Sand Dollar Garland Knock Off

This post is from a while back so whatever you do, please excuse the old photos!  This project and a few more are for all of you shell lovers looking for a quick and easy summer decorating idea.

starfish and sand dollar garland

A while back Pottery Barn had a beautiful sand dollar garland hanging over one of their headboards.

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It was beautiful and here is my own knock-off version...

I started with faux starfish and sand dollars. 

The shells I used are not real but you can not tell, even close up!

You could certainly use real sand dollars and starfish if you are lucky enough to find some.

I began by tying them onto a length of waxed twine.

sand dollar and starfish on a length of waxed thread

sand dollar on a wooden board

When they were all tied onto the length of twine,

I added small coral between each piece.

Another idea is to spray paint the starfish, maybe with a metallic color like gold or silver.

I hung the garland below my fireplace mantel.

mantel with shell candlesticks and garland

I also made the seashell candlesticks by just hot gluing beautiful shells into the top of thrifted candlesticks, it was a simple project.

Starfish and shells on a garland

I think my garland came out looking just as good as theirs!

Another shell idea is to decoupage clam shells, this was a fun project with great results!

Before you go you're going to want to see the beautiful shiny shells I gave out as gifts

Here are a few more if you love summer shell projects!

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  1. I love your garland...very simple and yet very beautiful. your rock fireplace too! Lesa

  2. i do so miss having a christmas tree shop nearby...your handmade garland is lovely!


  3. I love this idea. There is nothing so beautiful as a perfect sand dollar. I wish I lived near the beach so I could pull off beach themed decorations. Lucky you!

  4. OK, that is gorgeous! We'll be hitting the waters this weekend and I'll get my son to find me some sand dollars so I can make this too - thank you!

  5. This is a very nice accent piece. I'm kicking myself for not remembering to grab a basket full of sand dollars I saw at an estate sale. I got distracted with my other finds, and forgot to ask about them.

  6. Susan, your summer beachy garland is fantastic! I think our class room needs a garland too.

  7. so pretty! Thanks for linking up and sharing!

  8. Cute! I've been looking for something like this for my guest bedroom! This turned out great!


  9. Lovely! Such a simple and elegant garland. Great idea! Thanks so much for sharing!

  10. Lovely! We had a trip to the beach earlier this month and I found a little bit of a sand dollar (a relatively whole bit).

    This is the second time today 've heard of something awesome from this Christmas Tree place. I must find one!

  11. I made a felt sand dollar garland earlier this summer, but I really like the au natural look! I may have to do this for my boyfriend's boat/beach themed office!

  12. I like yours better too Susan...great job...I think I'll be making one of these too....we are at the beach so I may use some of my daughters finds to make it...thx for sharing....come on over and visit...Mariaelena

  13. That turned out wonderful! I love the coral. Thanks for linking it up at Home Sweet Home!

  14. That is so inspiring!! Thank you for sharing!!!


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