Beach Wall Decor Ideas & How To Make a Fishnet from Jute Twine.
You can take the girl out of Jersey, but you can never, ever take the Jersey out of the girl. 🙂
After 22 years in Chicago, I still identify as a Jersey girl. Those roots run deep. Especially at this time of year.
You see, I’m not just a Jersey girl. I’m a Jersey shore girl.
And I’m not talking about that ridiculous MTV Jersey Shore show crowd. Or places. Please.
The Jersey coastline boasts some truly spectacular beaches. And I have fond memories of summering there. Vacationing with my family at my aunt & uncle’s Long Beach Island home growing up. Renting beach houses with my friends in Manasquan and Sea Girt in my 20’s.
My summers were all about the beach.
It’s what I miss the most about the East Coast. Twenty two years later, I still dream of the Atlantic Ocean.
Now, don’t get me wrong. The Lake Michigan shoreline is pretty spectacular in its own right. There’s nothing like driving down Lake Shore Drive on a beautiful summer day: Sailboats and jet skies dancing across the almost-Caribbean-blue-hued water; beaches swarming with sunbathers and volleyball players; the bike path streaming with runners and bikers, with a few casual strollers mixed in.
And sometimes …
just sometimes …
if the light is just right …. and the time of day is just right … and I turn my head the right way … and I squint my eyes just so … I can see just the barest of hints of my beloved Jersey Shore.
Like the early morning I visited one of our favorite Lake Michigan beaches. Before the life guards … before the families with their sand chairs and umbrellas and blankets and coolers .. before the day campers swarmed the beach clad in their park district t-shirts … it was just me and my camera with the row boats and seagulls and a life guard chair. And waves lapping at the sandy shores.
And when the folks at Snapfish Home Decor invited me to visit their redesigned website I knew right away which images I would use to create some new art for our home. It was really easy to use and my biggest challenge was deciding on a format. Should I create a canvas? Perhaps an aluminum print? Or maybe I should make a blanket or pillow?
In the end, I settled on these wood panels. I just uploaded my images, selected a size and voila! And they arrived on my doorstep in record time!
But I didn’t stop there. I thought they needed a little something something before hanging them on the wall. You know, to complete the whole beach wall decor theme motif. So I grabbed some jute and created my own decorative fishnet …
Beach Wall Decor: How To Make A Decorative Fish Net
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1. Cut a length of jute to your desired width. String it up horizontally among two points (I found it much easier to hang it up vs. lying flat on a surface)
2. Cut lengths of jute 2 1/2 longer than your desired length. Fold each piece in half over the horizontal piece so you have two equal lengths.
3. Create a loop and feed two equal lengths through.
4. Pull tight.
5. Grab one string from one length, and another from the one next to it; forming a triangle.
6. Knot together.
7. Continue this process along the top row.
8. For the next row, grab a length of jute from opposite strings, forming a diamond pattern. Knot together.
9. Continue along second row.
10. When you reach the end strings, follow the instructions above.
11. Continue along row by row until you reach your desire fishnet length.
Beach Wall Decor: Fishnet Tutorial
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This post was created in partnership with Snapfish. All opinions are my own.
I want to make some large prints og family photos.
I am at the Jersey Shore right now. The Jersey Shore is not just a place, it’s a feeling. We relax, walk everywhere, no rushing, taking time to be with family. I love the boardwalk.
I would have some pictures of the grandson printed out for my house since I haven’t done that yet. A tutorial for a fishnet! Yay! I was wondering about those just the other day. Wondering where you bought those. Guess I’ll just make my own!
Diana Farrell-Page says
That is absolutely awesome
Diva Kreszl says
I am a Jersey girl as well, growing up in Toms River, just across the bridge from the barrier islands…I now get to enjoy watching my grand kids play on the same beaches my sons did and I did!
I too am a Jersey girl and always add “best in the world” sure others would dispute it, but yes there is something magical and almost exotic (not tropical mind you) about it. I was so disheartened with Sandy devastation and then the fire that took out the SawMill w/ 5cent rootbeers that I grew up with. And who else calls the beach the “shore” but us.
Thanks for the fond memory today. It’s rainy, I too no longer live in NJ but this made me think of sun, sand and the boardwalk. An NO, while I spent my evenings in Seaside and Point Pleasant NEITHER was the MTV travesty -they were all from NY and RI anyway!
Anne F says
Cute idea!!! Love the detailed tutorial!
I think that anyone who was raised on the ocean, no matter where, has ocean flowing in our veins – “The voice of the sea speaks to the soul” (don’t know the author) and that is so very true! I grew up on the Connecticut and Rhode Island coasts. Landlock me and I will smell ocean salt inside of two weeks (yes, that happened)!
I think I’d do a family photo or maybe an octopus in tryptich!
Cool tutorial. 😀
I learnt something today.
Really cool Linda! I don’t think I have the patience for making a fish net though
I have ocean pics taken off the coast of Scotland by my son…would love to enlarge them! 😉
I have a developmentally challenged brother-in-law who lives with us. He is fascinated with trains. I would love to make something like this with pictures of trains for his room. He would LOVE it!
Tess S. says
Unbelievable!!! The work you put into this is amazing! It’s beautiful!!!
Jessica Mireles says
I love this fishnet idea and I am going to use your instructions to create my own. Thank you so much!
Cristina@Remodelando la Casa says
Wow, love the images you chose! All together with the fish-net and sign -looks awesome! Thanks for the tut, I had no idea how to do it. I’m gonna try it someday! 😉
Pamela Smith says
Well, I am a California girl and love our beaches too! The last time we were there, my daughters wrote their names in the sand, very large, and then sat by them so I could snap pictures. I would love to use the wood panels to put those pictures on. They would be the perfect beachy touch!
Great tutorial! I may have to try this for my “beach bathroom” which I hope to transfer someday to my retirement beach house… I’m a Pacific Ocean girl now (I live in WA State) but like you grew up in Jersey. Wildwood, Ocean City, Long Beach Island.. love ’em and miss them all (except horseshoe crabs or horse flies. I do NOT miss those). As for what I’d do? Tough call but probably family pictures – my dogs, my two boys, my husband & I… I might change my mind if I actually win but right now that’s my pick.
Your photos are gorgeous. The fish net turned out great and the tutorial is great but I don’t know if I would have the patience…all that string and knots . I don’t think mine would end up looking like yours.
Kenny hall says
I would love to create a photo album. I have so many photos on my phone that need to be displayed! Thank you 🙂
Wow I love this tutorial. Also I would use the gift card to make some canvas prints for my living room!
I would make some big prints for my entryway. Fun tutorial!!
Susan Devaux says
I love Shutterfly’s Aluminum prints
Dianne Hall says
I would like some canvas prints. They are so cool!
a mural for my hallway
Heidi Rees says
What a great idea! Thanks for showing us the “ropes!” Pun intended!
LOL! Thanks for the chuckle! 🙂
This project came just in time for what I plan on doing! Thank you so much for this easy tutorial!
I’m stopping by today from the Inspiration Monday party!
Have a great week!
Kate | The Organized Dream
Mary Connolly says
Very Nice! What did you mean by “wood panels?” to put your photos on?
Love the tutorial and the images made it so simple to follow! As usual I’m a bit late to the party, but I’m a Jersey girl, too. South NJ here where all my Summers were spent on the beach in Margate during the day and then the clubs & bars at night. Ah, fond memories that’ll never fade..
Thank you for sharing this simple, easy to understand tutorial (fish net). Exactly what I’ve been looking for. Will be making a net for our deck to weave fairy lights through beach theme Christmas..
All the best from “down under”….Australia.
I love the idea of a beach theme Christmas! Especially one in Australia!!! 🙂