Seasons · Summer

Seahorse Bucket

Hi everyone! I am working on a project that I’m very proud of…or will be when finished! I needed to practice making a seahorse for the project. I think this little guy came out so cute….

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I had this little galvanized bucket…it seems like forever. I am pretty sure I picked it up at a craft store.

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So now I had to try my hand at drawing a seahorse. When I was satisfied with the drawing, I cut it out and pinned it on a piece of burlap, then cut it out!

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I had purchased these shells for another project…. I purchased them at Walmart.

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Don’t you love these shells…..so pretty…TIP Alert: I have a really fantastic tip that I just happened upon. Well you know how raveled the ends get with burlap, I tried spraying it with Rusoleum Clear Spray Sealer. It worked!!! The seahorse was so much easier to handle. It stiffened it up just a little bit, but I love how the ends aren’t raveling anymore. I then used ‘Goop’ to put the little guy on the pail. Then I decorated him with some shells…..So what do you think?

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Crafts · Fun & Easy DIY · Seasons · Summer

Memories in a Bottle

This is my most favorite original idea! I made this craft a few years ago and posted on Hometalk, and everyone that sees it loves them, so I made more to show a tutorial for you.

When my sons were young, we spent a lot of summer vacations at the beach. They collected a lot of shells! I kept them all these years.

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I started by gathering all the items I would need for the project. These are the items you will need for this easy project….

you’ll need: Clean clear wine bottle, Sand, Shells, Photo, String, Funnel and Cork

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I used a funnel to transfer the sand into the bottle.

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I added the shells. I remember when my sons were collecting shells…they always found these small ones. The hole is small, so it worked out perfect. My sons always seemed to find those small shells.

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I didn’t want that panoramic view, so I cut the sides of picture just to see in back of bottle. Then you gently roll your photo, printed side in. I used a skewer to poke it down and position it.

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Next, I took some string and wrapped it around the top.

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On the bottle to the left, I took a piece of string and a larger shell, glue both ends to inside the shell. It forms a hoop, to hang on bottle. Pic on right, I just left a long piece of string dangle after wrapping around the top. I hot glued larger shells along the string.

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What is so special about this is the pic of the kids at the beach, searching for the shells that are actually in the bottle! Perfect keepsake for memories. You can create your own memories..

 

Seasons · Summer

Seashell Monogram Letter

I love decorating with seashells! I had this letter ‘H’ I was waiting to decorate. If it works out, I will decorate the ‘ O M E’ letters I have. So this is what I collected together… The burlap ribbon and net wired ribbon came from the dollar store…The ruffled burlap from Walmart along with the letters.

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I started with one of those cardboard letters, lots of depth. I fiddled around with different coverings, but at the end I went with the burlap. I think it’s makes the shells more prominent. I wrapped it with the burlap. I glued up to the top back and hot glued it down. (If your putting this outside, use a glue specifically for that)

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I then played around with the net wire ribbon. I love that ribbon. I glued it at the top back, and played with it a little as I went down to opposite corner and glued it down.

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I have some sea glass I have been wanting to use……so I played around with it. I knew I wanted a starfish….or 3. So I put the biggest at top left. I put more of the glass in the bottom two sides. I just spray painted some berries I had white….and added that. This will be nice on my summer theme! Don’t we love summer! Oh and by the way, I sprayed the whole thing with Rust oleum Clear Coat.

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It picked up the natural colors of the glass, and shells. Now I have to work on the O M E HOME….It will look great during the summer on my mantle! Thank you for looking!

 

 

Garden · Seasons · Summer

Sea Shell Table

This is one of my first original creations. You to can make this beautiful table so easily, and with just a few supplies you may have on hand. Put it by your pool or between two chairs, and just wait for the compliments…

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I had a 20″ terra cotta pot that I painted yellow. I purchased a bag of sand and a 24″ glass top. I already had a bag shells.This is what you will need:

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A terra cotta pot is very heavy. I wanted to be able to move it around without hurting myself…so I gathered pieces of Styrofoam and cardboard to fill the pot 2/3 up from top, this would keep the pot from being too heavy.

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I cut a circle from cardboard that fit pretty good on top.dscn0344Then I added the sand.dscn0346

Then you just add your shells and the glass top….

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There you go! A cute outdoor table!

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Source: Sea Shell Table

This is the link to the table top:Glass Table Top: 20 inch Round 1/2 inch Thick Beveled Edge Tempered

You will absolutely love this table…your own creation!!!

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Crafts · Seasons · Summer · wreaths

Starfish Wreath

 

A friend was over today, I suddenly had a idea what to do with a green wreath I had. I held the wreath and the burlap in my hand and said “I have a idea for these”! Instantly she said ‘I want it”. I hadn’t even started with it…oh well.

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Here is what I used….

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Plus the shells and turtle. I started wrapping the rolled burlap around the wreath.

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I wrapped it all around to hide the wreath. Oh, and I used my glue gun at the beginning and at the end. It was nice using my glue gun again. So fast. Anyway, after it was wrapped all around I sprayed it with this to keep the wreath unraveling…really it helps!

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I then started doing the same with the net like burlap wrapping it all around.

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I knew I wanted a starfish in the corner, so that is where I started. I just added the starfish, then the shells. It needed something, and I remember Arlene saying she wanted it for her beach themed bathroom. So, I had been making the turtles for another project and thought it would be perfect for her. I made it out of material. I then sprayed it with the clear sealer so it would be a little stiff.
I then added the netting I had used to wrap around the wreath. I took a piece and started in in the front of the Starfish went up and wrapped around top to back of wreath, and then down. I also added the small rope to use for hanging. I hot glued the rope on, then stapled.
I added shells and that’s it. I’m sorry I don’t have any pics to show you…she’s coming back later to pick up. Lol.
If you have any questions at all, just ask and I will respond quickly…thank you!

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