Glass Fishing Floats / Japanese Glass Floats for Nautical Decor

Glass Fishing Floats / Japanese Glass Floats for Nautical Decor

Full disclosure – this upcycling idea and tutorial was first published in July of 2014. But in the years since, the product I used to make these glass fishing floats went off the market. So, I started from scratch with new products, MUCH better photos, and the cutest Japanese glass floats that are simple and inexpensive nautical decor. Who says beach home decor can’t come from the thrift store anyway? Read more ›

How to Display a Sand Collection of Beach Souvenirs in a Wooden Spice Rack

How to Display a Sand Collection of Beach Souvenirs in a Wooden Spice Rack

There I was in Goodwill, crawling through the housewares when I paused to check an alert on my phone. A friend’s photo popped up- of a gorgeous sunset on the beach- and when I went back to thrift shelf scanning, there it was. A wooden spice rack that someone else had painted purple, using it to house her button collection. But with the beach photo still burning a hole in my mind and the spice rack in front of me, I suddenly realized that that the two would work swimmingly together- to display a sand collection / beach souvenirs!Read more ›

Wine Bottle Crafts: Message in a Bottle for Ocean Decor

Wine Bottle Crafts: Message in a Bottle for Ocean Decor

Ever since recycling glass stopped in my county, I’ve been trying to come up with fresh ways to repurpose the glass bottles I end up with. Now that summer is on the horizon, my head is already in the sand- beach sand, that is. So, this time around, I’m adding to my arsenal of wine bottle crafts with a new one: Message in a Bottle! It will be perfect for beach decor / ocean decor or to use at a beach wedding. Read more ›

Beach Theme Decor with Coastal Farmhouse Candles

Beach Theme Decor with Coastal Farmhouse Candles

I don’t know about your neck of the woods, but it is just wickedly hot here- so much so that I long to stay inside where the A/C blows cold and I can daydream about the elusive cool summer day spent on the coast. And with that idea in mind, I decided it was time to create another project for beach theme decor or coastal interiors.Read more ›

Upcycling a Small Footstool into Farmhouse Furniture

Upcycling a Small Footstool into Farmhouse Furniture

I don’t often buy much thrift store furniture for upcycling projects, simply because I usually repurpose small items from the housewares section. But I couldn’t pass up this small footstool that I saw the other day. Its woven rush top was unraveling, but I could tell it had good bones and was a nice piece of primitive furniture. I knew right away that I could replace the top and upcycle it into farmhouse furniture for our farmhouse bedroom.Read more ›

DIY Beach Decor or Ocean Decor in Vintage Mason Jars

DIY Beach Decor or Ocean Decor in Vintage Mason Jars

Over the years, I’ve procured several vintage mason jars – particularly those with air bubbles inside the glass. I’m such a sucker for old aqua jars with their vibrant color and crusty zinc lids. So, I decided to upcycle a few of my own into DIY beach decor using treasures from past beach vacations.
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Driftwood Wreath for Coastal Beach Decor on the Front Door

Driftwood Wreath for Coastal Beach Decor on the Front Door

Up until 2009, I’d always lived near a shoreline- half my life along the shores of Lake Michigan, and half my life bouncing between the Gulf and the Atlantic in Florida. My fondest beach memories are those of the windswept, deserted beaches in Southwest Michigan. Maybe not quite as exotic as a tropical locale, but full of treasures- crinoid fossils, pretty Petoskey stones, beautiful beach glass, and gorgeous pieces of driftwood. And to celebrate those memories, I decided to make a driftwood wreath for our front door this summer.

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