The DIY Marathon Takes Off
March 17, 2012
I started filling my
They have tonâ€™s of colors but I think I like Ivory the best. I was picking up a mold for soap, a project I hope to get to this week / Image via
Itâ€™s a good start but I hate it because itâ€™s so unfinished. Iâ€™m taking a pause to let my creative juices flow. But for pieces Iâ€™d like to use the sea shells and clear glass gems I bought at the dollar store when I thought I was making bubble magnets. It will be easy and cheap since I already have them.
Next, I decided to work on a project I had been tripping over for the last month. I have always collected sand from places I visited and itâ€™s something really special to me.
Hereâ€™s my collection that sits in the hallway. Thatâ€™s the Kalik bottle from when Ra and I
Iâ€™m so glad I saved them because they made this project possible. (Personal Image)
I had searched long and hard for sea glass online and in stores but it was not affordable and difficult to find a color I liked. One day I was in the floral aisle at Wal-Mart (shopping for my mothersâ€™ wedding) and I found this for less than $4.
Bonus: Itâ€™s made from recyclable materials! (Personal Image)
I realize itâ€™s not real but it fits through the mouth of the jar so I donâ€™t have attack sea glass with a hammer. The bottle still needed something else. I remembered some shells I had. I purchased boxes from a bride hoping to use them for my save the dates but they turned out too small. She had included her leftover shells and starfish for free! I finally had all my supplies and they sat waiting on the floor for over a month. Fast forward to today when I carried them to my sick-bed. Yes, I craft in my bed. No, I do not recommend it. Now I have tiny pebbles everywhere!
Hereâ€™s a close up of the bottle. (Personal Image)
Then I lined them up and added 5 shells to each one ( I wanted to make sure I had enough)
I got bored with that fast and just dumped shells across the tops.
I didnâ€™t have enough starfish for all the bottles so Iâ€™m going to ask brides for their leftovers instead of ordering a new bag of 500. After the starfish I added pinches of sea glass.
Some of the bottles have a lot more sea glass because it took too long so I just poured it across the top.
Which left a big mess so I just used the bottles to scoop up the pebbles.
After about 45 minutes they look so cute all lined up!
When Raoul comes to visit heâ€™s bringing sand and we can seal them closed once we add the sand. So far this project is costing me $4 for 85 bottles. Iâ€™m not counting the cost of the bottles because I bought them six years ago but they were about $11. I would like to add a label with a poem about the sand or sea glass and I can use leftover cardstock from my Save the Dates to create them. Iâ€™m also tempted to soak the corks in some tropical scented oil I already have when we get closer to August! Iâ€™m pretty proud of my first (almost) done favor but thereâ€™s more projects to work on.
Do you collect anything from your travels? Were you able to make use of supplies you already had in the house before wedding planning?