I'm so over the moon changing things all around the house. For some of you this might be exhausting and even crazy, for me is fun! I like change, and that's precisely what I did once again to the mantel to get it ready for Summer.
A couple of weeks ago when I was ready to take the pictures of the old jeans pillow, I took out my stash of summery things and began looking for some props, well, the first thing to pop up was the driftwood garland, I used it and it looked good there so, after the pics were taken...
I brought the garland to the mantel to try it there again. I bought it last year to decorate the mantel, but after the first try I didn't like it. One year later I was giving it a second try but nope, I didn't feel right.
Soooo I dismantled it because perhaps the idea of the crab that I saw right HERE would look better using these pieces of wood.
I got the board where my new art would go and covered it with pieces of paper in order to trace the easiest crab I could find online. ha, lots of trial and error but in the end it looked kind of nice. ;)
Then, it was just like completing a puzzle... Finding a curvy piece for the claw... some short pieces for the legs... cutting the ends on two pieces to serve as the eyes...
Until it was all filled up.
I'm editing this post to add that I made the mistake to leave the white pieces of paper that I'd put together with tape on top of the board. I had to ask my husband to help me pull the "crab puzzle" onto another surface being careful not to mess it much.
Once my board was empty, I marked the middle and began hot-gluing each piece of wood onto it. I started with the one right in the middle line of the crab and then I started branching outwards until I had the complete crab.
The last thing to do was to bring some more accessories...
A little lantern, rope in a vase...
Starfish, fishing net...
And extra vases on the opposite side for good measure. :)
I also found a really big wire basket that I'm planning on converting into a light fixture, in the mean time is serving as a side table. ;)
There you have it, my Summer-Coastal mantel this year.
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You can see the full family room right here on my Summer Home Tour.
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