I know it’s already mid summer, but I’ve been really wanting to change out my front door decor and just haven’t had time. Well, I finally made time.
David and his family introduced me to sailing 4 years ago. Never had I been on a boat in my life (does a huge ferry count?) until then. I know, pathetic. But boy did they open a can, because now every summer I look forward to getting the wind in my hair and feeling the wet breeze on my face in my in-laws sailboat. If you’re curious about the beautiful sight that is sailing, pop over to my about me section and check out the first picture of the lake. A. maz. ing. Sadly, this summer we haven’t gone because Jade just isn’t big enough. So, to try and help my longing, I made this nautical knot door decor. I think it turned out so cute! And it’s easy, too!
Because David is such a sailor himself, he even put his two cents in and said I should use some kind of nautical knot to hang it with. He’s so smart! And because he’s so smart, he got to model just how to make a nautical figure 8 stopper knot. Such a supportive hubby! Ok, here’s what you need to make this cute door decor:
- Frame (Mine is 8×10 & from Goodwill)
- Blue and white spray paint
- Painter’s tape
- Twine and/or rope
- Hot glue gun
- Starfish/or other embellishment (starfish not pictured)
First, I spray painted the frame white. I decided I wanted navy blue and white stripes, so I used my painter’s tape to tape off stripes on the frame. Unfortunately, when I measured my frame, it was not an even number so I had to play around with the strips of tape to get it fairly evenly spaced. Also, my frame had some weird metal embellishments on the front that I didn’t want, so I used the back. But, this made it harder because I had to put the tape down in the little indented part, making the paint leak through a little. Normally my OCD self would have to fix this, but it’s really not super noticeable. You wouldn’t have that problem on most plain square frames if you use the front.
I spray painted the taped frame blue, and let it dry. I then cut out little triangles in burlap. I decided I wanted my little banners to say “Ahoy Sailors”, so I used a sharpie and wrote the letters. It really doesn’t matter if the triangles aren’t all exactly the same size. I like it better if they aren’t!
Next I hot glued each triangle down on some twine. After the glue dried, I hot glued the twine ends to the back of the frame.
Now I was ready to tie my knots for hanging, so this is where David came in. I had found some really great white and gold rope at Walmart for $1.87 a yard. We tied two nautical knots on either side of the top of the frame. David will show you how!
For picture purposes, we did not tie this knot below onto the frame. You will want to do this on the frame, as if the loop in the picture below was around the top of the frame.
First step is to make sure you have at least a yard and a half of rope (or twine, whatever you choose to use!). Start about a foot in from the end of the rope so you have enough slack. Then, take the end of the rope and overlap it over itself like shown below, around the top of the frame. .
Then take the rope and loop it back under itself like shown. (Side note, David wanted me to make sure you know these are NOT my hands, but his. He didn’t want you thinking I had man hands. He’s always looking out for me.)
Now take the top end and bring it down and around, and up through the knot (where the arrow is pointing), following the same figure 8 pattern, as shown below.
Once both knots are tied, just hot glue on a starfish or other nautical/sea related embellishment.
You’re done! Hang this pretty thing on your door, and be reminded of sailing on a beautiful lake.
The spray paint I already had on hand and it was glossy, meaning the frame is quite shiny. I’d recommend using a flat spray paint so it doesn’t reflect as bad.
Well, even though summer is half over, I can still enjoy this for another 2 months! Hope you have a fabulous Sunday!
Have you created any new summer door decor this year?
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