Monday, September 15, 2014

DIY Mounted Beach Treasures

With summer coming to an end, you might be wondering what to do with your summer vacation beach treasures.  Worry no more.  With this easy to follow tutorial you can turn those beach treasures into beautifully mounted beachy home decor.


Collect those seashells, starfish or coral and proudly display them, adding a subtle beachy charm to your house, even when the beach and summer seem like distant memories.


Using the same process we used for the Salvaged Architectural Display Pieces, which can be found here,


a small hole was carefully drilled into each of our beach treasures.  Most beach treasures are more fragile than architectural pieces, so take care in drilling and use a small bit.


Another hole was then drilled into the custom base we built {again, the tutorial for the base can be found here}.  Insert some JB Weld into both the hole in your beach treasure and the hole in the base.  Insert a post into both and allow time to dry. 


Once dry, proudly display.


And remember, just because summer may be months away, it doesn't mean you can't surround yourself with happy beachy memories and mementos of warmer days in your home decor. 



*Make sure to check out more of the mounted architectural pieces for sale in the While Wearing Heels Etsy Shop.


19 comments:

  1. Simply beautiful Amy & summer is right around the corner for me :)

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  2. Summer can't be going!!! NO! Look, I am certainly not ready for winter, Let's call for a vote and just say no. I'm going to start making posters.

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  3. I think your starfish and conch will be just precious as winter decor- I can even imagine them being worked into a Christmas display:)

    PS I read that book, Message In A Bottle. I always swear off N.S. Every time I read one....vowing that I'll not invest my emotions like that again. But I'm always lying!

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    1. Thanks so much Amy! I swear, everything around here ends up mounted on a stick and put on display :)

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  4. Gorgeous! What a great way to display those shells! Mine are all in jars but then I don't have any large pieces. Great idea. :)

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  5. These are just beautiful Amy! I need to get to a beach and find some starfish!

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  6. Clever idea Amy! Makes a beautiful decorative piece... created out of memories. :)

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    1. What a lovely comment. Thank you so much Maysem.

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  7. oh so beautiful! we have some pieces from Puerto Rico that I might do like this!

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  8. Love, love, love these! Lord knows I have a lot of shells lying around. I must admit that I am intimidated by the idea of drilling into them, though.... ;)

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    1. Send them here. I'll add the to the mister's to do list :)

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  9. Definitely beach chic! I'd love to have a beach house one day to decorate with such lovely decor :). You must really be delicate to drill a hole through starfish without cracking it!!!! Good job!

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  10. Love that photo of Grace. :-)
    Great idea, thank you for sharing.

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  11. I so love this, Amy! I've been wanting something similar to this for our new mantel (well, that and a whole host of other things). This is simply beautiful!

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  12. Perfect timing on this post! I have a client asking how to display some shells.

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  13. What a great idea! Those star fish look so much better stood up like that.

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