DIY: Driftwood Mobile

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2014-05-22 09.14.15 copyThis simple and beachy DIY mobile is so easy and is a great way to display a collection of drift wood or other found beach treasures.

What you’ll need:

Several pieces of drift wood, any shape or length under about 9in

Fishing line, anything over 20lb test

Drill or dremel

Starfish, or any item you’d like to finish your mobile with

DIY: Drift Wood Mobile #hawaiianstylehale

Collect and sort your drift wood.  I arranged this one with the longest up top, tapering down with the shortest last.

DIY: Drift Wood Mobile #hawaiianstylehale

Drill holes in the center of each piece of wood.  The drift wood is fairly soft and will drill easily. I used 2 turquoise beads about an inch long to act as the stopper at the bottom of the mobile.  Attached whatever you’re using as the stopper and then begin stringing your wood pieces from smallest to largest.

DIY: Drift Wood Mobile #hawaiianstylehale

DIY: Drift Wood Mobile #hawaiianstylehaleOnce you’re done stringing your wood lengths, secure the top of the mobile by tying a knot in the fishing line.  With a small drill bit, or even a thick needle, create a hole in the top of the starfish or other item you’re using at the bottom of your mobile.  I used thinner fishing line to attach it to the bottom.

DIY: Drift Wood Mobile #hawaiianstylehale

Using a drywall anchor and hook, position and secure mobile.

DIY: Drift Wood Mobile #hawaiianstylehale

DIY: Drift Wood Mobile #hawaiianstylehale

DIY: Drift Wood Mobile #hawaiianstylehale

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FRESH: PUA ALOALO

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Pua Aloalo is one of six species of Hibiscus native to Hawai’i.

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The yellow Pua Aloalo is the State Flower however today we are featuring the beautiful white flower.  It’s delicate white petals and bright pink stamen are signature.  The width and length of the petals can vary.

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These plants do well outdoors with full sun and frequent watering.  They bring a sense of cultural beauty to any outdoor space.

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DIY: Air Plant in a Jar

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Some of my favorite things: jars, shells, sand, plants.  Here is a super easy DIY to add some beachy earthiness to your bookcase, coffee table or kitchen.

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Clean, empty jar, glass, bottle, clear pretty container

Base – sand

Filling – shells, rocks, beach glass

Air plant

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Start with your base layer.  It reminds me of making a dessert truffle, layering the cookies, crumbs, pudding, cake and basically all things delicious.  You can choose as many layers as you’d like.  Start with the smallest layering items first and work your way up.Image

Continue adding your layers until you’re just below the rim of your container.  Snuggle your air plant into the enter and you’re done!  These air plants are fairly easy to love.  If they start to look a little dry or start browning, spritz them every once in a while with some water from a spray bottle.  These are hardy, easy to make, super versatile and affordable! Enjoy!

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