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,
Great idea and seems doable! Thanks for posting!
Sue Purdy says
It was so easy (and cheap) to put together. My two favourite things… lol
That is so cute! I love that the materials came from either the Dollar Store or with what you already had on hand. It’s perfect!
Sue Purdy says
Thank you so much Cecelia. I love it when a project forces me to be creative and use what I have on hand. Sometimes it ends up turning out way better than anything store bought ????