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. Hey, Summer is almost here!
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, it 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 two ends for the little 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.
You can see the full family room right here on my Summer Home Tour.
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