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Step #1 is to go to the beach and fill your purse up with as much driftwood as you can haul home. Try to find pieces that are all about the same size.
Step #2 Find a mirror in whatever size you would like. I picked this one up at Hobby Lobby. It was originally 6 dollars but on sale for %50 off. So this whole mirror cost me $3.00 a Huge difference from the $200. one at Crate and Barrel wouldn't you agree?
Step #3 Trace the mirror onto some paper. I just used the paper Hobby Lobby wrapped the mirror up in.
Step #4 Lay out your driftwood around the traced circle. This is so you will have a good idea of what it will look like when it's finished. You may want to move some pieces around, just play with it until you're happy with the way it looks.
Step #5 Glue it together. At first I used hot glue....but this Did NOT work. The hot glue was not strong enough to hold it all together.
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Seaglass windchime DIY instructions
Lay out the seaglass by color in ombre.
Attach the string to the driftwood branch to form a hanger, tie knots and dab a bit of glue to ensure a tight hold.
String the seaglass together with the craft wire, from light to dark pieces will give you the ombre effect.
Last step to create your ocean art is to attach the seaglass strands to the driftwood branch and viola you have made a beautiful masterpiece.
This was one of our most popular coastal blog posts. Create your own beautiful ocean treasure ombre seaglass windchime and share a photo with us.
To make the Sailboat Ornaments you will need the following items:
(6) 3 inch glass craft ornaments
1 bag of blue crushed shells (found in most craft stores)
small rubber hair bands (or orthodontic bands used for braces)
a piece of white cardstock or printer paper
hot glue gun
very narrow tweezers or jewelry making pliers
Step 1) Use your gardening trimmer to cut wooden skewers into 2 lengths. One will be 5 cm. (that will be the mast) and the other skewer should be cut to 3 cm. (this will be the boat).
Step 2) Now grab 2 tiny rubber bands. I used my kids’ leftover bands from their braces! You can also find small elastic bands in the beauty section of any store, but braces bands work best. Slide one band over the 2 skewers
Step 3) Rotate the shorter skewer one full turn and hold securely.
Step 4) Still holding the skewers securely, slide the 2nd band over the two skewers as pictured below.
Step 5) Let go and the boat base will pop into a horizontal position, which should be perpendicular to the mast.
Step 6) Cut out a paper triangle sail out of card stock or printer paper. Feel free to color it if desired. Place a small amount of hot glue to the back of the mast and glue the sail to it.
Step 7) Fill the bottom of your ornament with the crushed shells (Don’t add too much at first. You can always add more later). The reason why I used 3 inch glass ornaments vs. larger ones, is because these shells will make your ornament heavy!
Step 8) Twist the “boat” skewer so it is aligned with the mast (like in step 4) and start inserting it into the ornament opening. It will pop back in place as soon as it clears the opening.
Gently bend and tuck the paper sail so it will fit into the opening. Hold the top of the mast with your needle nose pliers or tweezers and insert the sailboat into the shells, pushing all the way to the bottom or until the “boat” part is sitting on top of the shells (water). The shells should hold it in place. Use the pliers to adjust the position.
A holiday coastal DIY the whole family will enjoy. Maske these adorable coastal sailboat Christmas ornaments with us.
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