Finding inspiration for a beached-themed “Big Boy Room” for Little Guy is pretty easy here in the Keys. Ordinary, useful items here in the islands become inspired, Pottery Barn-esque accessories. Take for example a sailor’s “monkey fist” knot. Instead of using it as a weight in a heaving line, why not use it as a book end, door stop, or hanging decoration in a nautical bedroom?
My original plan was to use the knot as a hanging accessory on the dresser knob – but then I realized, if created with a long loop at the top, the monkey fist would also double as a noose…probably not the safest bedroom accessory out there for a toddler.
I had pinned a tutorial created by Jennifer at Oh So Very Happy for a monkey fist door stop and figured I could easily make it into a book end by making my monkey fist slightly smaller. I gathered some odd-length rope at the marine supply store (it was super cheap because it was too short for most boating needs) and made a ball out of tape since I did not have a tennis ball.
I followed a combination of Jennifer’s tutorial and this video to make my mini monkey fist knot (About 5″ diameter). I must have watched the video 30 times before getting my knot right, but I can now make a monkey fist knot in my sleep…probably not a bad skill to have.
Originally I was puzzled as to why Jennifer suggested wearing gloves until THIS happened:
The knot looks adorable leaned against a stack of books, and has enough weight to hold books up vertically as well. I like that the loop can be positioned in different ways depending how you are using it.