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Coastal Decor: DIY Display Stands Decorated With Nautical Rope

Putting together display stands is one of my favorite projects. For this DIY, I was thinking of coastal-style decor and was inspired by a length of white twisted cotton rope I found on a workshop shelf.

wood rounds for craft projects

Then I found these wood craft circles at a local vintage/thrift store for 50 cents each. I couldn’t pass them up.

unfinished wood candle holders

I already had these two wood candle holders.

cotton type nautical rope

Besides the white cotton rope, I had some brown twisted rope from Dollar Tree.

project pieces for coastal diy

I pulled several things from my junk-filled shelves to make the display stands.

how to make small display stands

I set the pieces together, getting a rough idea of which pieces worked best together.

Rustoleum satin heirloom white spray paint

Then I chose some of the items to spray paint and left the others as they were. The paint is my all-time favorite white/off-white paint….Rustoleum Satin Heirloom.

how to apply nautical rope to wood decor

If anyone has a great idea for keeping the cut ends of twisted rope from unraveling, I’m all ears. The ends were taped, so I decided that was the best thing to do when I cut the white rope to the length I needed. That wasn’t my favorite remedy but trying to hot glue the loose cut ends together doesn’t really work. It just ends up in a mess.

hot glue craft project

The first item I put together was the small candle stick which I left natural, and the terra cotta tray I spray painted white.

attach nautical rope to decor using hot glues

Then, I put together the medium size display stand. I glued the spray painted silver plate piece to one of the wood rounds then hot glued the white cotton rope around the sides of the wood round.

project pieces to make coastal style decor

The tall candle holder wasn’t working for me, and I went to my stash to pull out a few more pieces to work with.

hot glue nautical rope to glass

I took the clear double-bowl dish apart and hot glued the brown rope around the top of each bowl.

how to distress painted home decor

Next, I distressed the painted pieces just a bit using flexible sandpaper.

glass and wood coastal decor made with nautical rope (4)

These are the pieces I painted and decorated in less than an hour.

coastal decor for Summer (3)

I hot glued just a tiny strip of new raw-looking sisal rope around the bottom part of the short candle holder. And you can see the light distressing on the painted silver plate piece and the terra cotta tray.

how to make DIY Coastal Decor Display Stands with nautical rope and wood (2)

The wood rounds were almost an inch thick and the white nautical rope wasn’t wide enough to cover them completely. I liked the light unfinished wood on the rounds, so didn’t paint them at all.

nautical rope display stands

I enjoy displaying seashells in the Summertime and I have a large collection from years of beach trips.

starfish and seashell decor

The brown snuff bottle came from hubby’s Mom and Dad’s house.

Dollar Tree frog and a coastal style diy display stand

The frog was an impulse buy at Dollar Tree one day. I just thought he was cute. Impulse buys at Dollar Tree aren’t like impulse buys at other stores.

display stands with nautical rope for coastal decorating

The woven piece the displays are sitting on is a placemat I bought at Hobby Lobby at 75% off.

DIY Coastal Decor Display Stands with nautical rope detail

I don’t know what I’m going to make with it, but it came in handy for the displays!

make diy cookie stands (2)

So what do you think of the coastal decor DIY display stands? You can make a display stand out of all kinds of things. I made these stands plus no-bake chocolate oatmeal cookies for the display…No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies And A DIY Cookie Stand



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DIY Cookie Stand Makes A Great Hostess Gift

I made this stand many years ago…Make A Decorative DIY Cookie Stand | Thrift Store Decor

Kathy Owen founder of Petticoat Junktion
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Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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  1. Love the nautical look of these. My living room is a dark academia, nautical look. ( is that a thing? It is now!!) I have shells displayed in hurricane lamps and a fish bowl!