Create An Affordable DIY Coastal Artwork -High End Dupe

Have you ever found a piece of artwork and it’s way out of your budget? If the answer is yes, let’s create an affordable DIY coastal artwork.

This happens to me all of the time. I find the perfect piece of art for the house. My heart is full of joy until I saw the price. Oh the sticker shock! A piece of coastal art with the hefty price tag of $400-$695.

You can get a little creative and make a high end dupe! All you need is a sea fan, starfish, sand dollar or a handful of sea shells; a hot glue gun, shadow box, fabric or peel and stick wallpaper. Any of these lovely high end pieces of coastal artwork below, you can make your own version.

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These coastal art for the walls are beautiful. If you are not crafty, you can order them or make something similar

I have been wanting was a piece of artwork with either a sea fan or sand dollar. Through searching various stores, I found one at Cailini Coastal. I love their artwork but $678 was not in my budget. Therefore, I decided to make my own version.

Artwork can be affordable and sometimes it requires that you get a little crafty. Your home can beautiful with budget friendly solution

Here is my an affordable DIY coastal artwork with a high end look. The best part, I had most of the items to make it.


Tutorial for Affordable DIY Coastal Artwork -High End Dupe


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  • Large Shadow Box or deep Frame (mine is 20 x 20 and 3″ deep)
  • Sea Fan, Sand Dollar, Starfish or sea shells (your choice) / I am using a real Sea Fan
  • Scrap piece of cardboard
  • Hot Glue Gun & Glue Stick or Quick Dry Tacky Glue
  • Peel and Stick Wallpaper in Navy (you can also use burlap, a piece of fabric or contact paper)
  • Brown or white paper to put on the back
  • Pencil
  • Wallpaper Smoothing Tool (optional)
  • Clear packaging tape
  • Rolled brown paper for frame back (optional)

The cost of this project for me was the Sea Fan. I had everything else on hand to make this artwork. It pays to shop your home for items and ideas.

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frame or shadow box

I found this 20 x 20 frame with a mat in my basement. It had a piece of art in it. I removed it out of the frame and will be reusing the piece of cardboard that was inserted.

You can shop local thrift store and yard sales for a frame or shadow box. Remember you can always paint the frame too.

It will have to be and at least 2.5 to 3 inches or more deep. Remember you could need it deeper depending on the objects you will be adding inside the frame. If not, your cardboard insert with the art to be displayed will not lay flat.


For the background, you will need to cut a piece of cardboard to fit in your frame. My frame already had a piece of cardboard. Some shadow boxes come with a linen background. It is perfect to display a Starfish or Sea Fan that has been painted. Also sea shells work perfectly on a beautiful linen backdrop.

For my cardboard, I am using left over peel and stick faux grass cloth from my cabinet project. If you missed that project, read about Fall In Love With Grass Cloth. You will see how I updated my boring white cabinet.

You will need to flip over the peel and stick wallpaper and trace the outline of the cardboard. I made sure to leave a little extra for trimming. This way, I made sure that the wallpaper aligned perfectly and covered the cardboard.

You will peel a corner of the wallpaper back and lay on the cardboard. With a wallpaper smoothing tool remove any air bubbles as you slowly peel back the wallpaper and adhere it to the cardboard.

This process is simple and easy to work across the cardboard.

adding the object of Choice

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To get the sea fan to fit into my frame, I had to use a file to remove part of the bottom. You may want to remove it all together.

A few dots of hot glue to the fan to hold it in place.

Finished Project

To finish the coastal artwork, it was put in the frame and secured with clear packaging tape. You can use rolled brown paper to completely seal off the back of your artwork like the professionals.

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This spare bedroom is locate on the front of the house. Light pours into this room. This finished project is exactly what was imagined for this room. You can see how easy it is to make affordable DIY coastal artwork for your home. The cost for me was less than $15. Scraps of items that I had on had were used to create this high end dupe.


What do you think of the project?

I love this beautiful framed coastal artwork with the sea fan. A easy DIY project for a high end look that doesn’t break the bank.

Blessings, sweet friend!

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