SUMMER KICKS OFF this long Memorial Day weekend and I couldn’t be more excited! I have one of my nearest and dearest coming to town from Miami and my hubby will be off work to spend some extra time with the family. What could be better? In the spirit of this patriotic weekend I am linking back to a DIY I did last summer for Independence Day. It’s my American flag-inspired art with a coastal twist.
If you love combing the beach when you go on summer vacation I’m sure you have a bowl or vase somewhere in your home filled with seashore goodies. Why not take a few of those pretties out of the bowl and get them up on the wall? I found these sand dollars last year when I went to Ft. Myers Beach, Florida for my 30th birthday. I’d never found a sand dollar in all my years so I knew these delicate sea flowers would demand special attention once they came home with me. You could make this artwork with shells or starfish or anything else that strikes your fancy. Just line the little creatures up in a row for the “stars” effect. Visit this post for the full DIY.
While I’m at it I figured I’d talk to you about the updates to my gallery wall. Last year when I made the flag this is what the wall looked like:
And here’s the wall today (literally, I took this today):
This is why I LOVE gallery walls. It’s the perfect way to display artwork and photographs as your collection grows. I’ve added a few items that were gifted to me over the past year, as well as some photographs of my little squirt (who didn’t exist Earth-side last year!). My collection is not full of entirely new pieces, but when I decide to add a new piece that often requires adding something else to balance it out.
Creating an effortlessly balanced look to your gallery wall is not an effortless endeavor. I had to patch up at least three holes on the left side because I changed my mind about how to hang those three little guys on the end so many times. This is why you’ll often see it recommended to lay out your composition on the floor first or to tape paper cutouts of your pieces on the wall before ever striking a nail. While I have used these planning methods in the past, my self-control in this department is limited. Once I have that hammer in my hot little hand it’s usually all over.
I was also considering two other pieces that didn’t make the cut so that made the whole exercise even longer. Options are a good thing when you’re trying to acheive this look; just be sure to commit to a compostion that looks great and understand that individual pieces you LOVE might not work. You can find another home for them. I promise.
Do you have a gallery wall at home? Are you looking to start one? For more of my tips on how to compose your gallery wall, visit this post!