This fun coastal beach sign was an easy and inexpensive DIY project I put together for the July #30dayflip Dollar Store Flip Challenge.
Participants of the July flip were challenged to create a project using items from the dollar store. For my coastal beach sign, I did cheat a bit by using some scrap wood and spray paint I had on hand from a prior project, but I figured since they were free that it wasn’t really cheating.
Here are my supplies for this project. I had to purchase the wooden letters, the frames, and the glue. All the other items I had on hand, but are easily found at any dollar store.
I started by removing the glass from the frames and spray painted them a cream colour.
I then went to my backyard to my kids sandbox, and put a generous amount of glue on the glass.
I then smeared it with a paper towel to spread the glue all over the glass.
I then poured sand all over the glass covering it. I let it dry for 24 hours so that the sand was well adhered to the glass.
Cereal boxes were cut into five tag shapes using a little template I made. The tags were painted in varying shades of blue. I started with a white paint, and added more and more blue to the paint, which created an ombre effect.
I then glued the letters to the tags to form the B-E-A-C-H letters.
I put the glass back into the frames and attached the tags. To make sure the tags didn’t wiggle around too much, I used the hot glue gun to glue the tags to the sand.
Using some scrap wood I had left over from my Closet Makeover Project, I made a template for the tip of the arrow. I love using cereal boxes as templates as they are just the right thickness of cardboard to easily create anything.
Once I drew out my arrow tip on the board, I cut it out using my jigsaw.
I also added a rounded edge to the board to make the arrow point to the right. Here is what the arrow looks like before I added any details or paint.
The scrap wood I had on hand was only 12 inches wide, which meant I had to use another piece to make the tip of the arrow. I glued it in place and let it dry for about an hour. If my wood had been larger, I could have simply drawn the whole arrow out and then cut it out. This method was really easy though, as I had fewer cuts and I was able to use what I had on hand. Two thumbs up for recycling!
To create the look of driftwood, I painted the arrow a pale silvery grey colour I had in my paint stockpile. I then did a dry-brushing technique using black craft paint, which helped make the wood look worn and sun bleached; just like driftwood.
I then glued the frames right on to the arrow using the same wood glue.
To hang it, I screwed two small D hooks to the back of the arrow. This fun sign turned out way bigger than I had planned, but that’s okay with me. I love it.
For now, it’s just in my backyard, but I plan to take it to my family cottage soon to give it a home there and to let everyone know exactly where the beach is at. Lol.
See you next time my friends,