DIY Sailboat Decor

January 11, 2016Kelly Baum

What better way to start a Monday than with a beautiful nautical-inspired DIY? I love nautical decor and I came across a few rolls of beautiful elegant paper for under $5 and I thought that I simply had to create a DIY with it! This is such a simple and gorgeous DIY to create that I highly recommend giving the wood creations section at JoAnn Fabrics a look to see what else you could decoupage into a beautiful mantle piece.

//How to DIY sailboat decor

DIY Sailboat Decor

  1. Selection of scrapbooking paper. I found these three rolls in a pack for $4.99 at Target
  2. Tacky Glue or Modge Podge
  3. Wooden sailboat cutout (like this one)
  4. Decorations such as glitter, pearls, crystals, flowers, etc.
  5. Foam paint brushes for smoothing the glue


DIY Sailboat Decor

Step 1.
Trace your sailboat on the paper and cut it as closely to size as you can. You can cover the whole piece on one pattern or break it up as I did.

Step 2.
Working quickly, smooth the glue in a thin even layer onto the wood and then drop the paper on over top. Be sure to smooth the glue with a foam brush because this prevents the paper from drying wrinkly.

DIY Sailboat Decor
Step 4.
Start applying your accoutrements – I chose glitter and pearls for this one! I’ve tried to apply pearls to wood with hot glue before and it didn’t work out so well so I recommend using something like tacky glue-it holds them a lot better!


DIY Sailboat Decor

DIY Sailboat Decor
And voila! Gorgeous and easy sailboat decor in under 30 minutes! And if you can’t find a sailboat shape just like this, talk to the wood department at your local Home Depot or Lowe’s and they should be able to help you out!


Thanks for reading,

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    January 14, 2016 at 10:21 am

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    January 12, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    I am a huge nautical theme person, this is so wonderful. Thank you for the idea!

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    I know my son would be absolutely delighted to do this project. I guess we need to go to Jo-ann store now!

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    January 12, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    I love it. I think its super adorable. I love anything wood.

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    January 12, 2016 at 10:27 am

    Absolutely adorable! I would love to make a whale using this technique

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    January 12, 2016 at 9:56 am

    I absolutely love that! It’s so simple and pretty! Perfect for my living room too!

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    January 11, 2016 at 10:00 pm

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    January 11, 2016 at 11:03 am

    So cute! My house has sailor decor .. not too much, but it’s definitely a sailing house hold as my husband is a competitive sailor 🙂


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    January 11, 2016 at 10:55 am

    This is adorable what gorgeous decor you have! I love the nautical theme it is pretty cool.

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    January 11, 2016 at 10:30 am

    So pretty, I especially love the pearls. Thanks for sharing.

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    January 11, 2016 at 7:39 am

    That is too cute. I love how it came out and since I live near the beach, this would be perfect for my house.

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