Saturday, June 15, 2013

Faux Driftwood Sign

I've been in a beach mood.  No, I don't want to squeeze into a bathing suit, bake in the sun, or swim in the cold water, I just want to go for a walk.  I want to explore.

repurposed concrete tool
I want to look for driftwood, shells, sea glass, and any other little treasures I might be
 able to use.

repurposed wooden concrete tool
The nearest beach is at least a 1 1/2 hour drive from here...without traffic.  I'd love to replenish my driftwood supply, but just haven't had the time to get out and explore.  

how to repurpose an old concrete tool
The next best thing was this old wooden concrete trowel.  Kind of drift-woody looking
 don't you think?

make a faux driftwood beach sign with an old cement tool
I cut out the "beach" stencil with my Silhouette, taped off the arrow, then painted the shadows free hand.  They're a little wobbly because of the heavy grain in the wood and the two cups of coffee I had this morning.

beach and starfish sign
The handle holds it up at just the right angle.

how to make a beach and starfish sign
Just point me in the right direction!

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32 comments:

  1. How cute Betsy. What an amazing idea to use the trowel. I love the starfish and the beach and arrow stencil looks great!

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  2. It's perfect! I love the weathered look and the handle gives it a great way to prop it up. You think of the best projects! I'm loving the beach colors, too! Enjoy your weekend my friend!

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  3. Great job - even with the extra coffee. :D
    Hope you are enjoying the weekend.

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  4. OLÁ BETSY,EU GOSTAR MUITO DE SUA IDÉIA,MUITO CRIATIVO,PARABÉNS.BOM DOMINGO.VALÉRIA.

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  5. I hear ya Betsy I am ready for a beach too!
    What a super cool sign!
    xx
    Anne

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  6. Marvelous re-imagining of that old tool! Never mind the two cups of coffee - the shadows look fabulous to me.

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  7. Betsy that is a really great sign and I love the wooden trowel! I love to walk on the beach, I sure do miss living close to the ocean!

    hugs,
    Linda

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  8. We are headed over to the coast for a couple nights in early July and SO looking forward.
    Love the use of the concrete float. I think we might have one knocking around out in the shed so must see if I can find it!

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  9. Very cute Betsy. Now don't be mad at me...I went on a driftwood hunt today and loaded up more to add to my pile. Lamps are being made this week and more signs.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  10. So Cute!! Sure wished I lived near a beach...but not any here where I live.
    hugs,
    Cindy

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  11. Beaches and beach decor are near and dear to my heart. Love this! The painting looks pretty great to me. We collect "Lake glass" at Lake Michigan and will be exploring the Jersey shore later this week. Have a great weekend.

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  12. Simply perfect! The wood and starfish made the difference. And I would love to join you for a walk to the beach too

    Have a great week Betsy!

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  13. Love the weathered beachy sign. What lovely vintage treasures you have! Now following!

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  14. Adorable! Love the color too. I am headed to the ocean with my trailer this week, I will be looking for driftwood...thanks!

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  15. Cute, like the handle on the backside!! Happy Sunday! xo Holly

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  16. Your beach sign is fabulous!! Great job of recycling, too ~
    Cheers!

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  17. Love it Betsy! Your imagination never ceases to amaze me. Love the star fish; I have one of those around here somewhere... have had it since I was young!

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  18. Hi Betsy....I love this sign! Before reading your post I was searching my wood stash for a piece to make a sign. I like the simplicity of it! Have a great week!
    Love Hugs & Purrs,
    Loretta & Kitty

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  19. I hope you can make it to the beach sometime soon. Until then, your sign does bring that feel around. I love how the handle works as a way to hold it up! Smart thinking.
    Liz

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  20. I've been craving the beach, too! Love your sweet sign :)
    Susan

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  21. Your sign is great! I don't see anything at all bad with your free handing shadows. I can only imagine what mine would look like after coffee. Great job!
    Becky

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  22. I love your imagination! This is so cute! xo

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  23. Betsy, you are soooo creative the trowel is perfect. I would love a Silhouette so i could make any stencil I wanted and I think your shading is perfect! Thank you for the sweet comments on my sons graduation!

    Carol

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  24. What an incredible way to use an old tool, so smart. I love how the sign looks. Think I'll borrow your idea of how you showed it if that's ok. I don't have a cameo or cricut or any of those awesome machines but I try to do a resemblance in spite of it. It's a challenge to me to try at least. Love your sign. Happy Summer

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  25. How cool is this!!! Great repurposing, Betsy!!!

    xoxo

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  26. This turned out beautifully, Betsy! I sure don't see any wobble!

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  27. This looks great, proving that if you have the eye, you can see the beauty and usefulness in every object. You definitely have the eye! Love it.
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  29. Love it, Betsy! Love the sign and I love the font you did for it. I'd say you saved yourself a 1 1/2 hour drive! : )

    Thanks for linking up to The Creative HomeAcre blog hop!

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