Ahhh….the beach! Spending time at the beach is one of the joys of summer and I look forward to it all year! For those of you lucky enough to live near a beach and in warm weather all year– may I come and live with you, please? Seriously, though, I find that being at the beach and listening to the waves delivers an almost instantaneous feeling of peace and calm. For my fellow beach lovers, a little inspiration for a quick and easy wall hanging that celebrates blue skies, warm sand and waves using a natural element from the beach – sand dollars!
If you’ve been hanging out with me for a while, you know I like to find ways to use everything and anything in my considerable craft stash! Last summer, for my son’s destination wedding, we used sand dollars, in boxes of sand, as place cards at the reception and I have some left over.
Of course, I took extra sand dollars in the event that might break during travel. Every single sand dollar made it safely to Mexico and back – due in large part, I’m sure to the gazillion pounds of bubble wrap I used! Ironically, when I was putting the final touches on this craft, what do I do? I crack the edge of one of the sand dollars! Well, in case you ever need to know, you CAN glue a cracked sand dollar back together! It’s not perfect but then…what is? 🙂
Everything I used for this quick project, I had on hand! Using my Cricut with the Sophisticated Cartridge, I cut the word Beach from pretty, blue sparkly cardstock.
With the largest opening in the sand dollar at the top, I glued a letter to each sand dollar and let it dry.
For a little extra beach-themed embellishment, I glued different sized flat seashells to each sand dollar, a small starfish punch from coral colored cardstock and added a small, round blue gem with a finish that reminds me a bit of sea glass. Can I ever do I project without a little Stickles sparkle? The final touch was a quick outline of each sand dollar with Stickles in Star Dust.
Once everything was dry, I cut a long piece of sheer organza ribbon in turquoise, and folded the length of ribbon in half. Working with the sand dollars from the bottom “H” to the top “B,” I threaded one side of ribbon through the opening at the top of the sand dollar, front to back, and bringing the opposite piece of ribbon to the top, secured with a knot. I continued threading and knotting the remaining sand dollars, finishing the top with a bow for handing. I added a couple of extra small bows for a little added flourish.
Cute, isn’t it? This quick and easy little piece will be great on the wall and even when I can’t be at the beach, I’ll have a visual reminder. Since sand dollars can be a little fragile, I think I’ll hang this in a safe location in my craft room. That way, Mr. Smarty Pants, sometimes Bull in a China Shop, poor thing, won’t accidentally knock into it. Plus, I sort of spend a lot of time in there!
So I feel like we need to end today’s visit with a little summer sing-a-long…wait, we kind of did that last week with Summer Breeze, didn’t we? What is your favorite summer or beach song? We’ll sing that one!
Thanks for visiting today and think of sand between your toes!
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