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Fish - Starfish Garland

Hi everyone,  I've been so absent and I have no excuses at all! Summer time, the kids at home, this wonderful weather, little trips here and there... the list can go on and on... and my vacation time comes in August ;)  I've worked on many projects but I haven't been able to edit the pictures of write about them, so in the meantime this little project would do.

When I revealed my Summer mantel some of you asked me about this garland, this post is the answer to that.
coastal mantel decor

I bought this... hmmm how do you call it? it was only two fishes and three starfishes strung together? Yeah, only five wooden shapes and at the top two pieces of drift wood and a rock in the middle.
Well, it was an end of season find I got at Ross last year, like about a dollar.  I love the wooden pieces.
Coastal decor

When I was done working on the boat art and was ready to dress up the mantel, that little "garland" appeared on my Summer stash.  The problem...  It was too short :( and you know how things go when you are ready to take pictures of that project you just finished...   You need to find those little extra pieces SOON.

Well, there I was...  It was perfect, just too SHORT.

What to do?   Of course, make it longer!  

For this one I have to give big thanks to my husband, he keeps on bringing home old posters. At his work many of these posters are discarded and he brings them home for me to recycle them :)

The fish and starfish silhouettes were traced on the white parts of this poster (the back was white at some point, I had already spray painted it),  and then they were cut out.

Using a similar string, all the shapes were taped to it.  It couldn't be any easier.
Some extra shapes were laid on the mantel too.  Whoever goes on that boat is going to have a good catch :)

My poster board silhouettes are not as pretty as the wooden shapes but from far away you cannot tell.

Don't you agree?

The blue bottles remind me of the color of the sea.

You can find the free fish and starfish silhouettes right HERE if you want to make your own garland.

For the diy sail boat art click HERE.

On another note, check out these cute metal tags for a herb garden,
 my full tutorial on how to make them is right here at Pretty Handy Girl!


  1. Your mantel is gorgeous, Cristina! That garland is so sweet. Hope you had a wonderful 4th!

  2. Hola Cristina me encanto esa guirnalda tan veraniega , combina perfecto con toda la decoración , eres realmente muy creativa

  3. You totally could have fooled me! Your mantle is so gorgeous. Enjoy your summer as it goes by so quickly when the kids are home!

  4. Thought it was wood!!! You are so good Cristina!!!

  5. Your mantel is so cute! I love everything nautical and would be tempted to have it up all year, lol. This is my first summer blogging so I completely understand slowing down. I didn't expect to be so busy!

  6. This is such a great idea...taking something and adding to it! I love the boat! I'll go follow the link for that, too! Enjoy your week! It's sunny and bright here in Florida today! I'm loving it!

  7. Oh I love this, how fun and so creative. You did an amazing job. Looks fabulous. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  8. Get outta town, honestly I didn't know that some of them were posterboard. Good for you!

    Love those garden markers and will have to pop over to see how you made them.

    Hope you are enjoying your summer so far; doesn't it go fast?!!!

  9. You cleaver girl!!! I didn't even notice, totally awesome!! Glad you are enjoying your summer!

  10. Lindísimo trabajo, me encantó como ha quedado!

  11. very nice and you are very creative Cristina!

  12. So cute and creative! Hugs, Holly

  13. What a cute idea! It works really well with your theme too :)

  14. Cristina Usted como siempre con un gusto impecable! Gracias por compartir su nueva creacion. La vine a visitar via la fiesta de Marty's Musing. Que pase una buena semana

  15. How cute is that! You are so resourceful...and I would never have guesses! Thanks for sharing at The Scoop!...hugs...Debbie

  16. I love your beautiful mantel! Those seaside cut outs are adorable! What a great fake out! We'd love for you link this up to our All Things Thursday Blog Hop!
    Have a blessed week!

  17. Love your garland and the metal herb tags...I will have to come back to check out the tutorial. those are the cutest ones I have seen yet!

  18. I just love this! I am putting together a roundup of beachy crafts and I'd love to include this. If you'd prefer I didn't include it, please email me at nancy(dot)verly(at)gmail(dot)com. Thanks!

  19. Love the sail boat wall art. Actually love your entire follower!! Coming to you from Tatertots and Jello. Visit me at

  20. So pretty, love the blue bottles and the garland. I collect bottles can you tell me where the big one came from?

  21. What a fun and simple garland! If you get a chance, please link up to my linky party:

  22. What a creative take on the original wooden garland... awesome job. Love the garden tags too, those are so pretty!!

  23. I know I am supposed to say I love the starfish and fish garland, but I so in love with the boat.

    Both are too cute!

  24. Cristina!! I am in complete awe over your mantel and that starfish garland adds the perfect touch!! You are very talented!

    My readers would love to see this! I’d love it if you linked this up over at Living Well Spending Less for Thrifty Thursday this week!

  25. Adorable!!! Thanks so much for sharing at Amaze Me Monday...

  26. You are just so sweet to share the secret. And you're right, from a distance, it's not noticeable! I loved the mantel before and I love it a bit more knowing the story behind the garland.


  27. Everything is just stunning! Thank you so much for sharing at Monday Funday this week! Have a good one!

    Take care,


  28. You're right Cristina, you can't tell from a few feet away. Your garland is the perfect addition to your mantel, especially with that amazing boat art you made. I still love that. You are so talented and creative my friend! Hope you're having a great summer!



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