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My family just returned last week from another amazing vacation! I felt like a kid at camp, because I was ready to come home, but so sad for it to be over. We just crave time at the beach together and today I want to share something that I made so we wouldn’t forget those great times… Framed Vacation Memory Art!
This was such a simple project to put together and I can envision an entire collection of our findings in the years to come. You could frame shells, sand dollars, starfish, leaves, really the options are endless. Let’s learn how to make one for yourself…
- Picture Frame
- Blue Haven Acrylic Paint by Americana
- Adhesive Book Plate
- Your favorite trinket! I used a sand dollar
Step One. First, I painted the frame. This was pretty fun, because I intentionally did not make it perfect. I dabbed a little here and a little there. By not painting the entire edge of the frame, it gave it a gorgeous aged look. It was perfect for this project, because at the coast, most things are aged in worn in the best possible way! I also just adore this new color, Blue Haven from Americana, perfect for my coastal vibe.
Step Two. After your frame is completely dry, it is time to mount the burlap. Simply remove the glass from the picture frame and put a layer of the fleece and then a layer of the burlap. You essentially are going to frame both pieces of fabric, one on top of the other. Trim off any excess fabric and close the back of the frame.
Step Three. Now it is time to get those mementos attached. I used hot glue to mount the sand dollar directly to the burlap. Then, I simply peeled the backing off of the book plate, and stuck it under the sand dollar. Finally, I added a slip of paper to the bookplate that tells us where and when we picked up our amazing find. If you are looking for the bookplates, I found mine at Staples in the Martha Stewart office collection. That’s it y’all… so easy!
Now we can enjoy the beach all throughout the year and dream about what we might find next year. Do you have something special that you do with your vacation mementos? I’d love to hear about it!
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