Driftwood Wreath

Good morning! I’m back today with another driftwood project, or maybe it’s another wreath project! You can see my other driftwood projects here  and here and here and here. You can find the wreath projects here  and here.

I had the idea to make a driftwood star. My husband cut out a wooden star for me, but when I started to lay the pieces on, I realized I didn’t have enough small pieces of driftwood. So I poked around in my garage and found a large piece of cardboard I had been saving. I figured it would work for a driftwood wreath instead. I tried a few different things to trace for my circle, and ended up with this bucket. I traced the outside of the circle first. It measures about 16 inches.

driftwood wreath tracing a bucket on cardboard

Once I had the outside circle traced, I turned the bucket over and centered it as close as I could. Then I traced the inside circle.

driftwood wreath tracing the circle

I cut around the outside circle first and then poked a hole in the middle and cut the inside circle. Now I had a cardboard form for my driftwood to be attached to. The edges don’t have to be perfect, since the driftwood will cover it up.

driftwood wreath cardboard circledriftwood wreath cardboard cutout

I started with the bottom layer, using bigger pieces and laying them around the edges. Once I had it the way I liked, I hot glued them on.

driftwood wreath large driftwood pieces

After the bottom layer was secure, I started adding in smaller pieces to fill in the top layer. I kept adding until I could no longer see the cardboard and it was filled in nicely.

driftwood wreath layered pieces

I felt like it needed a little something more, so I added one starfish to the bottom. I hung it on an old window I have sitting on my faux mantle. The perfect coastal touch!

driftwood wreath old window

I thought the song ‘Down By The Bay’ was the perfect saying for my chalkboard.

driftwood wreath mantle and shellsdriftwood wreath old window mantle

A lantern with some fairy lights and a small bowl of seashell necklaces add to the beach feel.

driftwood wreath with starfishdriftwood wreath with starfish (1)driftwood wreath chalkboard

Now I just need the warm weather to match my new wreath! Don’t you just love that really curvy weathered piece of driftwood at the bottom?

driftwood wreath bowl of shelves

Thank you so much for coming by today! I hope you have a wonderful week!

driftwood wreath styled on a mantle

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Memory Keeper Map Key-Chain

Good morning! Are you back into the swing of things or still on holiday mode? I am back at work, but the kid count is very low, so it’s still a slow week. It’s kind of a nice way to get back into the routine.

I like to make things out of maps and I made these key chains for my co-workers for Christmas, so I thought I would share them with you. I have other map projects here and here.  They are such a simple project, but are a great way to celebrate the city you live in or maybe that special place you have. Here’s the list of items you will need:

  • small wooden shapes
  • paint-color of your choice
  • Mod Podge
  • paint brushes
  • map of the city or place you want
  • pencil
  • key chain or loop
  • drill

map key chain supplies

I had this package of Woodsies in my craft stash and chose to use the oval ones.

map key chain wood pieces

I painted the back and sides of the piece white. You can pick whatever color you like, but you only have to paint the back and sides.

Map keychain wooden pieces

I was able to find some small maps online and printed them out, 4 on a page. I googled my city and then choose the one I thought would work best for my wood piece.

Map keychain city map

I used my Woodsie as a template to trace around my city. I centered it as close as possible and used a pencil to trace.

map keychain tracing your town

Once my pieces were traced, I cut them all out.

map key chain hometown circled

I painted Mod Podge on the unpainted side of the Woodsie, giving it a pretty good layer.

map key chain white paint mod podge

map key chain mod podge

Once the Mod Podge was on, I centered the map piece on top and gave it another coat of Mod Podge. When the piece was dry, I trimmed the edges of the paper.

map key chain last coat of mod podge

I added a small ring to each one and they were done!

map key chain city of hanford

I love how this turned out!

map key chain hanford city

map key chain keys and sunglasses

map key chain purse, glasses, keys

map key chain scarf orange and turquoise

map key chain with sunglasses, purse

Do you have a place that is special to you? Maybe your hometown, or a place you have traveled to? I would love to hear about it! Let me know in the comments!

map key chains with keys

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a great week!

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Driftwood Starfish

Good morning! Well, this will probably be my last summer post this year. Crazy, right? It’s hard to think about fall when it’s still over 100 degrees outside!

I found this cute idea over at The Wicker House.  Thanks Emily! Great craft!

I thought I would give it a try with some of the driftwood I picked up when we went to the beach. I found some slim pieces that weren’t too long and some small chunks of wood to add to the back. I already had the twine.

driftwood starfish supplies

I started with the long pieces that I wanted to go together and a piece that would work for the middle.

driftwood starfish 5 pieces

I used hot glue to attach all the pieces together.

driftwood starfish hot glue and twine

I then glued the end of the twine to the back of the piece of wood to secure it and then started wrapping it around all the long pieces.

driftwood starfish with twine

I continued wrapping until everything seemed secure and then added a little more hot glue on the back to finish it off.

driftwood starfish wrapping with twine

Such a simple project, but looks so cute!

driftwood starfish with sailboat

These starfish give the perfect finishing touch to any coastal vignette.

driftwood starfish 5 pieces and twine

I wrapped this one with string instead of twine and it looks great too.

driftwood starfish single 5 pieces with stringdriftwood starfish small starfishdriftwood starfish with bucket

I love the little extra touch these starfish bring to my home.

driftwood starfish with twine boats

Are you ready for fall or are you still hanging on to summer?

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Fun Ideas To Do With Seashells

Good morning! Do you collect seashells like I do? Last week I showed you my new storage box I made for my collection.

seashell box makeover turquoise letters

I also made a seashell mobile to hang in my yard.

boho seashell mobile hanging outside

I’ve used them quite a bit in my decorating too!

family room bookshelves sea urchins

I even made a seashell garland!

dining room refresh seashell garland

So what else can you make? I found some more ideas around the internet.

Shells can help keep your houseplants happy. By placing seashells on top of the soil, they helps to keep the moisture in the flower pot.

Of course, you can also decorate your flower pot.

Deep shells are perfect for planting succulents in. These are the cutest!

DIY Sea Urchin Succulent Planters- A lovely natural way to display your succulents is in sea urchin shells! Here is how to turn a bunch of empty shells into lovely DIY sea urchin succulent planters! This is such an easy craft, and the end result works great with beach themed decor! | indoor gardening, ways to decorate with succulents, #DIY #craft #succulent #beach

How about using a large open shell to hold your little items next to your bed? I love the gold on these!

This is so simple, I don’t know why I haven’t thought of it! A nightlight!

I made a garland, but not a wind-chime. this is so pretty!

DIY Seashell & Bead Wind Chime - artsychicksrule.com #coastaldecor #beadwindchime #seashellprojects #diywindchime #seashellwindchime

Are you going to try any of these projects! The night-light is my first one! Have a great week!

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Festive Paper Christmas Tree Garland

 

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Good morning!

I have another craft for you today. I made this one a while back and I am just getting it posted. I see all kinds of garlands out there today, but this is definitely one of a kind!

Here’s what you need:

  • scrapbook paper
  • buttons
  • string, twine or ribbon

I started out by picking out some scrapbook paper that I liked and ones that coordinated together. I have quite a bit on hand, but there are so many pretty ones to choose from at the craft stores. You can make a garland in any color combination you like.

Christmas Tree Garland Papers 2017

I drew some trees freehand, but didn’t really like how wonky they turned out, so I ended up tracing some others from a pattern I found online. I made 2 trees from 7 different papers, for a total of 14 trees.

Christmas Tree Garland Sketches 2017

These look a little more normal! 🙂

Christmas Tree Garland Cutout Trees 2017

After cutting them all out, I used a hole punch near the top. Then I went through my buttons and picked the ones that I thought looked best with each color tree. The buttons with the shanks on the back worked best.

Christmas tree Garland Buttons 2017

I placed the shank of the button through the hole and then threaded the gold wire through the button. I twisted the wire so the button wouldn’t slip out. I left a couple of inches between each tree until I had the garland as long as I wanted.

Christmas Tree Garland Stringing Through Button 2017

I did end up using the wonky trees too. I had enough star buttons to use one on each tree and hung it on the headboard in the guest room.

Christmas Tree Garland Wonky Trees 2017Christmas Tree Garland Wonky Trees Headboard 2017

I used the other trees on the foot-board in the master bedroom. I like how it adds just a little touch of Christmas to the room.

Christmas Tree Garland Footboard 2017

I used it this year in my guest room too! Here’s the post if you want to take a look!

Christmas in the guest room cupboard

Thanks for stopping by today!

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