Easy no-carve pumpkins made with river rock and rope! Continue reading “DIY Rock & Rope Pumpkins”
The spirit of fall and cozy coastal vibes all in one DIY, with the help of rope, distressed paint, and “sea oats”. Continue reading “DIY Coastal Fall Vase”
This could be the easiest yet most heartfelt gift that works for so many different occasions. Continue reading “The Perfect DIY Housewarming Gift”
This simple shell bloom craft made of mussel shells we picked up on the coast of Maine brings back such blissful memories! Continue reading “DIY Mussel Shell Bloom”
A beachy bulletin board (full of ocean puns!), a “Whalecome” sign, and a “No Shell Phones” box — all DIY! Continue reading “3 DIY Crafts for an Ocean-Themed Classroom”
In the hustle-and-bustle of our daily life, it’s so easy to take our friendships and connections with loved ones for granted! It’s one of life’s true blessings — good friendships — and what better way to celebrate them than with a craft party, where creativity and good vibes are contagious?
So I set out to see if those sweet friends of mine would be up for such an adventure! With them on board, the planning began. Here’s my adventure “how-to” so that it might make it easier for you to plan such a joyful gathering (not everyone has summers off like I do, I know!).
A printable shopping list, tips, setup ideas and photos are all here for the taking!
These beachy Mason jars can’t help but ooze vintage seaside charm! Continue reading “DIY Color Duo Mason Jars”
It’s that time of the year to get patriotic! To celebrate our nation, I had a hankering to make a sea inspired wood flag to hang on our door or wall. But do I want it to be a classic red-white-and-blue? Or a more toned-down, neutral wood plank style? I couldn’t decide, so I made both!
Which one do YOU like best?
If you’re up for making one (or both) of these, I included a ‘how-to” below. For both flags, here’s the basic formula:
wood rectangle + painter’s tape + paint + starfish = flag!
Take your pick and I’ll walk you through making it. With the painter’s tape, it’s pretty simple and no freehand required! Continue reading “DIY Sea Inspired Patriotic Flags: Classic vs. Neutral”
A beautiful canvas project inspired by one of the most intriguing of shelled creatures. Continue reading “DIY Paper Nautilus Canvas Art”
A cute carryall for a kids’ room that you can decorate yourself makes for a sweet personalized gift. Continue reading “DIY Baby Gift”
On one of my recent pottery painting adventures, I was graciously introduced to silkscreens! If you’re like me and aren’t familiar with these, it is such an easy, foolproof way of getting a detailed design to perfection. It almost felt WAY too easy and addicting, as if I could have picked out ten other items to paint the same way right there and then. Continue reading “Pottery Painting With Silkscreens”
I’ve been working with burlap lately, and it is such a great material to bring that coastal feel to your home, whether it’s near the beach or not. There are so many different combinations and looks that you can get from using burlap, but of course in true beach style I had to make my wreath beachy. Here are the supplies and process that I used, but there are so many possibilities! Continue reading “DIY Burlap & Sea Star Wreath”
One of the most exciting things about illustrating children’s books is choosing colors! We wanted to show the ocean and its creatures accurately but VIBRANTLY to really captivate the imagination. So, at the craft store down the acrylic paint aisle, our conversation went something like this: Continue reading “Illustrating Behind the Scenes: Choosing Colors”
For a little birthday surprise, I monogrammed burlap drawstring bags and filled them with sea salt caramel chocolates. They would make fantastic party or wedding favors too. It was an easy DIY project that requires just five materials: Continue reading “DIY Monogrammed Burlap Drawstring Bag”
A great way to keep a reminder of your beach travels is to create a sand collection using spice jars and a spice rack. It makes for a beautiful display, keeping you connected to those cherished beachy feelings. I must admit, though, I haven’t been to every beach that I have a jar for… Continue reading “Make Your Own Sand Collection + Lesson Idea”
We love having a wreath on our door all year round, changing it up with the seasons. Here’s a coastal wreath that will get you feeling relaxed and like you’re coming home to the beach! Continue reading “DIY Coastal Sea Star Wreath”
One of the projects I have students complete in my Marine Biology class is to make a 3D replica of the ocean animal that they chose to research. The goal is to make our own “aquarium” with displays of information to go along with their 3D creation. While there are other options for completing this particular project (video or lesson), they seem to have the most fun with this one!
Take a look at some of their creations!
Here’s an easy DIY to bring the beach home with you, or share the beach love as a wedding favor. I love collecting sand from our travels, and wanted to share the tradition with others on a special girls’ birthday weekend to Miami, Florida. Continue reading “Beach Memories in a Bottle: DIY Keepsake”