Striped Starfish Tutorial – Hanging Starfish and Fridge Magnet

Pink Striped Hanging Starfish

For this tutorial you will need: a starfish, masking tape, scissors, paint and ribbon.

Start by placing your masking tape over your starfish, make sure this is securely in place or else the paint may leak underneath! You will need to cut the tape between the starfish legs, make sure you do this neatly, making sure the tape is tightly wrapped so you get a nice straight edge.

A quick break to feed the cats Oliver (the ginger ninja!) & Alfie (Alfie is a girl by the way!)

I decided to use a pale pink paint for my hanging starfish, I wanted a pretty subtle effect!

If you’re impatient just like me you can use a hair dryer to speed up the drying process!

This is my favourite part, time to peel off the masking tape!

Ta dah! I used cream lace to hang my starfish, you can use what ever you like.

Oliver taking a nap on Alfie’s pink cushion!

Striped Starfish Fridge Magnet

For my fridge magnet I wanted to use a coastal colour, I used Farrow & Ball paint, Arsenic

These starfish look great in bowls or loose as a bathroom decoration as shown below

As an alternative to hanging your starfish you can make it magnetic so you can stick it to your fridge.

I had to use two magnets as my starfish was not flat. If you don’t have two magnets you can use anything from a piece of wood to some cork to fill the gap and then stick your magnet on to that.

I have a glue gun because I do lots of craft, if you don’t have one you can use craft glue

I held the magnet down for about a minute making sure it was firmly in place.

My starfish is now brightening up the dull dishwasher! Have fun making yours and send me a picture when you’re done!

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Driftwood Sailboat Tutorial – Sail Away

Driftwood Sailboat Tutorial – Sail Away

1) Time to get your sewing box out! I have a wooden box with two compartments, one for ribbons and strings and one for everything else. This helps me stay organised and I can see everything I’ve got to work with at a glance.

2) Now choose a colour theme and decide on your chosen fabric, as a general rule I always stick to either complimentary colours or contrast colours.

3) Select two pieces of driftwood which can be used for your hull and a mast, there’s no wrong way and that’s part of the fun as long as it looks in proportion.

4) I was really lucky and found a piece of driftwood with a hole already in the hull! You will need to drill a hole large enough to fit your mast into.

5) Use glue to secure your mast into the hole. I used a glue gun but you can use craft glue.

6) Lay your boat on top of your chosen fabric. This will need to be doubled over to make the fronts and backs of your sails. I chose a fabric with a frayed edge for detail.

7) Now draw your sails onto your fabric, I used a coloured pencil and a ruler. I drew my sails from the top of the mast to the edge of the hull.

8) Now pin your fabric, this will stop the two pieces of fabric moving around when you cut them out. I left 10mm around my drawing and sewed along my guidelines.

9) You are now ready to sew your sails together. You would ideally need a sewing machine to do this, don’t worry if you do not have a sewing machine you can do this by hand.

My work space always has a cuppa tea and usually one or more cats!

10) Remember everything is inside out so you need the right side on the inside first, when you’ve finished you need to turn it inside out so the right side will be on the outside. “She sells seashells down by the seashore”

11) To secure your sail you’ll need two small eyelets and a pair of pliers to screw them in. Driftwood is usually soft so it’s not difficult.

12) The sails now need to be “hoisted” up the mast. I used cotton thread and a needle, I then attached the sails at the top and the bottom of the mast.

This is one of my work spaces, I like to use my sewing machine here as there is more light.

13) Now we’ve got to make the flag. I used an off cut of transfer fabric. I like to use this as it’s sturdy and can be painted to any chosen colour.

14) This is the shape of my flag, triangles work just aswell but I fancied a change.

This is my Little helper “Oliver”

All finished, the sails needed a little bit of adjustment but it’s now ready for its first voyage!

Tie The Knot

Are you getting married this summer? Why not tie the knot with one of our rope ampersands. After designing the wood and rope logo I thought it would be great to make a real rope ampersand. Then instead of the W&R I thought it would be fun to put couples initials instead. This would make a great decoration for a beach wedding. Here are some more photos of beach themed wedding decorations taken from my Pinterest board “A Beach Wedding”

This photo is from our wedding day in the South Pacific, I collected this shell the morning of our wedding to use as a ring pillow.

Then we tied the knot!

This rope ampersand is for sale at my Folksy shop please take a look, they can be made to order.

The Driftwood Hunter – Hanging Driftwood Fish Tutorial

The Driftwood Hunter – Hanging Driftwood Fish Tutorial

For my fish project I was going to need some driftwood, this was the perfect excuse for a day at the seaside! My friend Jess and I went to Wells Next The Sea on the North Norfolk coast, which is an attractive town about an hours drive from where I live.

The beach there is great, there are lovely trees lining the beach with a path running through them, colourful beach huts look out to sea and small boats are moored all along the walk from the town to the sea front.

The day was off to a good start with a traditional English cooked breakfast at The Village Deli in Thornham, you can’t go searching for treasure hungry!

From there it was only a short drive into Wells’, We then had a twenty minute walk down to the beach, admiring all the moored boats on the way.

I couldn’t decide on a favourite boat but it was a close joint first between ‘Popeye’ and ‘Legless’.

One of the first things that you notice on the beach are the pretty beach huts, some have names and are decorated nicely, so I took photos of almost all of them for my ‘inspiration board’ at home.

Enough of the site seeing, we were here to find driftwood and anything else useful, I had brought my faithful nautical straw bag and intended to make good use of it.

Usually the best place to find driftwood is on the shore line but surprisingly this time I found some perfect bits in amongst the beach huts and sand dunes.

As an added bonus I also found some nice shells which will come in handy for another project I’m planning. I only needed enough driftwood for one fish so I put back what I didn’t need, just incase someone else could use it!

Driftwood Hanging Fish Tutorial

1) Layout, I’ve gone for the traditional fish shape nice and simple, it’s just a case of laying out you driftwood in some kind of order, you might need to swap around a few pieces a few times to get it looking how you want it.

I have a nice ‘V’ shaped piece for his head and got lucky with a nice piece for the tail too, all the other pieces in between are regular straight bits.

2) Drilling holes, Once you have your driftwood in order you’re going to need a way of attaching them together, I’ve used an old piece of string, it looks like it’s been outside for ages so it’s weathered look matches the driftwood nicely. You can use anything really, rope would look good for a nautical look but you’ll need thicker wood and of course bigger holes. For my holes I’m using a 4mm drill bit on my multi tool which I use loads for craft work.

The driftwood tends to be quite soft so you don’t need a powerful drill. Be sure you can hold or preferably clamp the wood down properly or it can spin around with the drill!

3) Threading the string, Firstly I made a loop at the top so the fish has something to hang by when he’s finished, make sure the loop is big enough to go on whatever you want to hang it on before you get finished as problems are easier to fix now than later.

Then at the other end of the string I had to wrap sticky tape around the end to stop it from fraying, this makes it a lot easier to thread through the wood.

I slid on the first piece of drift wood that makes his head, the ‘V’ shaped bit, I had to tie a knot after it went on to hold it in position otherwise it would hang across the other wood awkwardly, I need it to hang flat and level. After that it’s just a case of threading the rest of the wood on.

4) Final Knot, in the fishes tail section you’ll need to tie off the string, you can make this knot part of the decoration if you want, for the sake of simplicity I’ve stuck to using a regular knot. If you’re struggling with finding a piece for the tail like mine you could use a curved bit, that would work just as well and would be easier too find.

5) Hanging Your Fish, he would look at home either in the kitchen or the bathroom, mine is in the bathroom so I’m reminded of that day at the beach every time I take a bath!

I hope you have fun making your driftwood fish.

My Love Of The Seaside

For me, the seaside feels like home, I love everything about it. I’ve been attracted to the coast ever since I was a child, it’s not any one individual thing but the whole great mix of the beach, the air, the sound of the waves, finding interesting pieces of driftwood and love heart shaped pebbles. I also love crafts so putting the two together felt like a natural thing to do. This blog is for all the things I like to find and make so I can share them with you.