#DIY Coastal Picture Frame :: AnExtraordinaryDay.net


Since I couldn’t go to the beach….I decided to bring the beach to my house this summer.

It’s amazing what you can do with some sand, shells, and stuff from the stash.

Join me for a super simple seashell art DIY project.


#DollarStore DIY :: Create a Coastal Style Photo Frame & Shell Art :: AnExtraordinaryDay.net


Who knows why I purchased this small square photo frame at The Dollar Tree some time ago.  As I was trolling my stash, I was so excited to find it, and the wheels started turning.


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Then I remembered I had some scrapbook paper in coastal colors.  Yay!  Originally I purchased it for making some masculine birthday cards.  Certainly I could ‘steal’ a square.

Using my handy-dandy Fiskars paper trimmer*I cut the scrapbook paper the size to fit the photo frame and then inserted it in the frame.  Easy!


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Next, I heated up my glue gun*and gathered some twine, a pair of scissors, and some spring-loaded “grabbers.”  (I have no idea what that tool is called….but it works great to hold things I’m gluing and saves my fingers from burns.  If  you know what it is…let me know.)


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I told you this was pretty simple.  It does take patience to apply a little hot glue and carefully lay down the twine and keep in taunt so that you have a nice straight trim.  Let it set up a bit as you move around the frame.  Don’t try to work too fast.  [Ahem.]  After all…any beautiful seashell art DIY requires us to be just a bit laid back…as if we were at the beach. [wink]


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My frame looked pretty terrific with just the inner edge edged with my nautical-looking rope.  But, this gal just can’t stop with good….so I added more rope to the outer edge.  And then I decided a double trim along the inner frame would make it look even better…as you can see.  [wink]

The super easy part.  Adding a few seashells.  A dot or two of hot glue will secure them to the glass or acrylic.


#Coastal Embellished Frame & Seashell Art :: AnExtraordinaryDay.net


This photo frame didn’t have a stand, so I just leaned it up against a lamp, added some seashells, and created a vignette with my seashell art DIY project.

Don’t you love quick and easy and inexpensive ways to splash your home with a coastal or nautical look?

And since the girl couldn’t make it to the beach….well….the beach came to the girl….living in the mountains.


Did you do any coastal/nautical decorating this summer?

We all want to know all bout it.  Splash us!


I hope you’re enjoying my “coastal series.”  I know many of you are already fluffing your homes for fall.  But, with my move, I wasn’t able to put the posts together until now.  Since the weather has been so unseasonably warm…it still feels like summer…to me.

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  1. So pretty.

  2. I love it! It’s so pretty. Thanks for sharing.
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  3. Diane,
    So very creative! What a nice project it turned out to be for you. I like the scrapbook paper w/those tropical blues. And the items in your little vignette are so apropos! Very good job indeed!

  4. This did turn out very fun! The double twine plus around the edge gave it that extra eye-catching look. I did do a bit of coastal finds decorating. I used sand from two beaches in two clear cylinder vases to anchor taper candles on my mantle. I blue taped off anlgle lines at top and bottom of clear smaller cylinder type vases (crate & barrel) and sprayed them three different bright colors. My darker sand went in the bottoms just enough to appear they also are filled with sand. Seashells scattered around. Cut outs from a catalog of beach scenes I framed in square frames and hung with command strips. I faked them being hung together by using strips of Burlap pieces below between and thin burlap bow above–attached to wall with double sided tape. This was to the left of the sand and jars so I’d say it felt beach like although I never did make it over there this summer! Ill have to incorporate your fancier frame idea for my square frames for next summer! Thank you for the idea.

    • Thanks Gwen! :)
      Your beach cylinders sound fabulous! I think you must be an artist. What creative ideas!
      How fun that you might incorporate some of my ideas into your coastal decor. :)

  5. I popped on over from Monday Funday. I love this frame – so pretty!

  6. I love this, Diane! Something like this would go perfect in my front living room! Pinning and sharing on social media. Thanks for sharing at Marvelous Mondays!
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  7. This is such a cute and simple project! Love it when things come together like that.
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  8. Oh, I LOVE this! This sounds like the perfect thing to do with the seashells we collected on our trip to the beach last month!
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    • It’s amazing how easy and fun this was to do!
      How fun for you, Jen, to have been able to get away to the beach!
      Hope your weekend is extraordinary!

  9. This is too cute! I’d love it if you’d link this up to my blog hop party, DIY Weekend:


    Thank you!
    Miranda @ Mr. and Mrs. Winslett

  10. It turned out well, Diane. I am surrounded by beaches so it’s no problem at all for me to get there, and I LOVE it. I’m going to miss it though. We won’t get there again until next Summer because it cools down pretty quickly here on the east coast of Canada. Thank you for sharing your nautical craft at my HOME.

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    • You are so blessed to live near the beaches, Sandi!
      I do enjoy going down in the fall….the water and skies seem so very dramatic.
      Wishing you an Extraordinary fall!

  11. This is so clever and creative. I love this idea. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty
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  12. I enjoy how you use dollar store items and things you have around the house. It looks smashing!
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  13. Oh, the rope detail totally makes the frame! Love it!
    ~ Ashley
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  14. Love Love how easy this is! and so pretty! Pinned and is on my to do list for my beach themed kitchen!! Thank you :)
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  15. So pretty. I am decorating my guest room in beach theme. Now I have a new idea on what to do with my seashells. Thanks. Have a great week. Linda @ Home Cooking

  16. I love your frame, it’s a perfect way to bring the beach to your home! :) Thank you for sharing it with us. :)
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