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DIY Friday~Seashells, Wood, & A Pineapple Wall Display

Let’s talk pineapples, shall we?! They’re pretty much a staple item right now with home decor. The next time you go into a home decor store count how many pineapple decor items there are, it’s quite a bit.  Do you know what pineapples symbolize? They actually represent “hospitality”, so whenever you see one within a home you know your stay is going to be very welcoming. 😉 That’s A LOT of pineapple talk right there.

As you can imagine, I wanted to incorporate a pineapple into one of my DIY projects. I also have a ton of reclaimed wood that I shared about in a previous post. The seashells look great with wood as they create a natural worn & distressed beachy look. So, this Friday I created a wall display that incorporates seashells, wood, & a pineapple layout (hence, the title). 13aa4bcf-9694-445b-94f1-46e584d72c04

I guess this is Part 2 of Beach Treasures turned DIY. You can visit my first beach treasure DIY post here.

Little Johnny and I went on another beach trip. There were so many seashells just waiting for us to collect. Of course, I collected them and actually did a “blue print” within the sand of my DIY plan. I knew I wanted to incorporate something with a pineapple layout, and seashells work great for the outline. (Johnny helped for a little bit, but  was very distracted by the huge ocean waves!)

{Supplies}

  • seashells
  • red, yellow, and green colored rocks (you can find a bag of them at Hobby Lobby)
  • wood (any wood will do, many craft stores have wood that’s already prepared for hanging on a wall)
  • scissors
  • pieces of burlap
  • craft paint stick
  • Americana Chalky paint in the color lace
  • chalk

{Steps}

For your wood piece, the easiest thing would be to get already prepared wood that’s ready for hanging from a local craft store. I decided to use my reclaimed wood for this project and made my own wood hanging display. I’ll be honest, I was figuring it out as I went (BEST way of learning if you ask me), in the end it turned out pretty decent. PLUS, this gave me the chance to actually use some power tools, perfect timing for this project too because my grandparents are in town and they helped to show me a thing or two. 🙂

Sidenote: The “real” pineapple you see staged within the picture was purchsaed by my Papa. He helped me add more character to this project and used the “real” pineapple as a reference. Love it! 🙂 21aba815-8ee9-4814-bea3-ae4d23fe14d2

I’m going to make the steps of creating your own wood hanging display into a new blog post, so stay tuned for one coming soon. (This DIY post would be extremely long if I wrote the steps to this as well.)

Back to the actual steps…

1.Take your chalk and draw an outline of your desired pineapple shape.

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3.Hot glue your sea shells and rocks one by one (epoxy or tacky glue will work as well).

4.Take 5-8 pieces of burlap and cut the end so that it  is pointy.

5.Hot glue the burlap onto the top of the pineapple outline.

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6. I used chalk to free hand the wording onto the board. I pulled up the type of lettering I wanted on my computer for a reference, then I just traced away on the wood using my chalk. There’s more to this quote, but I was getting tired and did not feel like adding on more.

8. Then I took my Americana chalky paint int the lace color and went back over the outlined letters. 1e44a7a7-103a-49ba-8141-204990dc5429

 

7. Once the paint was dry (10 minutes), I used sandpaper to sand over the actual words. This makes it look like it’s engrained into the wood.

Just forewarning this project did take a little longer then I planned, mainly becuase of creating my own wood hanging display as well (totally worth it though).

Happy DIY Friday!

Wishing You Well,

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DIY Friday~Fancy Wood Sign

It’s DIY Friday! Time to get creative! Remember, creativity doesn’t have to be something intensive or a huge project. From the words of Albert Einstein, “Creativity is just intelligence having fun.” I know creating and crafting can be a little intimidating, but I’ve learned that really there isn’t a wrong or right way. The best part is sometimes you even discover great things from your mistakes. I’ll share with you something that truly enhanced this DIY Friday project.

{Make Sure to Click on the GIVEAWAY link at the bottom of this page}

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So this week I needed some inspiration, I decided to go window shopping at crafts stores such as Hobby Lobby (one of my favorite stores!) I still wasn’t sure about what project I should create. On Wednesday evening I was sitting in my living room and it hit me. I love to create with wood, and somehow incorporate quotes. I have a wood quote that is easy to move around and it sits right on my entertainment center. I thought to myself, I can make that, but more individualized to my decor style. Below is the picture of what inspired this DIY Friday project. (they sell them at Hallmark, and many other craft stores)

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I decided that’s exactly what I wanted to make, but more…what’s the word…ahh, yes…FANCY.  

The best part is I’m giving it away to a lucky winner! So make sure to click the link that will be posted in the closing of this post. Follow along as I take you through the steps of creating a Fancy  Wood Sign.

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