The offset of the thumbtacks really makes for some amazing shadows on the wall.

Super Simple Starfish Wall Decor

Super simple starfish wall decor from Farmhouse38.comI know what you’re thinking….starfish aren’t really very ‘farmy’.  But aside from the facts that I grew up near the beach, and we’re in Los Angeles which is technically on the beach, these starfish hold some pretty heavy sentimental value.  You see, the Texan and I got married on the beach, and instead of flower petals scattered down the aisle, we had starfish and sea glass.  We tried very hard to gather up as many of them afterwards to bring home with us (I also have a large jar of the sea glass, as well as a small jar of sand from the very spot we took our vows….I’m not usually so mushy, but this was important to me!)

Here’s a few shots from our wedding:

Super simple starfish wall decor and a glimpse at our wedding.
Our ceremony site: on the beach in Los Cabos, Mexico.
Super simple starfish wall decor and a glimpse at our wedding.
A shot of how the aisle was set up.
Super simple starfish wall decor and a glimpse at our wedding.
Close up of the starfish in action.
Some moments from our beach wedding.
Gotta throw one of these in!
Some moments from our beach wedding.
And this one’s fun….this was about a thirtieth of a second before we both doubled over laughing. (BTW, this was the morning after the actual wedding–it was our ‘wreck the dress’ shoot–good times!).

All right, enough of that!  Back to work!!

I really wanted to display our starfish in a unique way.  I didn’t want to do anything cheesy–framing seemed too obvious and we just have so many of them!  I finally decided that I just wanted to stick them to the wall, and at first, I put a glob of earthquake putty on each one and just stuck them up like that.  This was all well and good until we had a really hot day and I walked in to find that my painstakingly-lined up grid of starfish was now a detail from a Dalí painting.

It was then that I had my ‘Ah-ha’ moment.  Thumbtacks.  All I needed was thumbtacks.

Here is the world’s most complicated how-to:

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Starfish, white thumbtack, and hot glue.

Put a decent glob of hot glue in the center of the back of the starfish, and sink your thumbtack into it so that the glue rises over the first lip of the head of the thumbtack.  Hold it in place until the glue is set.

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Let that glue harden and cool completely.  Meanwhile, mark off a grid in the shape that you want it on your wall.  I did a grid of twenty-four starfish: four across, six down.  The marks represent the center of each starfish, and I went ahead and spaced mine six inches from each other (every starfish is, obviously, a different size, so this winds up being an imperfect science–but it works!)

Now, take your fully-dried starfish and gently press the thumbtack into your mark on the wall (if you have drywall–if you have some sort of paneling, you may want to pre-drill a bit so the thumbtack goes in easy).

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Press into the wall straight-on–if you angle it at all, you risk snapping the thumbtack off.

There you have it!

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The offset of the thumbtacks really makes for some amazing shadows on the wall.

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  1. Cooool!!!! Do they spin around? Beautiful wedding pics… you are so talented.

  2. Jenna

    Love this! Your wedding pictures are gorgeous and I love how you lined your walkway!

  3. Love the three-dimensional effect the tacks create. Super-duper! Have not seen any comments from you on my last three posts…too busy? 😉
    Lovely wedding snaps too. Happy Marriage bedroom renovation and sweet dreams!

  4. Love, love, love this post and the starfish! We were married on the beach, too–but in SC. In the rain. Well, the rain held off for the ceremony, but it poured for the reception. (Thank goodness for the hotel’s gazebo that we squeezed into with our friends, family, and random hotel guests–it actually was a blast!) I adore your starfish decor and just might have to make my non-crafty self give it a try! Love your wedding photos–and my dress was also beached up and never taken to the cleaners! 😉

    • No kidding!? I knew I liked you, Julie! 🙂 We went from Mexico off to our moon in Belize and it rained pretty much the whole time there! (but it was still so awesome!)

  5. Totally adorable, and a great little nod to your current location, former location, and ceremony site! Hubs and I love the beach – OBX in particular. So while the majority of our home is country, our upstairs hallway is dedicated to the beach. The starfish wall looks great mixed amongst all of your country decor!

    • Thank you! I think it works, too….I think that in a perfect world, I would have a farmhouse ON the beach, and do the whole farmhouse/beach house thing. I think that’s my true decor self!!! 🙂

  6. Laurie

    Love this! Thanks for sharing. Did you wash the wedding dress after that romp in the waves?? 🙂

    • You know what, Laurie? For the longest time I didn’t–it was fully dry, but it was all salt-water crusty and sandy in a garment bag. I finally did have it professionally cleaned–but it was a couple of years after! 🙂

  7. Bobbie

    Truly, I’ve said it before and I will say it again, you are so beautiful!! Seriously! And your wedding scene was out of a fairy tale! Ok, I’m done being mushy for now, I promise! 🙂

  8. You are so creative! I love seeing pics of the way you decorate your rooms and how you execute your great ideas! I love your wedding theme and pics too! You are beautiful Kate! Thanks for sharing with us. ~Katie

  9. Emma

    Where did you get married? If I did not know better, I’d say it looks like Mexico, or Hawaii.

  10. Emma

    Oh sorry. My bad reading! It was Mexico. My friend just moved there, and i went to visit definitely one of the purtiest beaches there in Cabos.

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  12. Kathy Hubbard

    I am renovating a house in town (Tallahassee, Fl .) and turning it into a beach house. I put in a salt water pool and the house is turning out great! There is even a low, winding, dock that you can take from the front porch to the road. Anyway, I am using starfish as a backsplash decoration in the kitchen because I couldn’t find any tile that I liked. The wall is gray like your adorable bedroom. I told myself, why don’t you ask on-line about how to attach a star fish to a wall. I was very pessimistic about finding an answer. Thank you so much for the instructions and for sharing your wedding and cute bedroom on-line.

  13. roberta

    I love this but how do you dust them without them falling?

  14. Sue V

    This is the best idea yet for hanging starfish. I found it works best by making a pilot hole first.

  15. Courtney

    What size starfish did you use

    • farmhouse38k8

      I’d say these range anywhere from four to six inches across.

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