We have a photo frame constructed from old lobster traps that houses a favorite piece of art that my husband and I purchased together when we first got married. We adore the handcrafted lobster trap frames…nearly as much as the art itself…but they cost a pretty penny.
The design itself was pretty simple. I figured if I could just get my hands on an old lobster trap, I could make one myself. However, living in the mid-Atlantic, hours from the nearest ocean, I was a bit perplexed with where I could find a pre-worn lobster trap.
I sat on the idea for a year…until driving down Overseas Highway in the Florida Keys, I spotted the most beautiful sight…a old, well-weathered man, sitting in a lawn chair on the side of the highway selling old buoys and broken lobster traps. He was asking $2 per lobster trap section, and we negotiated for 3 for $5. The guy probably would have sold them for less. I would have certainly paid more.
I am so fortunate that my husband supports my crafty whims, and will often ask things like, “Hey, do you want to pull over here and get some scrap nautical rope?” or “Ohh, look, I saved you this container. I thought you might be able to make something from it.” Comments like these are only one of the 10,000 reasons I am so lucky to have him in my life.
After we hauled the grimy lobster traps back to PA, we dismantled them. I also used some light hand sanding to remove a bit of the remnants of its former life in the sea – such as the abandoned shells and salt sludge that was caked on some of the wood.
I wanted to frame an 8″ by 10″ print for the boys’ beach room, so I laid the wood strips around my print, made a few marks as to where to cut, and had my husband Sawz-all the strips.
The whole thing is held together with Gorilla Glue, which I made sure dried (without leaving space) by using clamps to hold the pieces of wood together while it dried. Easiest project ever…and super cute and beachy, right?