Friday

DIY sea fan art

Sorry for this silence over here this week.  We've had kind of a crazy week.  Today I want to share with you the details of the sea fan artwork in our master bedroom.  This is seriously so easy to make, it hardly deserves a tutorial, but here you go!


You can buy framed sea fans, but they are pretty pricey.  And there's really no need to buy them because they are so simple to DIY.  I started out with these shadowbox frames.  I bought two of them for such a steal when our Hobby Lobby was moving to a different location and having a huge sale.  Michaels also has some good shadow boxes and some great frame sales from time to time too.  And of course there's always the IKEA Ribba shadowbox frames.  Those are always great!  You can also keep an eye out at thrift stores or yard sales for ugly artwork in a shadowbox frame and just follow the steps like I did below.  

So, here's where I started with my frames.  I removed the existing artwork to create a blank backdrop for my sea fans.  The back of the frames were covered with craft paper so I just pulled that off and lifted up the tabs on the back and the art popped right out.  I wanted a white background, so I picked up some foam board from Hobby Lobby as well.  I tried using poster board at first, but it wasn't large enough to cover my frames and it kept getting dented and wrinkled, which drove me crazy!  


I found the sea fans for a great deal when were visiting Charleston.  I've also seen them at Homegoods from time to time and ebay has a good selection too.  I used them for this project way back.  I just gave them a fresh coat of black paint to make them tie in with our new bedroom.  After the paint was dry, I hot glued them to the foam board.  I put most of the glue at the base of the sea fan and then I added a few more drops to the ends for reassurance.  Then I popped the foam board into my frames and I had instant artwork!




Hope you guys have a wonderful weekend!

7 comments:

Bethany DeVore said...

I love the inky look of them!

Bethany DeVore said...

So gorgeous! Simple and beautiful statement pieces

Bethany DeVore said...

these are fabulous! i second beth's statement!

Bethany DeVore said...

I love these, Bethany. I need to come across some sea fans one of these days!

Bethany DeVore said...

I've been dying to these! THanks for sharing!

Bethany DeVore said...

Hi there! I have been a blog stalker of yours for quite a while now! Your master bedroom blows me away. I have always thought about doing my master in calm blues to remind me of living by the ocean (we sadly moved almost 3 years ago from Charleston to Minnesota!) but your bedroom blows me away and I keep coming back to it! I have dark wood furniture though and I don't think the dark walls would go well with that. Do you? I think it is the headboard and white pieces that make it pop on those dark walls, and I am afraid that with the darker wood, it would just be lost. I would love your thoughts!

Bethany DeVore said...

Hi Kathryn! My husband and I love Charleston, it is one of our favorite places to visit! I can see why you miss it! I think the dark furniture could work, it just depends. Could you maybe just replace the headboard with something lighter? I know there are lots of tutorials for DIY upholstered headboards and Target has some great ones that are just the headboard so they are less expensive than a full bed. It also helps if you keep all the bedding mostly white, the curtains white, and use a large mirror (like the one I have above my dresser. You can also just make sure all your accessories are bright to help even out the darkness of the walls and the furniture. Hopefully that helps!

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