Wouldn’t we all like to have a place at the beach? For some it’s a possibility and for others the best you can do is a week on the coast during summer vacation. But there’s no reason you can’t have a house that LOOKS like you live at the beach! The next time you vacation, pick up a few things and bring them home to decorate! Here are some great ideas on how to bring
the seashore home!
- Take a tall vase or hurricane-style vessel and fill it with your beachcombing bounty. Not only is it beautiful, but you can create a neat label to put on it with the date of your trip! Tip: Be sure to clean seaside treasures first with soap and water.
- A perfect seashell, sculptural piece of driftwood or bit of pale-hued sea glass can become a personal and evocative still life when beautifully framed. A memory box (widely available at framing and crafts stores) is a hinged picture frame deep enough to display three-dimensional mementos. Arrange a few objects in an artful way-it’s easy to go overboard, but simple compositions are traditionally more pleasing. Think a single starfish mounted against a natural linen background. Or a vignette featuring a special postcard, plume of sea grass (dried and pressed first) and a handful of interesting shells.
- Take a silver or bamboo tray and put a cluster of seashell candles on it to make a centerpiece.
- Create a candle out of a larger shell. To make, remove a tealight from its metal holder, melt the wax in a double boiler and carefully pour the liquid wax into cleaned shells. Position the wick in the center and let cool for several hours. Make sure you choose stable shells that won’t tip over.
- Turn a dollar store frame into a work of art with sand dollars, shells and a hotglue gun! Just hotglue them around the frame’s edge and voila! you have a frame for your vacation photos! That would make a great gift for friends and family, too!
- Make a set of summery napkin rings in minutes: thread a five-inch length of ribbon through the top openings of a sand dollar, use a dab of glue to further secure it to the ribbon. Once dry, tie around a rolled napkin.
- Get the kids involved and let them color sand to fill a decorative jar or a Mason jar. To dye the sand, put it in a glass or metal bowl and add enough water to cover. Mix in food coloring (you will need a lot) and let it stand until the sand turns the desired color. Drain off the excess water and allow sand to dry on a thick layer of paper towel before layering in the jar.
- Kids love making jewelry and what better way to commemorate a vacation than seashell jewelry. Using a power drill with a very small bit or a Dremel tool, carefully make a hole in the shell. Use the lowest speed possible to avoid cracking the shell. Children can then thread the seashells onto the chain or fishing line.