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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Beach Inspired Rock/Nature Art

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A few weeks ago when we were at Cape Cod visiting my parents, Hazel and I saw some really neat nature artwork in a store. We thought we could have a go at making them. When we went to the ocean, we collected rocks. I tried to collect small rocks, but Hazel really liked the big ones.
Hazel's Creations

I was trying to figure out a cheap background for these and came across a discontinued sample of a home dec fabric at Jo-Ann Fabrics on sale for $1. I bought it and we made homemade canvases with popsicle sticks. Then we began to arrange them. Hazel wanted to use all the big rocks on our little homemade canvases, but of course it did not work. We actually went and bought some larger canvases so she could have fun with the bigger rocks and I made most of the smaller ones. While buying the canvases, we noticed the river rocks and glass gems were on sale for $1, so we bought some and used them as well.
Our Animals: Whale, Turtle and Crab and Turtle

The original designs we had seen at the store included a turtle, a shell wreath and a map of Cape Cod. We copied these and made some of our own designs. I have a cousin getting married on Cape Cod this fall and thought they might like to have one of the maps. I put a red rock where they are getting married on  the map for them and used a store bought canvas. I am thinking we may give one of the other maps to my parents and of course keep one for ourselves.
We used a low temp glue gun to attach the rocks to the fabric or canvas and use the glue gun to make the canvases. Then afterward I glued some more popsicle sticks to them to be a frame. I also added some blue glitter glue to make the whale more recognizable. 
I also used some small shells I had bought ages ago to make the wreath and put a small star fish in the middle. Overall we had fun and it was an easy way to make something with the rocks we collected (and bought) to keep our beach memories alive.

5 comments:

  1. Super cute! Love your beach-themed pictures made from natural materials. What a fun idea!

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  2. These are great. We are headed to the beach in a few weeks! Please come share (if you haven't already) with us at Eco-Kids Tuesday. http://likemamalikedaughter.blogspot.com/2013/07/eco-kids-tuesday.html

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  3. Very nice! I love how they turned out, and it's such a great way to keep memories from the trip!

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  4. This is really cute and creative! Thank you for linking up at Well Crafted Wednesdays!

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  5. What a fun idea - Thanks for sharing at Mom’s Library. I am featuring it on iGameMom http://igamemom.com/2013/07/24/non-traditional-art-projects-for-kids-moms-library/

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