DIY Rope & Shell Beach Flag


We are looking forward to some beach time again this year, so I thought I would share this fun beach themed flag with you again.

For my family, summer is about waiting to get to the beach!  But, before we can get there, there are softball games to be finished up and camps to be attended.  So, this year, I thought I would bring a little bit of the beach right to my front porch while we are waiting.


And now on to the project…a DIY rope & shell beach flag.


It is a super simple project that requires just a little paint, glue, rope and shells.

This is what you will need for this project:

– Rough plywood.  We cut ours down to 36” wide by 20” tall.  Make your life easier and make it 21” tall for simpler math.  Large hardware stores will cut the wood down for you.

– Stain of your choice

– White Paint

– Heavy rope – I got mine at the local hardware store and they cut it right to the length I needed.  Calculate your length of rope based on your size.  I did 7 rows of rope and then went all the way around the perimeter.  I bought 35’ of rope and that was more than enough for the project.

– Around 12 shells of your choice

– Hot glue gun and glue sticks


Step 1 – Stain your plywood.

Step 2 – Lightly coat the plywood with white paint so that some of the stained wood still shows through in the rough spots.


Step 3 – Measure out where you want to place your rope.  If you do 21” high, then you can mark a straight line, with a pencil, every 3 inches.

Step 4 – Eyeball where you want your corner “star” section based on your proportions.

Step 5 – Cut your rope to 36” lengths.  I used a heavy duty pair of snips.


Step 6 – Use hot glue to attach the rope along the pencil lines.  Run one short piece to frame out the “star section” and then use shorter lengths for the top 2 sections.

Step 7 – Hot glue rope around perimeter to create a frame.  (note – if you are placing this in direction sunlight, the hot glue will not hold up.  You will need to use an outdoor approved adhesive.)

Step 8 – Use hot glue to attach your shells.


And then you are finished and ready to enjoy it.  I have mine just resting on my front porch, but it could easily be hung or placed on a mantel.

Thanks so much for letting me share this project today.  I have also made a baseball bat flag that you might also enjoy.  You can visit all of my projects by clicking here, or you can subscribe to receive projects to your inbox by clicking here.





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6 thoughts on “DIY Rope & Shell Beach Flag”


  1. Wow, so cool! There have been some amazing “non-red, white, and blue” but still patriotic projects around the blogosphere this year, and your flags are at the top of the list! 🙂

  2. I love creative interpretations of the flag. The beach theme is great and I LOVE the baseball bat flag! Voted and shared on FB. All the best!

    Enjoy your day,


  3. I absolutely love this idea! Super creative!This is amazing! What a creative idea! I would love for you to share this at my link party Making Memories Mondays going on now! 🙂

  4. This is beautiful. I never would have thought to change up the stars and stripes but I love the simpleness of this one! And anything that reminds me of the beach is a go in my book! I really need to start working on some patriotic decor and this is on my list!