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7 DIYs for a Coastal Thanksgiving

It’s November! and I wanted to share some of my favorite DIYs to help get you ready for a coastal Thanksgiving.  No coastal Thanksgiving table is complete without a few items from the beach, like seashells and sand dollars.  These DIYs will show you ways to add your own beachy flair to your holiday table setting.  Take a look:

 

7 DIYs for a Coastal Thanksgiving

burlap chargers via sand + sisal

 

7 DIYs for a Coastal Thanksgiving

DIY starfish napkin rings via our crafty mom

 

7 DIYs for a Coastal Thanksgiving

DIY pumpkin place cards via sand + sisal

 

7 DIYs for a Coastal Thanksgiving

sea oats and nautical rope wreath via living porpoisefully

 

7 DIYs for a Coastal Thanksgiving

nautical aqua pumpkins via living porpoisefully

 

 

7 DIYs for a Coastal Thanksgiving

DIY sand dollar place cards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DIY Mermaid Pumpkins and more!

I wanted to share some of my favorite coastal carved pumpkins which of course includes mermaids!!  There are also some painted pumpkins because sometimes you just don’t want to deal with a big ol’ mess.  I haven’t picked a favorite yet but the mermaid ones are super cute!  Check ’em out:

 

DIY Mermaid Pumpkins and more!

Little Mermaid Pumpkin for the win from the farm girl gabs

 

DIY Mermaid Pumpkins and more!

Mermaid Scale Pumpkin al la alpha mom! I love this one!!

 

DIY Mermaid Pumpkins and more!

This insanely carved Little Mermaid Pumpkin

 

DIY Mermaid Pumpkins and more!

Sweetest seashell pumpkins from Jax Does Design

 

DIY Mermaid Pumpkins and more!

I bet this Starfish Pumpkin looks awesome all lit up! via HGTV

 

DIY Mermaid Pumpkins and more!

Because we all need a little Captain Jack Sparrow in our life!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DIY Nautical Rope Tray

I’m excited to share my latest DIY with you!  This DIY is for a nautical rope tray which gives that perfect coastal vibe to an entryway or coffee table.  I used mine on my entryway table and I love it!  Not only does it help brighten up the small space but it always creates a stylish vignette with pieces I already had grouped together.  I used the same rope from my other DIY, DIY Coastal Rope Planter.  I had a bunch of rope left over from that project and still have some more even after making this rope tray.  Not sure what else I can do with it, but I’m sure I’ll come up with something.  Check out the step by step to create your own nautical rope tray for your space:

DIY Nautical Rope Tray

DIY Nautical Rope Tray

 

  • rope
  • scissors
  • thread
  • liquid stitch
  • something to protect your counter or table

DIY Nautical Rope Tray

*Note for size reference:  The first bend you make and how many times you go around that bend with rope will determine the overall size of your finished tray.  I made a bend at about 1.5″ and my overall tray size was 8.5″  x  7.25″.

Step 1:  Make the first bend of your rope and glue together using a line of liquid stitch.  You’ll want to tie a piece of thread around the bended portion (see below) to help hold it in place while the glue dries.  *Note:  Make sure you don’t get any glue on the thread, this will let you cut the thread and pull it out once you’ve finished your tray.  **Also note that you will not need to keep tying thread around every bend just one or two in the beginning.

Tying a piece of thread around your first bend after placing a line of liquid stitch will help hold it together while you work on your piece.

Step 2:  Continue adding a line of liquid stitch as you move your way around.  I only needed to tie one more piece of thread and the rest of the tray held together pretty well, even while I was still working on it.  Keep going around till you get to the size that you would like.

DIY Nautical Rope Tray

This is what my tray looked like finished while drying. You can see the two pieces of thread tied in the middle. Once the tray was fully dried, I cut them and pulled them out from between the rope.

Step 3:  (Optional)  I added a short wall around my tray to give it more of a tray like feel and less of a large coaster vibe.  This step is optional and if you don’t want to add a wall then your tray is done.  If you would like to add a wall, simple start putting the liquid stitch on top of the rope and stacking it.  Very gently press down on the stacked pieces of rope as you go around to ensure connection.   This way you won’t have any gaps in your wall once the glue dries.

DIY Nautical Rope Tray

A closeup of my finished rope tray.

Step 4:  Once you’ve reached the wall height you would like, cut the rope and voila!  your tray is finished!  Let dry for a full 24 hours or per instructions on your liquid stitch, before placing objects in the tray or placing the tray on a table.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Top 7 DIY for Summer

Are you ready to get crafty this Summer?  I know I am!  Today I’m sharing my top 7 DIY for Summer.  My favorite is the DIY Kaftan (shown immediately below).  I love the idea of actually being able to wear some of the beautiful fabrics I’ve been spotting!  Check it out:

Top 7 Coastal DIY for Summer

DIY Kaftan via Trash to Couture

 

Top 7 Coastal DIY for Summer

DIY Mermaid Scrub via Love Vividly

 

Top 7 Coastal DIY for Summer

DIY Beach Tote via Dawn Nicole

 

Top 7 Coastal DIY for Summer

DIY Sea Glass Lanterns via Princess Pinky Girl

Top 7 Coastal DIY for Summer

DIY Scalloped Denim Shorts via A Pair and A Spare

 

Top 7 Coastal DIY for Summer

DIY Citronella Candles via Don’t Waste the Crumbs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Top 7 DIY Coastal Easter Eggs

It’s that time of the year again!  Let’s break out the dye, silly plastic table cloth and get creative.  Today I’m sharing my top 7 coastal Easter eggs.  These DIYs work if you’re having a beachy, coastal or nautical Easter celebration.  I always love to add a little coastal inspiration into my holiday! and Easter is no different.  So take a look at some of my favorite ways to dress up your Easter eggs:

Top 7 DIY Coastal Easter Eggs

tropical easter eggs via melodrama

 

 

Top 7 DIY Coastal Easter Eggs

mosaic easter eggs via sugar and charm

 

Top 7 DIY Coastal Easter Eggs

pink pineapple easter eggs via best friends for frosting

 

Top 7 DIY Coastal Easter Eggs

pastel easter eggs via beautifully seaside

 

Top 7 DIY Coastal Easter Eggs

decoupaged easter eggs via sand and sisal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Top 7 Coastal Pumpkins

I’m so excited for Halloween weekend!  I’ve got my pumpkins painted and treats ready to go.  I didn’t have time for a DIY Halloween pumpkin this year but here’s a round up of my favorite coastal pumpkins from around the blog-o’sphere.

Top 7 Coastal Pumpkins

Ombre Painted Pumpkins via Making Home Base

 

Top 7 Coastal Pumpkins

Painted Pumpkins via Go Coastal

 

Top 7 Coastal Pumpkins

Drilled Seahorse Pumpkin via H2O Bungalow

 

Top 7 Coastal Pumpkins

Glitter Wave Pumpkin via Sand and Sisal

 

Top 7 Coastal Pumpkins

Nautical Pumpkins via Living Porpoisefully

 

Top 7 Coastal Pumpkins

Fabric Pumpkin via Sandra Lyn at Home

 

Top 7 Coastal Pumpkins

Seashell Pumpkin via My Pinterventures 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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6 DIY Ways to a Mermaid Costume this Halloween

It’s Columbus Day but to be honest that guy is the farthest thing on my mind.  All I’ve been thinking about is getting ready for Halloween!  It’s by far my favorite holiday because it’s always so much fun.  This year I wanted to share some DIYs to help you create a perfect mermaid costume!  Click pics to check ’em out as well as some more DIY Halloween links at the bottom of this post:

6 DIY Ways to a Mermaid Costume this Halloween

The Costume via Lauren Conrad

6 DIY Ways to a Mermaid Costume this Halloween

The Crown via Creative Green Living

6 DIY Ways to a Mermaid Costume this Halloween

The Trident via Cosmo

6 DIY Ways to a Mermaid Costume this Halloween

Shell Hair Pins via Swell

6 DIY Ways to a Mermaid Costume this Halloween

Mermaid Makeup Tutorial via Shaaanxo

6 DIY Ways to a Mermaid Costume this Halloween

Mermaid Nail Art via Elle and Ish

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DIY No Sew Fabric Planters

I’ve been obsessed with shibori fabrics lately.  If you have shibori fabric in your home and have an Instagram, there’s a good chance I’m following you!  The varying shades of blue shibori fits right in with my turquoise home so I wanted to find a way to incorporate this latest trend.  I already have enough pillows (another obsession!) so I wanted to find another way to include this fabric.  I literally have dozens upon dozens of plants, so I figured, why not a planter?

DIY No Sew Fabric Planter - Shibori

I’m always looking for cute ways to dress up my plants.  I don’t own a sewing machine, so this was going to have to be a no sew fabric planter.  This DIY is incredibly easy!!  It doesn’t take much time or materials.  I always love a good DIY that doesn’t require too much effort on my part but has maximum impact!  I already had several plants on hand, as well as a pot and glue.  I just needed to head out to find some fabric.  I stopped by Joann Fabrics and fell in love with Ellen DeGeneres’ line of home fabrics!  I especially loved this shibori one, which I ended up taking home but there were many others that I had my eye on.

DIY No Sew Fabric Planter - Shibori

Materials:

  • clay pot (doesn’t necessarily have to be clay)
  • scissors
  • glue – make sure it’s waterproof when it dries
  • fabric
  • some form of a clamp (I used chip bag clips) or you can use another pot of the same size

DIY No Sew Fabric Planter - Shibori

Instructions:

You’ll want to start by measuring the circumference of your pot at the widest point as well as the length.  I added an additional 2 inches to both measurements.

Cut your fabric accordingly

Put a line of glue along the inside of the pot, about an inch down (see pic below)

DIY No Sew Fabric Planter - Shibori

place a line of glue on the inside of the pot, about an inch down

Now wrap your fabric loosely around the pot leaving an inch above the top of the pot to fold over and connect with the glue inside.

Take your clamps or if you couldn’t find anything to use for clamps, you can place another pot of the same size inside the pot you’re gluing.  This will hold the fabric in place while it dries.

DIY No Sew Fabric Planter - Shibori

Add some additional glue on the backside along the seam to keep things in place there as well.

Let your glue dry.  I used E6000 and let it dry for 24 hours.

Once your glue is dry, you can remove your clamps and pot your plant!  I tucked any remaining fabric loosely under the bottom of the pot.

*One thing I will warn you about (if you didn’t leave enough fabric for the length) when you go to tuck the fabric under the bottom of the pot, it will look boxy like the planter on the bottom right.  I preferred the loosely hanging fabric because it looked much more like the fabric planters I’d seen in nurseries.  Also you can always glue the fabric to the bottom of the pot if you don’t want to worry about having to rearrange it every time you move the plant.

DIY No Sew Fabric Planter - Shibori

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DIY No Sew Fabric Planter - Shibori

DIY No Sew Fabric Planter - Shibori

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Top 7 DIY for Summer

I spent all Spring thinking about those hot Summer beach days!  Now that it’s warming up and Summer is right around the corner, I wanted to share from fun DIYs for Summer.  These crafts range from home decor, to succulents and more!  Click the pic to get the step by step:

Top 7 DIY for Summer

Good vibes art via Sugar and Cloth

Top 7 DIY for Summer

Watercolor pillows via Tidbit Cami

Top 7 DIY for Summer

Citrus bath salts via Christina Williams

Top 7 DIY for Summer

DIY embroidered fan via Sugar and Cloth

Top 7 DIY for Summer

DIY Polish Chandelier via Oh Happy Day

Top 7 DIY for Summer

DIY Donut Beach Umbrella via Studio DIY

Top 7 DIY for Summer

Succulent Sphere via Burlap Wreath

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Top 7 Fun DIY for Spring + Summer

All of these DIYs for Spring + Summer look like so much fun!  I found some of the top warm weather DIYs to share, and did I mention colorful?  Check ’em out:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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