Decorative Ways Of Using Starfish Around The Home

There’s so many ways that you can decorate your home with starfish, you don’t have to live by the sea, but you can bring the sea to where you live!

Here I’ve used hanging starfish to decorate my favourite coastal photo frames.

It’s really easy to hang a starfish, all you need to do is tie a piece of leather, ribbon or craft string around one of the starfish legs and form a loop with a knot.

Here’s a close up of one of my hanging starfish available for sale at my Folksy shop.

I love my coastal driftwood frame that I found at a recent car boot sale!

Starfish look great just propped up anywhere around the home, especially in the bathroom.

I think starfish look great in groups, here I have filled a bucket.

I love to paint starfish and think this one works perfectly with my coastal bowl. I hope that this post will inspire you to bring a bit of the coast into your home.


La Grange – Where we make our French little boats

While we were in France we had a day in the workshop, we made some new boats and also designed a new larger model that I’ll be finishing later in the year. For now here is how we make our French little boats.

Marking out the boats

Cutting out the boats on the bandsaw

Using a bobbin sander to give a nice smooth finish

When the weather is nice we take the work outside!

Positioning the mast

Drilling the hole ready for the mast

A square peg in a round hole, this little tool takes the square edges off the mast when hammering it through the hole

Planing of the edges

Gluing the mast in place

Two finished oak boats waiting their sails

After a busy day in the workshop we all enjoy a well earned glass of grape juice (ahem)

The Jolly Sailors

Personalised Childrens BoatsThese cute little Personalised Children’s Boats “The Jolly Sailors” are available at my Wood & Rope Folksy Shop. I can personalise your boat with a name or word up to 10 characters long and have a selection of fabrics you can choose from.

Sweet Little Hanging Starfish

New to Wood & Rope, today I made three styles of hanging starfish decorations.

I started of with a length of natural craft paper twist and formed into a loop. I then added a shell which I personally hand picked in the Cook Island, South Pacific.

For this one I used a piece of leather that used to be a necklace that broke. I then added pearls to each end.

This one is my favourite, I love the colour of the turquoise leather and conveniently the shell had a hole in it.

These three hanging starfish are available for sale at my Folksy shop

Tie The Knot

Are you getting married this summer? Why not tie the knot with one of our rope ampersands. After designing the wood and rope logo I thought it would be great to make a real rope ampersand. Then instead of the W&R I thought it would be fun to put couples initials instead. This would make a great decoration for a beach wedding. Here are some more photos of beach themed wedding decorations taken from my Pinterest board “A Beach Wedding”

This photo is from our wedding day in the South Pacific, I collected this shell the morning of our wedding to use as a ring pillow.

Then we tied the knot!

This rope ampersand is for sale at my Folksy shop please take a look, they can be made to order.

Let Your Dreams Set Sail

These little wooden boats came about after sitting in a cafe on holiday over looking the Harbour at La Rochelle in France.

The Harbour was filled with little yachts.

La Rochelle is very picturesque and I thought making the little boats would be a great way of capturing that in a decoration.

I wonder how many people have this photo in their holiday snaps? I couldn’t resist!

My Father inlaw has a workshop at his home in France and he makes the boats out of reclaimed wood, some of the wood is burned during the winter months but this is a much better use for it!

Ray enjoys to work outside in the sun!

The first batch of boats, shipped to England (pun intended) awaiting their sails.

I decided to give them all French names and add hand painted details to the sails.

This boat has a hessian sail with fish detail and hand stamped ‘La Sardine’ name.

I used fabric paint on the squid detail and then hand stitched him on to the sail.

The names are stamped on with a letter stamp kit, making mistakes is easy! I then paint over the wording, let it dry and gently sand of the excess.

Please visit my Folksy shop where you will find my little French boats for sale wood & rope