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diy nautical home decorations

The nautical style is a beach and coastal classic that never goes out of style. If you want to decorate your seaside or beach house, if you want to give your usual home a beach feel, there is nothing like nautical details. Today I’m sharing a number of DIY nautical decorations that you can quickly make for a coastal feel. Get inspired!


Textiles are among the best ideas for freshening up home decor because they are inexpensive and can be easily added or removed. That’s why we start with pillows, and the first project is about a cute sea pillow with a large white felt fish on a navy background – a perfect seascape, as navy + white is a classic sea combination. The idea is to make a pillowcase in navy blue and add a whitefish applique. Read the tutorial to make one.

Denim is always on trend and you can complement classic nautical combos like navy / blue + white. This is a tutorial on upcycling and sewing pillows with upcycled denim and other fabrics. The cool thing about these pillows is the different stripes here and there for an inappropriate and bold look. Let yourself be inspired!

This bold and contrasting anchor pillow made of striped and polka dot fabric in navy, white and gold. Such a bright and moody shaped pillow is ideal for a nautical inspired guest room or family room – add some decorative seashells, some wood paneling and a coastal room is ready.

Make a bold pillow with anchors and a touch of love – a little red heart on it! Make a marine pillow, then stencil it with anchors and a heart – the tutorial has detailed instructions on how to make a stencil and apply it to your pillow. Anchors are timeless, there is nothing more sea-like than that, let yourself be inspired!

This nautical pillow duo is a wonderful idea for a house on the coast! These are a turquoise whale pillow and a marine pillow with a large boat application. Read how to make a whale-shaped pillow and how to add appliqués to the second piece and amaze your home with it!

Coasters and trays

Jute or sisal rope is a very coastal idea, and when you use them for crafting your space will instantly be inspired by a beach. These cute coasters are made of jute rope and decorated with a touch of colorful yarn to make them more eye-catching. The craft is very simple and won’t take much time, enjoy your coasters!

These cool coasters are made of cork and come with various nautical images – a steering wheel, an anchor, and the like. The pictures are colored or cork-colored. It’s up to you whether you go all white for a bright look. Check out how to make common cork coasters bold and cool with stencils and paint.

This DIY is super easy and the result is a cool nautical tray with anchors. That’s magic! A common wooden round is transformed into a white painted tray with dark blue anchors and elegant vintage handles. You can opt for rope handles or change the colors – for example, add red for a nautical feel.

This rope gutter is a great idea for the nautical panacea. The do-it-yourselfer needs three things: rope, sewing machine and thread. Really that’s it! Honestly this is a really, really simple sewing project, anyone can do it, but it takes patience, a lot of patience.


This buoy garland can be used not only for the home but also for the decoration of events: it is the perfect accent for a dessert table, a fun setting for your ceremony or even a photo booth. The buoys are made of cardboard and painted in traditional nautical colors: coral, marine, white, although you can try your own combination.

This colorful buoy garland immediately gives any room a nautical charm and looks so cheerful! The buoy garland consists of foam balls that are painted in light colors and with a rope in between. The whole look is very nautical, hang it wherever you want or decorate your party with such details. This is a very easy and quick craft.

Make a garland or a door with hanging fish! This is a super easy craft if you already have a fish printed fabric – you can just darn the fish and that’s it. If you don’t have fabric printed with fish on hand, make some stencils to print on the fabric. Read the tutorial to find out how to do that, or how to stuff the fish you have and get inspiration!

Other ideas

These lights are ideal to give your room a nautical feel and cosiness at the same time. Take the glasses you like and add fishing net and rope to them. If the glass is plain, you can color it in yourself. See the tutorial for instructions. Add some decorative sand and a tealight, and voila!

Make a cool cotton rope basket that you can use to store different things in each room – such a cool nautical all-rounder! The project includes some instructions on how to weave and knot the rope to form a basket. Even a start can do this. Get inspired!

There are several animals traditionally associated with winter and Christmas, and a deer is number one among them. But if you want something non-traditional and something a little more quirky, consider penguins! This is a great idea that will delight both kids and adults, especially if there is no snow in your place and you want a snowy feel for this winter. Let's make some cute penguins!

Simple wooden doll pencils can be turned into pretty and cute penguins. All you need is some paint and fabric, and these penguins will make adorable toys or Christmas decorations, and you can use them as gift toppers too - get inspired!

This cutest penguin in a turtleneck and a hat is made of a sock! The whole toy is made without sewing, just glue, but you can sew it if you want. The sweater is decorated with colorful buttons and makes the penguin even cuter!

If you are comfortable with sewing, you can easily make these stuffed penguins. They are made of felt in suitable colors for a penguin and look pretty cute. These are ideal toys that your kids can play with whenever they want!

These little cuties are made of colorful foam and every child can create a personalized one using foam and a free template shown in the tutorial. These penguins will be cute Christmas decorations or just decorations, do some with your kids and enjoy!

How to crochet Make this project a reality with a crocheted penguin, it's pretty easy and the piece will be small and cute. It can be given as a toy for your children or used as an ornament.

This cute felt penguin ornament is easy to make even for those who can't sew - this tutorial is for beginners! It is an easy craft for Christmas and you can give it as a gift or hang it as an ornament.

These adorable arctic creatures will make your Christmas tree more unique. They are made from beads, felt and pine cones, yes, pine cones, which is quite unusual! These penguins appear to be carrying large snow-covered pine cones and are great for Christmas!

In this tutorial we will teach you how to make three different animals from pine cones, but of course we will look at the penguin. The penguin consists of a narrow pine cone, a pearl for the head and some colorful felt. The crafts are pretty simple and your kids can do it themselves.

Whether you are an adult who loves soft toys or you have kids who love them, this stuffed penguin is a lovely and fun idea. The craft involves some sewing but I'm sure you can handle this as all the instructions are given.

These brightly striped penguins are made of socks! You'll need to sew some pieces, add button eyes, bows, scarves, and other accessories depending on how you want the toys to look. Get inspired by the idea, and you might want to change the colors or accessories while doing handicrafts.

Fimo is an ideal material for making figures and is also great for penguins! This craft doesn't require a lot of instruction and you can easily make these penguins yourself and invite your children to make them with you. Get inspired!

These little penguins can be made from large beans or small white pebbles. All you need is a few marks to change them. Now that you've made the penguins, you can use them to make some fun games for kids - the tutorial has some ideas. Have fun!

About Warwick

Warwick Zach Godfrey is a farmer with a happy marriage. He also writes about plants on various blogs.

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