A nautical theme is both appropriate and classic when used to enhance your cottage’s style factor—and it’s not hard to create. Next time it’s raining and you’re stuck staring listlessly out the cottage window, desperately wishing you had something fun to do, try out one of these super easy water-themed DIYs. They’re all cheap, fun, and best of all—they look great!
Fishing net candleholders
This is a very flexible project: you can paint the jars first, buy pre-coloured jars or just use whatever you have in the recycling bin. If you’re feeling extra crafty, you can dye the string and netting first. These holders work inside and out, and aren’t just for candles: fill them with flowers, seashells or anything else you want to display.
Easy rope handles
The simplicity of this project is enough to turn even the least crafty person into a DIY enthusiast. All you need to do is remove your current handles and replace them with the rope of your choice.
For this project you can upcycle a vintage tray or just add a touch of nautical charm to a cheap one from Ikea. All you need to do is apply a coat of white paint, and then use a stencil (or sketching talent), to add the anchor. You can use it on the couch, in the bedroom, on the dock or even to carry an impromptu picnic.
This frame is so bohemian-cool, you may end up bringing it home at the end of the summer. It’s also a great long-term project to do with the kids. Each of you can collect small pieces of driftwood or twigs until you have enough for the frame. It’s perfect for a mirror, but would also make a great picture frame.
Rustic rope wastebasket
Garbage bins and storage boxes get some rustic charm with this rope DIY. For this project, all you need is some rope or twine, a hot glue gun, and a little patience.
Braided rope throw rug
Use this pattern to create large throw rugs, small doormats or even table-sized placemats. Choosing white rope creates a fresh, clean look, but adding a few strips of blue would create the perfect nautical effect. If you’re concerned about sand, go with a plain, uncoloured rope.
Driftwood wall art
This is where you cross the line from crafter to artist. Use a piece of driftwood, leftover floorboards or old dock planks to create a lake-inspired masterpiece. If you’re feeling especially creative, you can alternate the blues and greens for pinks and oranges to create a beautiful sunset.
Another versatile piece, this one is great for getting the whole family involved. Go on a scavenger hunt to see who can find the most beautiful stones. Then decide what you need most: a doormat, a bathmat or placemats.
Rope towel holder
You can adapt this craft to hang toilet paper, laundry or even a string of photographs. This craft is also the perfect excuse to practice your fancy sailing knots—the more complicated the knot, the better it looks.