Projects Sometimes Take on Lives of Their Own

Sometimes I start with an idea, and maybe I even think I know where I’m going with it.  But somewhere along the way it takes a detour because either the idea I had really isn’t working out, or because I didn’t plan really well, or I thought of something better, or, well, whatever.  There are a million and one reasons.  I don’t really care, as long as the finished product is something I like and I had fun.  This frame is one of those things.  Thankfully I think it turned out better than I originally even envisioned it.

When my youngest son and his wife visited in January I took a photo of them that I really liked and I wanted to send it to them.  But I decided I wanted to frame it.  At some point I decided I would make a frame and blog about it (of course!) and since this whole Handmade Monday thing is causing me to have to come up with something, I thought, yes, ok, that’s what I would do this week.

At first I thought of doing a decoupage frame with paper of some sort. Then I thought something beachy would be better.  I have done some really fun shell frames in the past, although I was not up for doing a whole one of those yet, because they are very time consuming and there was no way I could start one on Sunday and have it ready for THIS Monday.  So, anyway, this whole thing evolved.

But, I think you will like it.  I’ll show you how it grew from a bare idea into a finished product.  Let’s just head over to Make It and take a look at the Beach Shell Frame.

A Memory Keeper for Visitors

Since we live near the beach, when people come to visit they usually have a few seashells they have collected when they leave.  I searched for inexpensive  snow globes to have on hand to give them to put their treasures in, to remember their  visit, but the ones I found were pretty pricey and large, and were just not what I wanted.  At first I went with vases, to fill with shells, but that wasn’t really what I wanted either, so I needed to come up with something else.

This is easy, and for the most part you can make it with things you might have around the house, especially if you do crafts.  The lid is the most time consuming or difficult part, and you could just buy a cork stopper (you can find them in a craft store in various sizes, although you might have to trim it a bit to fit).  If you do that, save the screw on lid to transport this, so your guest doesn’t get sand and shells all over everything, or put the insides in a ziplock and have them assemble it once they get home.  Also, I cannot say if this can go through airport screening. Who knows these days?

But, they are a cute way to remember a day at the beach!  For step by step directions with photos go to Make it and check out Sea Shells in a Jar.