I love the beach. I love a chance in the winter to go south and dip my toes in the Caribbean waters, and enjoy the sea air, and collect sea shells. But I’m from Ontario, and there are no seas here. I’ve always loved beautiful sea shell-y interiors, but always felt like this far inland I couldn’t really pull it off. I was inspired by a Colin and Justin decor piece where they used driftwood, blue sea glass, and an ombre wall and NO SEASHELLS. There’s lots of great lakes where I live, The great lakes in fact, so I decided to try a beach themed mantel that fit my surroundings.
My favourite part of the mantel, is the driftwood orbs.
I made them out of some small pieces of driftwood collected at the lake. I was inspired by Creative in Chicago’s great tutorial. She used a beach ball as her form. I wanted my orbs to be smaller, so I used a balloon as my form.
I was a little afraid the balloons might pop from my poky sticks, or the hot glue, but they worked great, and allowed me to make two different sizes. I used hot glue to stick the sticks together, making little triangles as I went. When I was done, I popped the balloons and removed them.
I also made some simple art for the mantel. I used a dollar store canvas and painted an ombre effect with white and blue. Then, I hot glued some simple rocks from the lake on to it. For the map, I found a map of cottage country, printed it and put it in a simple dollar store frame.
My last addition to the mantel, were these cute little glass bottles, also found at the dollar store. I thought it would be sweet to fill them with sand from some of the beaches we’ve visited this summer. Love how they turned out, and I still have a couple more for a few more beach visits this summer.
I love how the mantel turned out. It feels like summer at the lake.
With a reminder of beach days on the mantel, life really is a party!