Well hello again! Didn’t I just see you yesterday? Yes I am posting again ya’ll and guess what? I broke out the shells again too! My friend Kathy from Petticoat Junktion had a great idea for us all to come up with a fun project using shells. Now I just posted the perfect project for this challenge yesterday! I shared this fun shell wreath inspired by Pottery Barn that just screams SUMMER!
So for today’s project I had to think what I could possibly come up with to share with you today and I think I did okay…
How about a shell garland to Summerify your mantel?
This is so fun on my mantel and adds an instant touch of Summer. I swapped out a few items from my Spring mantel, but decided to keep the boxwood wreath and the other greenery. I like it mixed with the coastal elements.
I started with this garland that I purchased at a craft market years ago:
I loved it at the time, but it never looked right no matter where I hung it. You can find similar ones at Michaels.
So I gathered a few more things…
- 1. Scallop shells from TJ Maxx (left over from my shell wreath)
- White flat primer (I didn’t use the white spray paint behind it.)
- Twigs from my neighbor’s yard
- Starfish Garland (Michaels sells one similar)
- My ex husband’s fine fishing line
- Scallop shells from #1
- Drill with tiny drill bit
- My son’s shell collection
I started by drilling holes in the larger shells. These were shells my oldest son had collected, but we just had them on display in a bowl on our table outside. Now we can see them all the time!
Then I tied them on with fishing line:
Next I found these branches and cut them into about 4″ pieces. Then I drilled holes in the center of each. Be sure to use a piece of scrap wood underneath:
I white washed them next by spraying them with the primer and quickly wiping them with a dry rag.
Then I tied them on also using the fishing line:
And finally I drilled holes in the scallop shells…
And added them here and there too. I added everything while the garland was laying on the table. It might be a better idea to add all the elements while it is hanging to better see what you’re doing as you go.
Since I have slate tile on my fireplace, I used command hooks to hang the garland, by laying them flat on top of the mantel:
I am loving my new ceiling too!
The little sail boat came from HomeGoods.
I would have preferred driftwood instead of my neighbor’s sticks, but we don’t get much of that here on the east coast.
I also shared this beachy basket makeover not too long ago:
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I think I’ll lay off the shell projects for a while…maybe. 🙂
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