Nautical DIY: Sailors Valentine
Nautical DIY: Sailor's 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.
- Karen Marcil