Rustic Wood Beach Art {Hello Summer}


Rustic Wood Beach Art from Addicted to DIY on Happy Summer, everyone!  I’m Katie and I blog over at Addicted 2 DIY.  I am beyond excited to be here sharing this fun summertime project with you all today. Being an Arizona girl, I pretty much wear flip flops year round.  Even when I’m not wearing flip flops, I often still look like I am:)  Combine my love for flip flops with the first verse in Kenny Chesney’s song “When the Sun Goes Down,” and you’ve got my inspiration for this Rustic Wood Beach Art.  I happened to have all of the materials for this project on hand, so my project cost was my favorite price ~ FREE!


  • 1 – 1×12″ board cut to 18″ long
  • 1/4″ sisal rope
  • 1″ foam paint brushes
  • Stain color of your choice (I used Minwax
    Special Walnut)
  • Acrylic paint in color of your choice (I
    used Americana paint in Pineapple and Bahama Blue)
  • Adhesive vinyl (for cutting the stencil)
  • Some flip flops (for tracing)
  • Drill with 3/8″ drill bit
  • 220 grit sandpaper
  • Hot glue gun

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I happened to have some scrap wood lying around that was virtually the same size as a 1×12″ board, so I cut it down to 18″ long.  If you don’t have the ability to cut your wood down to size, the friendly employees at your local home improvement store can do it for you.  I stained my wood using Minwax stain in Special Walnut and let it dry for a good 12 hours or so.

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I grabbed a pair of flip flops to trace the outline.  Mine were too big, so I grabbed my 8 year old’s, which were just right.  I just had to improvise in the spot where our dog took a chunk out of them.

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Once I traced the outline in pencil, I marked where the straps are held on the bottom of the flip flops.  I grabbed my drill and 3/8″ drill bit and drilled the holes where I had marked them for the straps.

Rustic Wood Beach Art from Addicted to DIY on

Rustic Wood Beach Art from Addicted to DIY on

 Next, it was time to paint.  I painted the flip flops in Americana acrylic paint in Bahama Blue.  I cut the stencil for the title out of a scrap piece of vinyl on my Cricut. I used the Lobster 1.4 font.  I sized and stretched the font to fit the empty space (11″x6″).

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I used the pineapple color for the letters. Aren’t these such fun color names for a summertime project? Once my paint was dry, I sanded the entire surface with 220 grit sandpaper to distress it a bit.

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Now to add the rope to make the flip flops. I fed the rope through the top hole, starting from the back, then threaded it through one of the bottom holes and back out the front of the board again.  I tied a knot to secure the rope and then trimmed the tail off of the knot.

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I did the same for the other flip flop, and then secured my knots in place with hot glue.

Rustic Wood Beach Art from Addicted to DIY on

On the back of the board, I cut the rope off as close to the board as I could, and secured those ends with hot glue. Sisal rope can get a bit straggly, so I flipped the board back over and gave some of the stray pieces a trim.  That’s it!

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I love how this project turned out and I’m thinking it will be perfect for my back patio.  Since we basically have an endless summer, I could leave it up year-round.  I think it would make a great gift idea too!

If you like this project, stop by and see some of the most popular projects I’ve shared over at Addicted 2 DIY.


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I’m Katie and I am a stay-at-home mom with an obsession for DIY {and coffee}.  I absolutely love saving money on decorating my home with furniture and decor that I have made myself.  When I’m not spending time having fun with my family, I’m usually in the garage working on my next project.  I love building with my husband too.  It’s a hobby that we both love, and since we have two little boys running around, we don’t get many date nights.  It’s the perfect way for us to spend time together and make our house a home.  For more projects and to get updates on what’s going on here at Addicted 2 DIY, you can subscribe by email and follow me on FacebookPinterestInstagramTwitter, and Google+.


THANKS Katie for sharing this DIY project during our Hello Summer Event! Click HERE to see more ideas from the event.

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5 comments on “Rustic Wood Beach Art {Hello Summer}”

  1. What a cute decoration for summer! I love the rope flip flop straps!!

  2. This is adorable! I may need to make one for my home!

  3. Katie you did a great job with this Summer craft, I just love it!

  4. So easy and with supplies I already have on hand. I’ve got to make this today. Thanks for sharing such a fun. I love the blog addicted 2 diy! ;)

  5. Can you explain how to make your own letter stencils? Love your beach décor!!


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