DIY Nautical Magnetic Picture Frame

August 4, 2016

Display your summer memories, and seashells collected on the beach, with this easy DIY Nautical Magnetic Picture Frame project!

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DIY Nautical Magnetic Picture Frame

It’s crazy that we’re already into August and I haven’t been to the beach once this year!  Not even to walk the boardwalk, grab some soft serve, and play some mini-golf!  So before summer completely slips away from us, I wanted to make a beachy project that’s perfect for showing off your summer memories.  

I absolutely love taking pictures and would much rather be behind the camera than in front of it.  My husband, as handsome as he is, also isn’t a huge fan of being in front of the camera.  But sometimes I catch a candid moment that I just have to frame.

Take the photo I used in this project.  We had gone down to the waterfront to take the dog for a sunny, beach walk.  I had decided it was the perfect spot to snap a few pics for one of my Hello Nature posts.  My husband knew I would be taking pictures, but there wasn’t much direction involved.  The picture I took of him and Hunter walking on the boardwalk has become one of my favorites, so it needed to find a place to displayed in our home!

Since the photo was taken along the beach, I wanted to make a frame with a nautical feel to it.  So I gathered some of my seashells (I have a ton from the beach and craft store) and small driftwood pieces, and picked up some braided rope and a glass clip picture frame at the craft store.  One of my favorite places to display photos is the fridge, so I added magnets to the back of the frame for hanging.  Now, every time I walk in the house, that’s where one of my favorite photos will be!

DIY Nautical Magnetic Picture Frame



  1. Remove clips and glass from frame.  Add your favorite 4×6 photo to the picture, replace glass, and clips.
  2. Heat your glue gun.  Begin gluing braided rope around the perimeter of the frame.  Repeat with a second row of rope.
  3. Arrange pieces of driftwood and seashells where you want them on the frame.  Then, hot glue them in place.
  4. When glue has dried, flip the frame over.  Glue magnets to each corner of the frame.  Allow glue to dry.
  5. Display your frame on any magnetic surface!

DIY Nautical Magnetic Picture Frame
DIY Nautical Magnetic Picture Frame

Did you make your own nautical picture frame inspired by this DIY?  Share it with the hashtag #livinglavidadiy and tag me @lavidaholoka!


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