Nautical Ahoy Garland

Ahoy Featuer PicAhoy, friend!

The word ahoy, in nautical terms, is used to signal a boat or ship.  It can also be used as a greeting, warning, or farewell so it a perfect sentiment for banners and garlands for any nautical themed occasion.

The new Canvas Corp nautical line has plenty of fun navy and coral papers and nautical embellishments to make  many fun garlands.  The basics line has plenty of options to add dimension, depth, and interest.  There are endless combination possibilities-let your imagination float away!  You can use our Ahoy Garland as inspiration and we would love to see your own creations…feel free to share to our Facebook page!

Let’s get sailing, shall we?  Here’s how we did it.

Gather these supplies:

Assorted Nautical PapersCoral & Ivory Ribbon Striped Paper
12×12 Canvas Sheet or Canvas Shape Tags
12×12 Burlap Sheet
Navy High Impact Paint
Maritime Charms
Jute Rope
Decorative Clothespin-Jacobean

And these tools:

Double sided tape
Staple & Staples (we used a mini-stapler)
Paint brush
Sewing machine & thread (optional)

Ahoy Garland_Canvas Corp_Supplies

Cut out the background canvas into desired shapes (cut one for each letter of your garland).  We cut out these tags from a 12×12 sheet but you may also purchase  pre-made tags (these tend to be a tad thicker).  Cut out proportionate sized rectangles of the burlap sheets, one for each letter. Cut out your garland word.  We used a die cut machine here but you can use stencils or freehand, too.

Ahoy Garland_Canvas Corp Cut Out

Now that you have everything cut it’s time to assemble. Attach the burlap to the canvas tags.  We used a machine to sew them but you could hand sew them or attach them with a really strong double sided tape.

The letters were looking a little bare here so we added some navy high impact as a background to really make them pop.

Ahoy Garland_Canvas Corp Paint

Once dry, add the letters.  Double sided tape works well.

Ahoy Garland_Canvas Corp Letters

The Coral & Shells on Ivory paper has fun, sturdy shapes you can cut out to embellish the tags.

Ahoy Garland,

Add the charms by stringing with thin cotton string and taping them to the inside of patterned tabs.  You’ll secure these to the jute rope with a staple.

Ahoy Garland_Canvas Corp Charm 2

Ahoy Garland_Canvas Corp Charm

Prepare the jute rope for hanging the tags.  Here, we tied as many loops as we had letters.  We’ll use the clothespins to secure the tags to the rope.

Ahoy Garland_Canvas corp Rope

Ahoy Garland_Canvas corp attach

Attach all the tags and enjoy!

Ahoy Garland_Canvas corp

Thanks for stopping by today. Hope to see you on the high seas!



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'Nautical Ahoy Garland' have 5 comments

  1. March 18, 2015 @ 6:14 pm whitney

    This is so cute! I love DIY projects, but I rarely do them. I used to quilt, but I haven’t done so in over a year. When I moved here I made my own headboard. I also have put together some of my backdrops for my pictures. I wish I was more creative, though. Nice job!


    • March 18, 2015 @ 6:19 pm ccbrands

      Hopefully our projects inspire you! Always here to help if you need it!


    • March 18, 2015 @ 6:44 pm Gina

      Thanks, Whitney 🙂


  2. March 18, 2015 @ 9:56 pm The Gifted Gabber

    This is absolutely adorable! I could see using this for a baby shower or a birthday party, for certain. And the step-by-step tutorial is awesome. Keep on inspiring!


    • March 18, 2015 @ 11:25 pm Gina

      Thanks for stopping by. How cute would a nautical themed nursery be?


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