It’s that time of year again, when our family heads to the coast of Lake Michigan, the Warren Dunes to be exact, for a day of fun in the sun (and lots of sand) at the beach. When I talked about 5 tips for choosing a vacation home at a camping resort, I left out one tip (albeit a very personal one) that it would absolutely, positively, without question have to be within walking distance of the shores of big, big beach!!
Lake Michigan just happens to qualify as the closest big, big beach, but I would leave it open to almost any beach or shoreline in the world (big or small, I’m not as picky as I sound) if I could, because the bottom line is…
I HEART THE BEACH!!
What do I love about the beach…hmmm?
Sand on my feet, rushing waves, seagulls screeching, children laughing, finding shells along the shore…
Here is a coastal inspired DIY project using decorative fisherman netting and left over jars.
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Jars, colored or plain. (I colored some of my own and also used some of these jars.)
Colored jars, or not
I always have plenty of leftover jars from spaghetti sauce, pickles or salsa. I just can’t toss ’em.
To color some of them, I used this tutorial by lillyshop.com: How to make colored mason jars.
If you want colored jars for outside use, follow this tutorial from curbly.com: DIY (waterproof) stained bottles.
Don’t want to color your own jars???? I also used some blue mason jars, bought from the store.
To color the greenish/ blue jars, I used the first technique with food coloring in the color teal, but I added a bit more blue then the food coloring directions on the food coloring box called for.
Before you begin, read the label of your glue to check how long of an open time you have and how long it takes to dry before handling. If you do not use the E6000, try to get a glue with a 2-5 minute open time, that dries crystal clear and that works on glass and you should be fine.
Also, I mention using toothpicks. I used the toothpicks to hold the netting or hemp twine in place whenever needed for while the glue was setting. This helped to keep my fingers from getting too sticky (most of the time.) I also used them to touch up any spots that needed just a tad more glue.
Step 1: Cut the fisheman netting to size, leaving extra for overlap. The fisherman netting is more stretchy going one way, so I cut most of the netting so that the stretchy side went up and down along the jars. A few of the jars had netting going the other way, and that worked fine, too.
Step 2: Run a glue line, or glue dollops along one side of the jar, and then wrap netting over and let excess hang over the opposite side for weight. Dab netting into place and let dry 1 hour.
Step 3: Trim off excess netting on glued piece and then apply another line of glue (or dollops) along the same spot and wrap the second side of netting. Dab into place and let dry at least 1 hour.
Step 4: Trim off excess netting when dry so the glue seam looks like this.
(This photo shows the rim wrapped already, but that is the next step —->)
Step 5: Cut a piece of hemp twine (it helps to cut the ends on an angle), glue one end to the rim of the jar, let the glue set for a few minutes, add glue lines along the rim of the jar; and then wrap the twine around the rim. Snip off excess with an angle cut, and then glue down to rim of jar.
Step 5: Trim off excess netting on the top of the jar and then trim off the excess netting on the bottom of the jar, leaving just enough to wrap and glue around the bottom of the jar.
Once glue is dry, place the jar right side up on a table and if any of those netting nubbies are getting in the way of the jar being stable, then snip off the nubbies that seem to be sticking out.
Just say no to netting nubbies:p !!
The glue should dry overnight to cure for best results, but other than that, I was ready to add some beach to my kitchen area shelving.
I added sand or shells in some of the jars. I added candles to a few, as well. Inside or out, the beachy jars have made my day while I do a count down until we leave for the shore.
So, are you planning to get your toes in the sand anytime soon?
Thanks for stopping by ~ Amy
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