Sunday, April 24, 2011

Simple Starfish Display

I've been thinking of doing this project ever since I came across a roll of lovely light turquoise ribbon.  Since I've run out of supplies for my current project... and all the stores here are closed for Easter... tonight was the night!

This Simple Starfish Display was very easy to complete.  A dollar store frame, ribbon, and a glue gun were all I needed to make a home for this little guy from our Florida vacation.



Here's the how to...


Snip it.  Snip it good.
Cut the ribbon into pieces slightly larger than the inside dimensions of the mat for your frame {be sure to choose a frame with enough thickness to accommodate your starfish - a shadow box could work too}.  You'll need enough ribbon to cover both vertically and horizontally.



Line up and glue down.
On the back of your mat, line up the strips of ribbon, gluing along 1 vertical side and 1 horizontal side.



Over, under, over, under, over, under...
Weave the ribbon together by alternating the strips over and under each other.  Secure the ends with glue.




The star of the show.
Flip the mat over and glue the starfish in place.



I purchased my starfish, but if you're displaying a beach find, a tag with the place and date of where and when it was found could be a nice addition.  Or that info can just be written on the back of the frame.

Put the frame back together and there you have it.  An attractive and safe place to display your starfish... or whatever your heart desires.




Thanks for stopping by.

54 comments:

  1. The color of ribbon is perfect for the project, and the idea of a weaving the background is the cherry on top.

    Makes me miss Florida!

    I had to resort to buying ribbon at (cough) WalMart today because I had a project that I simply could not wait on!

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  2. oh we looooove this!! so clever and simply pretty! thanks so much for liking up too. xoxo.Kelli & Kristi

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  3. I agree with you!
    White paint is the best;)
    Love your little star display;)

    Lovely greetings...

    http://pudel-design.blogspot.com/

    PS: I´m your latest follower:)

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  4. I have 2 small shadow box style frames that I'm redoing. I've already done my 3rd one with burlap & safety pin words. I'll have to dig through my ribbon stash to see what I can come up with for this idea! <3

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  5. Love this! What a beautiful way of matting up the starfish! I'll have to incorporate a ribbon matted project into my picture ledge wall. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. I just found your blog and am your newest follower. This art display is stunning!! Thanks so much for sharing your amazing talents with all of us in blog land. You have left me totally inspired.

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  7. Oh my goodness, this is beautiful! Thanks so much for linking it. It looks so simple and yet so perfect! And i love the color, one of my favorites. :)

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  8. This is gorgeous! I love it! I'm now following you back, and I look forward to seeing more of your cute creations!

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  9. OH I love how simple and yet really pretty it is! Very cute!!!

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  10. omg how loveeellyyy!! i absolutely love the woven background and the color of the ribbon is just fabulous!

    thanks for stopping by my blog...i hope that i could inspire you to some future slow cooker yummy-ness :)

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  11. I LOVE this!! Great idea!
    I would love it if you linked up to {nifty thrifty sunday}!
    xoxo,
    Vanessa

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  12. That cools great, I've done the weaving with paper but not ribbon it looks really nice.
    I'm newly following you from the Monday hop.
    ttcandcookin.blogspot.com

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  13. This is super cute! Thanks for sharing :)

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  14. I just love what you did with the ribbon! I hope you will share at my party!

    Craft and Tell Tuesdays
    www.cherishedbliss.com

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  15. I love this Andrea! We're going for the beachy coastal look in our house and something like this would be perfect! You are such a treasure sharing your tutorials. xxx

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  16. Since my teenage boys and teenage daughter share a bathroom, it was hard to come up with something neutral. I wanted something more grown up so I have starfish in their bathroom and this idea is another great way to display them. The ribbon weaving makes the picture.

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  17. The ribbon background is so clever! I love it and the color is so pretty!

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  18. That is the cutest thing! I love the colors here. Great job!

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  19. Love the weaved ribbon, very clever!

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  20. Fabulous idea - it looks wonderful. The color of the ribbon with the white starfish contrast beautifully.

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  21. Cute and effective.. I especially love the colours!!! Have a great wednesday.. ciao xxx Julie

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  22. Love the starfish! Love the ribbon color! Love the ribbon weaved! Love it all! NICE!!

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  23. This is adorable!! Love it!

    Adore the color!

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  24. This is so beautiful! I love the woven ribbon and the whole color palette - so much fun texture and patterns... just gorgeous!

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  25. Hi Andrea. How simply smart of you. I love this easy idea, especially the gorgeous teal with the simple starfish!

    Hugs...Tracy :)

    P.S. I've got a giveaway ending Fri. I'd love you to stop by and enter.

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  26. Very nice! love how it turned out and love that ribbon colour. Glad you stopped by the Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays and joined the party!

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  27. The color and texture is just the perfect back drop to showcase the starfish. I passed this on to my blog friend who loves seaside creations!

    Thanks so much for linking up to Terrific Under Ten!

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  28. That background on your display is what caught my eye. Love the pattern!


    If you have a moment today, please share this with my readers @Creative Juice Thursday. Hope to see yours among all the amazing projects!

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  29. Beautiful idea. Love the color and the woven ribbon. The contrast is great!

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  30. Love it - thanks for the great idea!

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  31. Saw this on TT&J and had to come see for myself. Absolutely awesome!

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  32. I made this today! Perfect Mother's Day gift. Thanks so much for the idea :)

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  33. How creative! The colors are so nautical :) We would ♥ for you to show this off at our linky party!

    LollyJane
    lollyjaneboutique.blogspot.com

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  34. I absolutely love this!!! I featured this on my blog today!! :)

    http://alililly.blogspot.com/2011/05/sponsor-sunday-i-found-awesomeness.html

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  35. Love this! I have been thinking of some sort of starfish/ sand dollar art for our powder room and this would work fabulously!

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  36. Andrea - This is simply stunning - I love the colors together. Thanks so much for linking to the Sunday Showcase - I greatly appreciate it. I have featured this today! Hope you have a fabulous week ~ Stephanie Lynn

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  37. Thanks for linking to Creative Juice Thursday. Hope to see you back this week.

    {so glad I found your blog...}

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  38. Hi, Andrea! I'm admiring all your creative posts here so can you please share them with us at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop? Hope to see you there at the party :)

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  39. I am loving this basketweave technique!

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  40. I love this idea so much! I made my own take on this using your basket weave idea - http://ladyanne525.wordpress.com/2011/06/06/seashell-specimen-art/

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  41. SO adorable...was the perfect compliment to my wall shelf, thanks for the tutorial! Here's the one I made:

    http://mejiamamma.blogspot.com/2011/06/pretty-little-starfish.html

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  42. Stunning! I love the color, but the way the light dances of the different textures is amazing! Great project!

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  43. I loved the blue...it is just perfect..so cute idea! You got a beautiful space here! Hope to see you on my blog:)

    Sanghamitra.

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  44. This is beautiful. I love the color and the simplicity of it. Adding the starfish = pure elegance!

    Cheers,
    Tracy Screaming Sardine

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  45. Awesome project! I just wanted to let you know that I featured it yesterday on "You Sew Rock Me Fridays" at my blog Sew Rockin'. Here's the link: http://www.sewrockin.com/2011/12/16/you-sew-rock-me-fridays-9.

    I can't wait to see what else you come up with!

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  46. Very Classy....Saw something simular to this in a store and it was way over priced. I live on the beach and I am always looking for things to do with my seashells

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  47. Wow . . . beautiful! My bathroom really needs some help, so I'm going to have to try this!

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  48. LOVE this idea!! We just bought a house and I want to do a mermaid themed bathroom. I have some star fish that my mom saved from our vacations to the beach when I was a kid that I want to incorporate into the decor. I was going to put them on canvas but was worried that the starfish might not stay on the canvas and crash to the floor. This is the perfect solution! I love the ribbon too..it's such a unique idea!

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