August 9, 2010

Seashell and Burlap Frame Artwork

My older niece recently turned 18. She was upset with me that I didn't make her a necklace organizer like I did her younger sister. You can see this project in this post from April.

So I promised her I would make her something else.

I gathered the following materials:

Picture Frame - purchased at Michaels with a 50% off coupon
Burlap - purchased at Joann's with a 50% off coupon
E6000 glue and Spray Adhesive - on hand (undoubtedly purchased with 50% off coupons :)
Seashells - free; accumulated from many, many strolls on my local beach
Removing the matte and glass from the frame, I cut the burlap to size and on a non-100 degree day, spray adhesived the burlap to the cardboard backing of the frame.

I carefully choose beautiful seashells and with a heart-shaped cookie cutter, I designed the heart for the middle of the frame using teeny, tiny shells. I glued all the shells with the E6000 glue. I wore a face mask because this stuff is toxic.
Here is the finished project.
I love how it came out and may very well make one for myself!

"If you surrender to the wind, you can ride it." - Toni Morrison

39 comments:

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

"COOL" idea making the heart...I'm sure she will LOVE it!

Blessings,
Linda

Ann @ makethebestofthings said...

Yummy use of burlap and shells! Love this cute and clever idea, the materials combine so well.

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Love that beach inspired art. Great job with it!

One Cheap B*tch said...

I love this look! And what a great way to display shells!

Jeanine

Terrell said...

This is such a creative piece!! great job! I am so happy to be your newest follower and would love it if you popped by FFD..I love new friends!
Hugs and creative wishes!
~Terrell @ FrouFrouDecor~

alissa said...

Beautiful Carmie! Great idea to use the heart-shaped cookie cutter.

CIELO said...

Very nice... I love creative people... like you! is always fun to come see what new things they're up to! Very pretty... and thanks for participating in our "Show Off Your Cottage Monday" and bringing us here!

Blessings

Cielo

Deliciously Organized said...

What a perfect gift. I bet she loved it!

Kristin said...

Great idea ~ nice job!!

Elly-My Everyday Things said...

Very creative! And a beautiful gift of course, bet she'll love it!
Have a lovely week!

Wild and Precious said...

burlap and shells- very cool idea


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Blue Ridge Altered Art said...

What a nice idea. Thanks for sharing. ~~Sherry~~

Ginger said...

Cool! I love shells...Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

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Jen @ tatertotsandjello.com said...

Very cute and beachy! Kimba from Soft Place to Land is having a Beachy DIY day today you could link it to -- just FYI.

XOXO
jen

Jules said...

What a cool piece of art! Nice job! By the way, I gave you a blog award! Check out my post today!

Jules @ www.adbits.blogspot.com

Leslie said...

wow... very pretty.
Long time no see, I hope all is well.
Have a great week

Nestled In Rosenberg said...

VERY cute! You can't go wrong with burlap and seashells. How smart of you to use the cookie cutter! I'll have to remember that!

T.bird

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I love it, Carmie! I'm making a "frame" gift for a wedding this month and the couple live right by the beach {Long Beach} and love it. I am now wondering how a shell heart might look thrown into the mix of a vinyl with their names and "date established". I may have to play with that this weekend. Thanks for making me think!

Cheryl~ZanyMayd said...

What Clever & Creative Shell Art.... Love this!

Nikki said...

I love burlap and I love the beach, so I LOVE this project! :) Thanks for linking at gettin' crafty on hump day! :)

keepingthechristmasspiritalive365 said...

That is a brilliant idea. i might make one of these for my Aunt's beach house-thanks for the great tips and instructions.

Best wishes,
Natasha.

Marie said...

What an awesome idea! I luv it and luv Michael's too especially when the coupons are 50%. Luv your blog and I'm now your newest follower. Stopping by a day late from White Wed.
-marie

Lisa said...

What a great project - love how it came out! The burlap as background is genius!

Amanda@The Hand Me Down House said...

That turned out SO cute, Carmie! You did a wonderful job!! It's oh-so-beachy! :)

Susanne said...

Very pretty, clever use of the cookie cutter for the heart shape. Ya, I don't use a mask when using E6000, that could explain a few things, ha!

Check out my first contribution to FFF.
Susanne.

Stephanie said...

That's really pretty! We have a ton of shells from a recent vacation, I should do something like that with them.

Stephanie
http://www.dirtandlace.com

Victoria said...

That is super cute, did you a great job!

I'm following you from Follow Me Chickadee Friday!

-Victoria
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Amanda said...

Thats pretty sweet! I wish i was crafty! Great blog, Im your new follower!
have a good weekend
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Terry said...

I am following you from Follow Me Chickadee. Would appreciate it if you could stop over and follow me back. Terry
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Jingle said...

love those shells.

Tracy Suzanne said...

Hey Carmie. I just found you on Remodelaholic's. I know you're niece loved this really cool idea. It turned out great!

Have a fun weekend. Hugs...Tracy :)


P.S. I'm having a giveaway ~ hope you'll come enter.

Sachiko said...

That is very pretty!

Cakeblast said...

Very Nice :) I am a new follower from Friendly Friday! http://cakeblast.com

Ruth H. said...

What a great idea! I really like the texture of the burlap combined with the seashells.

Erin@likegrandmas said...

I love this, especially the heart shape! Great idea!

Holly said...

Pretty, simple, rustic and chic - everything I love.

★All Thingz Related★ said...

Thanks for sharing your project at Anything Related! ~Bridgette

Candylei said...

I love burlap and I love shells and you've made something gorgeous out of the combination! So romantic especially for those of us who like to walk along the beach.

Jerri said...

How lovely! Great job on this!

Thanks for linking up for Friday Favorites!

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