Nautical DIY Projects for Boat Lovers

Let the Sea Inspire You to Create


Something about the water not only sparks adventure but also inspires our creative impulses. The ocean can boost our moods, get us motivated and captivate our imagination. Whether you're out cruising or docked in paradise, ignite your inner artist with these fun nautical DIY projects.CRAFTY

Create your own Jewelry
Gilded Peach

Transform into a sea goddess and make a fashion statement with Gilded Peach custom jewelry. Artisan Abigail Houff runs this gemstone jewelry business out of Key West, FL, where she shares a space with a yoga studio and cafe and holds her popular jewelry- making classes. Using high-quality, organic materials, Houff teaches skills to take home and practice for a bedazzling DIY project. ($135)

Pillows made from recycled sails by Reiter8 | nautical diy | marinalife
Pillows made from recycled sails by Reiter8

Repurpose Old Sails
Sailrite Sewing Machine

One should never discard a sail as it can serve many purposes long after its life on the water. Sails can be recycled into crafty projects such as bags, pillows, blankets, baskets, curtains, dog beds the list goes on. This portable, industrial sewing machine can stitch heavy-duty sailcloth for professional upholstery, shops, as well as the novice sewer. (Starts at $795)


Take Digital Art Classes
Meg Biram

Known for notable murals in Washington, DC, artist Meg Biram hosts digital classes aimed at all skill levels, ages five and up. The 15-class package includes collaging, painting, clay sculpting and cutting paper into unique designs. Each class provides downloadable programs with video tutorials a perfect family activity. ($25)

Design & Decorate Boat Decals

If you're up for a fun challenge, creatively deck out your vessel with a customized decal. ZDecal's website allows you to design your boat wrap that ships to you for a nautical DIY install. The graphics are printed on 3M vinyls with UV laminate used for professional branding, and the wraps accommodate everything from bass boats to jet skis. (Starts at $389)


Man painting his boat by AegeanBlue | nautical diy | marinalife
Man painting his boat by AegeanBlue

Paint the Decks
Interlux Non-Skid Deck Pain

Give your boat a fresh look in a few simple DIY steps. Thoroughly clean and sand the designated area to a smooth appearance, remove old flaking-off paint and seal exposed areas with epoxy. Then tape the borders, wipe down the area with acetone and get crafty with your deck paint. (Starts at $54.99)

Install a Canvas Boat Shade
T-Top Boat Covers Boat Shade Kit

What's better than lounging under a shaded boat deck on a hot summer day? Designed for center console or walkaround-style boats, this boat shade kit is a simple installation for a group effort or solo DIY project. The shade stows easily, and the website provides video tutorials. (Prices vary)

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