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Sailors Valentine DIY

Sailors valentine

Try your hand at an age old coastal tradition, the Sailors Valentine. Purchase a kit or try it on your own design for a unique, one of a kind coastal valentine.




Cardboard Box- Octagon shape is classic Sailor's Valentine but any shape you like will work

Picture Hanging Hooks

The secret to a creating a nautical sailors valentine are repetition and symmetry. Most of the space in your sailor's valentine will be taken up with shells of similar shape and size but of course you be able to highlight special seashells or seashore treasures that remind you of a beach vacation you and your loved one took.

Using any type of glue , lay out a design with your seashells, radial symmetry is a good choice if you’re using the traditional octagonal base. Traditional sailors valentines cover all the available space with shells, filling all the spaces and even layering them for a special effect.You can even  sketch out a design right on the cardboard before you glue on your seashells.

After your design is complete, set your sailors valentine aside for at least 24 hours so that the glue can fully cure.

 Once the shells are dry turn over the valentine and write a note on the back. Maybe mention the beach vacation you found the seashells on or a romantic note.

 Your sailors valentine can be hung on the wall if you like by using picture hanging hardware. Or you can opt to sit yours on the table.

Sailors Valentine Kit

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Sailors Valentine DIY

Sailors Valentine kit

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Best summer beach totes!

Beach totes

A round up of some of our favorite summer beach bags. Coastal toes and beach bags perfect for a trip to the beach house.


Striped Recycled Sail Tote

Recycled Sail Tote

Sailcloth Zipper Tote

Rope Tote Medium

Rugby Stripe Tote Bag

Single Digit Recycled Tote Bag

Anchor Sail Tote

Red Lobster Claw Tote

 Sperry Topsider Tote

Coastal gift wrapping with shells and burlap

1. White paper with burlap ribbon tape, sea shells and evergreen branch

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