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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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

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

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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?

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

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Seashell and Driftwood Ornament

Good morning! I have an exciting post today! I am taking part in MyPinterventures Ornament Exchange! (Thanks Erlene!) I believe this is the 4th year I have participated in the exchange and it’s fun to see what all the other bloggers come up with for their ornaments and see what your partner made for you!

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I was partnered with Michelle from Coastal Bohemian. Of course, coastal always works for me! I picked up the driftwood from the beach this past summer and I bought the small seashells ($2.99) and charms ($1.99) from Michaels. I already had the pretty string from another project. Other than those pieces, I just needed my drill and my hot glue gun.

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I started out by drilling a hole in the top of each piece of driftwood, so there would be a place for the string. This was pretty easy since the wood is so soft.

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I picked which charms I wanted to use and snipped off the ring at the top with wire cutters. I used hot glue to attach it to the driftwood.

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I played around with different placement of the seashells, trying out different colors and sizes. Once I was happy with it, I hot glued them into place.

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The last step was to tie a piece of string through the hole so it could hang from the tree.

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They turned out so pretty! I’m going to make a couple of extra for my own tree too.

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I hope Michelle enjoys hanging these on her tree as much as I enjoyed making them.

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The pretty colors and seashells immediately take me back to the beach.

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Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope you take time to go visit the other bloggers and see their ornaments too! If you would like to add your ornament how-to to the link party, go here.

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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.

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

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I used hot glue to attach all the pieces together.

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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.

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

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Such a simple project, but looks so cute!

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

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

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

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

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Rustic Crate with Starfish

Good morning! Are you ready for another week? Are your kids in school yet or do they still have a couple of weeks off? I don’t start until August 28, so I still have a little bit of time to get some projects done. I have a pretty easy one today.

I have had this wallpaper border for longer than I can remember. I keep coming across it in my stash and think I should do something with it. Well, I finally came up with an easy project. I didn’t use too much of it, but at least it’s a start. A few weeks ago, I bid on a couple of crates from an online auction nearby and ended up winning these 2 crates, plus a few other things. I painted both of them white, giving one to Lauren, which is the one I forgot to take after pictures of. I did better this time. 🙂

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I left it rough so it would still have a rustic look to it.

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I cut a piece of the wallpaper to fit across the center of the bottom of the crate. I cut it a little longer and then I will trim it after it’s applied. Because this is old wallpaper, I had to get it wet first, so I dipped it into a sink full of water.

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I had a spatula handy, so I used it to smooth down the paper and make sure all the bubbles were out and the edges were down. Once the paper had dried, I used a blade to cut off the excess.

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I’m thinking of using this in my bathroom, if I ever get it done, but for now, I placed it on my bar cart with a few other summer items.

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A lantern and some seashells bring it all together.

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I made the seashell garland a few years ago.

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I hope you are enjoying your last few weeks of summer! See you next week!

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Here are a few other seashell DIY’s you might enjoy.
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The Great State Of Hawaii-Part 3

Happy Monday everyone! Wait! Is there such a thing?! Why do Mondays always seem to be a hard day? It’s so difficult to get back into the routine of school again, especially this close to the end. My preschoolers are definitely feeling it too! At least we can go outside and let them run off some energy. We have 3 weeks left and then we get a much needed break. Yay!!

Since I was thinking about vacation, I decided to show a few (!) more of my Hawaii pictures. I realized I hadn’t done any for awhile. I’m in the midst of some projects, but nothing is complete yet, so this will help fill the gap. Plus it’s nice to dream again!! Here is Part 1 and Part 2 if you missed them.

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One of our free mornings, we decided to check out the aquarium. I decided I saw more of a variety of fish here than I did when we snorkeled, and this was much easier! I don’t remember all the names of the fish, but it’s so relaxing just to look at them and imagine the water and waves.

We probably all know these fish from Finding Nemo-Clown Fish! Did you know that Finding Dory is coming out next month? Can’t wait!

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This little blue guy looked so pretty in front of the coral.

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Yes, those are bright orange teeth on this fellow! I don’t think I would want to meet him underwater!

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A beautiful purple sea urchin.

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Jellyfish are just so cool to watch as they float in the water. Obviously, this is an Upside Down Jellyfish.

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I love starfish and use them all over my house to decorate. I loved how these were all in a row.

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More jellyfish!

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One more! Isn’t this amazing!?

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Well, hello grumpy!

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I love to watch the seahorses too. The way they use their tail to hang onto the plants is so cool!

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Love these guys!

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They are all so pretty!

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Well, I’m not so sure about these two!

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This guy just stayed in one spot, upright, in the water. He would spin in slow circles around and around.

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Naptime!

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After the aquarium we met up with Haley and a couple of her friends for lunch at the famous Duke’s restaurant. This was named for the Duke Kahanamoku, who is famous for making the sport of surfing so popular. We had some really good food and it was fun to meet up with the kids and find out about what they had been doing too.

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We even managed to get a family photo.

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Do you have any vacation plans for this summer? I would love to hear where you are going!  Thanks for stopping by today!

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