diy project: erica’s nautical cards and picks

today’s first diy project (stay tuned for 2 more today!) comes from erica domesek, style and crafter-extraordinaire and author of the website, ps i made this (you can read more about erica below). today she is sharing two fun, summer-friendly nautical projects with us- one that turns nautical flags into cute summer cards, and another that creates whimsical nautical flag picks that are perfect for decorating food and drinks (you can even use the nautical alphabet to spell out guests’ names!) i hope you’ll enjoy erica’s projects- click here to check out more of her work online.

CLICK HERE for the full project instructions for both projects!


Nautical Cards DIY









1- Refer to the Nautical Alphabet chart and chose a personal message or monogram

2- Use scissors to cut out colorful paper and mimimic Nautical alphabet letters (use construction paper, or scrapbooking paper packs available at your local arts and crafts store).


3- Glue the details onto the square flags together with spray mount or glue stick

4- Once all flags are complete, arrange onto a map or sea chart. Another alternative to mount flags on is colorful stationary. Use glue to anchor down (pun intended)!

5- Use a sharpie marker to Illustrate each letter on the bottom, so the recipient knows what the message says


Nautical Flags Toothpicks







1- Cut out 3 inch x 1 inch paper rectangles.

2- Stick a piece of double-sided tape in the center of paper

3- Place tooth pick in the center of paper, covering the top 1/3 of the toothpick

3- Fold paper in half, trim edges clean lines.

4- Use scissors to cut out colorful paper and mimic Nautical alphabet letters (Refer to the Nautical alphabet chart) and stick on with double sided tape, spray adhesive, or glue stick. Use construction paper, or scrap-booking paper packs available at your local arts and crafts store.

5- Use flags for decorative accents on desserts, cocktail garnishes, anything!



More about Erica:

Erica’s creative motto “I see it, I like it, I make it” reflects the belief that one can find inspiration anywhere and transform what one sees into something fabulous to wear, use or look at. With a keen eye and ability to make everything from fashion accessories, home décor accents and provide a vision for creative soirees, Erica’s work has been featured in publications such as Teen Vogue, Glamour, Vogue Nippon, Domino, GQ, among others. She has styled and designed campaigns for International brands such as Kate Spade, Tumi, J.Crew, Anthropologie, Roxy, Sigerson Morrison, and True Religion, and is the host for Alloy Entertainment’s TV Craft Club.

PS- I Made This… is a movement. It’s a call to action to re-imagine, re-use, and re-invent. PS- I made this…can inspire and encourage anyone to embrace the concept of; “I see it, I like it I make it.” Stay up to date with projects at and follow Erica on twitter

  1. this is so clever! I’ve always loved the look of nautical flags and this is such a cool idea for a party by the sea.

  2. Love this, especially as a collage artist. What a fun way to use my scraps. Super party-ish and fun!

  3. joel s says:

    great idea! also, Caroline Hwang has been making a wonderful nautical flag series for awhile now, take a look here:

  4. Yoli says:

    I absolutely LOVE this project!!!!

  5. Clairzy says:

    I love it!

  6. These are fantastic! I just love how the nautical themes are coming back…

  7. Jen P. says:

    So cool! really fun DIY. I love Erica’s projects! Cant wait to see more of her DIY with D*S

  8. jack says:

    LOVE THIS! so clever!

  9. Mary says:

    what a super ideas and so EASY!

    love projects like this!

    my beach bbq this weekend is going to be complete with these party picks!

  10. ratow says:

    Great idea for a summer beach bbq. Homemade cards are SO much more special than anything store bought. love this idea, thanks for sharing.

  11. featherbed says:

    love it! If this could be incorporated into a child’s birthday party decor it would be so cute!!!! I am on it!

  12. Cláudia says:

    Mito interessante. Vou tentar adaptar para o Brasil.

  13. fashion says:

    This design is steller! You definitely know how to keep
    a reader amused. Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved to start my own blog (well, almost.
    ..HaHa!) Excellent job. I really loved what you had to say, and more than that, how you presented it.
    Too cool!


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