gallamore west: beach decorations
Showing posts with label beach decorations. Show all posts
Showing posts with label beach decorations. Show all posts

Friday, August 26, 2011

Quick and easy wall art!

Are your kiddos back in school yet?  

We're soaking in the last week and change of summer here, but even after school starts, we'll be keeping it beachy here all year long in our "beachy" themed Sun Room!

A couple of skinny little walls {brats!} were crying out for some love, so Sam and I made these in about five minutes for just $ 4.

I had lots of leftover shells from my beachy burlap wreath...

so I pulled out a couple of Ikea frames {$1.99 each}, some scrapbook paper, a few supplies {paper cutter, glue gun, pencil}, and had my best helper pick out some of his favorite shells...

We just traced the paper, pulled out the glass that came with the frames, hot glued on the shells, and hung them on the wall.  They coordinate so well with my Beachy Burlap Subway Art too!

I'm all about quick, easy, and inexpensive craft projects these days!

Friday, July 22, 2011

"Beachy" Burlap Subway Art!

Don't you just love it when a project pops into your mind and it actually come out like that picture in your mind?  Well, that's kind of how this one worked out {except for a pretty major measurement error...oops!  But in the end I think I like it better this way.}

I'm transforming a blank slate Sun Room into a "Beachy" Sun Room and I'm loving it!  There are Subway Art projects all over blog land right now.  Here's my take on it...

I love this project because...

1) I'm seriously crushing on burlap these days {just ask my friend Jen about how much we love it!}

2) I love making and treasuring memories... every beach I chose for this project are places that we've been to and loved, and the frame is very special to me too... more on that at the end of this post.

3) Total cost= about $4 for some burlap and paint.  I had everything else around the house already!

{Chincoteague Island, BC... that's Before Children, so circa 2001-2003}

Here's what I did...

I measured the size of my frame onto a piece of cardboard from one of our millions of moving boxes...  totally measured it wrong, but I'll get to that soon.  Oh, and there are my toes too! 

Cut the burlap {based off of my incorrect measurements}
{I ironed it to take out the wrinkles BEFORE taking the water out of the iron and somehow it dripped.  Ever smelled wet burlap and wet cardboard= ugh.  Next time I'll make sure my iron is water-free!}

Brainstormed with the Hubs about all of the beaches we've been to and loved {he had a MUCH better memory about this than I did... I almost gave up on this project before ever starting because I could not remember more than 10 locations... I ended up writing down 24 and not even being able to fit all of them!}

I cut my own stencils from all the fonts I have on my Cricut cartridges using freezer paper.  I cut about 2-3 locations then ironed them on as I went.  I'm a "jump in and do it" crafter so I didn't draw out a sketch of what I wanted it to look like.  I just tried to vary the fonts so no 2 locations touching each other had the same font, and I tried to spread out the beaches so that I mixed beach locations {rather than clumping them together by geography}.

Then I just went for it... a VERY time-consuming project, but I love the end result so it was definitely worth that 2 AM bedtime :)

Once I had them all ironed on nicely, I measured again and realized that I cut my cardboard and burlap about 6 inches too wide and had to figure out which beaches would get cut off {so my sincerest apologizes go to Dana Point, Crown Point, and PB... which I added at the end because I couldn't leave off the location where my husband and I MET for the 1st time!} 

I used clothespins to hold the burlap onto the cardboard for hot gluing, then wrapped the burlap onto the back, about 1-2 inches around and glued it down.  **If I do this again, I would definitely do this step BEFORE ironing on all of those stencils**

Now the fun part... paint that burlap beauty!  I used Jamaican Sea by Folk Art and just one little tiny bottle surprising covered the whole thing... although I was REALLY squeezing it out at the end.

I painted about 3 beach names, then stopped to pull of the freezer paper stencils.  If you paint the whole thing, then pull them off, you'll have paper stuck all over the place {trust me on this} so pull it off as you go. 

Let it dry {oh, my ridiculous impatience kicks in at this step every time... good thing this dried quickly!}, put it in my frame, and hang it... love it. 

 A side note, but a very important one for me... I KNEW I wanted to use this particular frame because it was a wedding gift from my Uncle Larry and Aunt Susan.  My Aunt was a beautiful, sweet woman who passed away from cancer.  We honestly haven't used the frame for a few years and have had multiple garage sales where I almost put it out for sale, and at the last minute held it back every time.  I am SO glad that I did.  It now holds memories of my Aunt Susan, along with memories of many fun beach trips with my own little family.

 It even got compliments before it was hanging on the wall.  And I'm so glad because I am loving it!

I love linking up some of to these fun parties! 


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