lot of my decorating ideas free.
You will need:
1-4’x5′ fish net (they come in brown, black or white)
1-spool of fishing line
1-package of fish hooks (variety pack works best with small to medium hooks)
1-clear shower curtain
4 or 5-small shell necklaces
1-1/8 inch drill bit (any other size of drill bits may cause the shell to break into two or more pieces or crack. I found this out through trial and error and lost several of my favorite shells)
Assorted shells-any size, any kind will do
I recommend a clear shower curtain for effect. I began using clear while living in the Snake River Canyon so I could still see the beautiful surroundings even while in the shower. For the shower curtain hangers I do spend a bit more because I want a nautical appearance and you can find these at Wal-Mart for around $6.00 to $10.00 depending on if it’s on clearance. Always check the clearance aisle. The large plastic hangers obstruct the net and necklaces.
After you hang your new shower curtain, stretch the net out and hang it behind the curtain hooks. Don’t be neat about it either, have it hang down unevenly. Then place your necklaces behind the hooks also. I keep the end hooks free, begin with the third hook and every other one after that and if that doesn’t look right than just make sure they are spread out evenly.
First hold your shells up to the net to make you want that particular one hanging from the net, once you have all the shells picked out then grab your drill. You will want to go down about half an inch to inch from the edge of the shell and slowly drill your hole. (Set the speed of the drill to low that way when you pull the trigger you won’t scare yourself. I’ve done that thinking the drill was already set on low speed).
Once all your shells are drilled, cut off different lengths of fishing line, feed the line through the hole, and tie it into several knots. The other end of the line you will tie the fishing hook. When you’re done with all the shells then hang them on your net anywhere and sporadically. Don’t hang them to close to the edge of the curtain. My husband has been hit in the head several times by my biggest shell and it’s a honker and going by his swearing well lets just say it doesn’t feel good.
And you are done. I also hang driftwood from my curtain, but it has to have a unique shape and color to it. There’s no drilling involved with the driftwood since it is so light. All you need to do is tie the line around the smallest end or both ends with fishing hooks and hang.
On my bathroom wall I bought a crab trap for $3.00 at a souvenir shop in North Carolina and found an unoccupied crab shell on Agate Beach in Newport, Oregon. Warm up your hot glue gun and dab a few drops of glue onto the belly side of the shell or the edges and hold against the netting for about 15 seconds. You have an authentic crab in a trap on your wall. You can buy a plastic crab at any craft store for about $2.00 to $3.00
For my living room, I used a mirror off my son’s old dresser. I didn’t want to throw it out and thought it would make a good hall mirror although it was plain. So I went to Michael’s bought a dark brown fish net to stand out against the stark white backdrop, hung it over the two corners unevenly and then got my trusty hot glue gun out, glued the corners on the backside of the mirror. I also found a good deal on a bag of starfish. You can find them in all colors, but I wanted the contrast of white to go with the mirror and set to placing the starfish sporadically on the net. I used my sand dollars I found on Westport Beach in Westport, Washington and a piece of driftwood I found on the beach of Lake Michigan with a few special shells I purchased in Florida and nautical magnets I bought in Newport, Oregon. I have one special dried flower my grandson’s gave to me tucked in the netting safely. Instead of being hall mirror it now hangs in my living room.
Another way to display family photos is on a huge fishing net.
What you’ll need;
5’x8′ fish net
If you have a lot of small picture frames this net is a good place to get them off a mantel, bookshelves or perhaps a dresser. I bought the net in Newport from an old fisherman so it still had the smell of fish, but I didn’t mind. You can buy a big net at basically any nautical shop or craft store if you don’t want one as big and without the authentic scent. I chose a black net for this project.
The push pins will hold the net up. You have to remember though not to hang anything too heavy on the net if you’re going to use the push pins or screws will work if you have an item which will pull the pins out of the wall.
Place your frames through the netting. They will stay in place without gluing. To cover the push pins I hung glass balls from them sticking with my theme and glued shells, unframed photos and magnets on the netting. Be sure not to glue on the wall. I’ve peeled more paint off my walls than I cared to remember, although my husband reminds me enough as it is.
Total cost of supplies: $30.00