Decorating with old, used fishing gear is fun, creative and inexpensive. It's pretty easy to find unique fishing gear to use as decorating items for your log cabin or home. Here are a few fun ideas for your fishing decor projects.
First you will need fishing gear. My husband is not fisherman in our family, I am. So it's easy for me to save old fishing lures that hooks have dulled and gives me a great excuse to buy more too! Bobbers have a tendency to stop floating after a few whacks on rocks along shoreline, rendering them useless to fisherman but a great find for decorator. If you confiscate gear from hubby's tackle box remember you now know what to get him for next holiday or special occasion!
Yard sales and estate sales are great for purchasing inexpensive, used fishing equipment for your decorating projects. Yard sales are less risky than hubby's tackle box too. Keep an eye out for used fishing nets, poles, lures, bobbers, metal stringers and other gear.
The last thing you want is your fishing decor to smell fishy. Be sure to clean everything very carefully and thoroughly. I use alcohol for lures, bobbers and such. Good detergent and bleach for nets. Vinegar and lemon juice work well too.
What type of decorating can you do with your accumulated treasures? This is where fun really begins, let your imagination shine. Here are just a few ideas to get you started. Minnow buckets make good catch all containers for bedrooms, kidís rooms and bathrooms for items like crayons, hair do-dads, brushes and combs etc. If you are really crafty they can be turned into lamps. Buy lamp fixtures at hardware store or inexpensive narrow based lamps that fit into top opening of minnow bucket.
Make your own fishing swag from long pliable twigs, boat line or saining nets. Make sure you either remove hooks from lures and replace with twisted wire shaped like hooks or snip points off with heavy wire cutters. I have put chunks of cork on ends of each point, these look like baited hooks! From twigs I randomly tie bobbers and lures with mono filament (fishing line). I like to use cafe curtains with curtain clips on these swags because they hang below bobbers and lures. Curtains with long tabs work great as well.