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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Beach Sign

Summer is here!

There is nothing like the smell of salty air and sand between your toes.
Still dreaming of the beach though.  For me growing up in New Jersey was something I always treasured, especially since I moved away when I was in High School. There are so many memories I hold on to. My family always got together and when they did we had a blast. Being from up north we were loud and proud and loved being together.

My grandparents took us to the shore when we were little. Atlantic City was their spot and eventually Cape May. I remember the smell of peanuts and the smell of the boardwalk like it was yesterday.

I had the opportunity to ride all the rides on the pier in Atlantic City, Seaside Heights and Ocean City.
There was nothing like it. We would sometimes rent bicycles and ride on the boardwalk early in the morning. We would spend the day on the beach, go back to the hotel to take a nap and get ready for night.

Night time was the best! All those lights from the rides and games like skee ball and miniature golf. It was so exciting.

I am not sure if I will see a beach this year. One thing I know for sure is I will be surrounding myself with beachy things.
Doing so keeps me happy.

I love this beach inspired project so much. The hardest part was deciding which wooden cut out to use!

Old Time Pottery sells these adorable wooden wall hangings of whales and seahorses. I knew the moment I saw these I had to do a project with them.

I love whales. I hope to one day fulfill my bucket list of seeing them, hundreds of them swimming together!
This little sign will remind me and keep me dreaming.

Supplies needed

One of the beach wooden wall hangings
rattan mat
stencil (letters)
paint pen white

I started ripping strips of this beautiful fabric I found at Old Time Pottery and feeding it through the rattan mat holes. I love that they have fabric and I have done several projects with some I purchased there, like recovering chairs and making bunting.

Make the strips at a desired length and keep knotting across the bottom

You are making a fringe with tattered edges. Nothing precise. That is what gives it charm.

Turn the whale over and locate the toothed hanger. You will use this to tie your wire through and wire to rattan mat. I also wired the tale to keep it secure.

Using a stencil I traced the words "Beach Love"

Use a white paint pen to color in the letters

You can add shells or a starfish or leave as is. I used two push pins lined up with the rattan holes to hang on the fireplace.

This will also look great on a front door!!
I getting tons of nice comments when people see it.

Now ...Who's ready for the beach?


Home on the Corner said...

Love, love, love!! I love all things beachy too! In fact, my daughter made me a string art whale to hang in my bathroom and we got a little glimpse of a whales tail last month in Hawaii! Pinning!

Deneen@dreaming-n-color said...

Thanks.Would love to see the whales. Bucket list.

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Jaime Wiebel said...

We are building a beach house in the back yard for our kids. Kind of like a tree house but not in a tree. It was the closest I could to the beach, which is where I would love to be all the time. This project would be totally cute. Thanks for sharing. Your neighbor at #OMHGFF

Cindy DIY beautify said...

So cute for summer! We love beachy decor too!

daydreaming beauty said...

I love these shades! I've seen lots of beachy themed house stuff lately, and I LOVE it. Thank you for sharing your DIY at the Best of the Blogosphere! we'd love to have you back tomorrow with another post!

Sahana Ajeethan said...

That rattan mat adds so much character to the sign. Love it. Thank you for sharing with us at #HomeMattersParty. We would love to have you again next week.

Unknown said...

Ready to feel my feet in the sand. Whale is so cute.

Frugal Hausfrau said...

This is a darling sign! Thanks for linking up to us on Throwback Thursday!


Unknown said...

Wonderfully creative! Love this tutorial! Thank you for sharing this with us at #SaucySaturdays!