Sunday, September 8, 2013

Beach Theme Mantel and Vintage Beach Photos

We have one last post to share from Mom's surprise party.  I had photos of my Mom and Dad at the beach in 1961, and wanted to use them at the party. After seeing glass blocks at Hobby Lobby, I knew exactly how to display them.  The block turned out so cute that it led to a complete beach themed mantel that everyone just loved!

Vintage Beach Theme Glass Block by Crafty In Crosby

It took all of about 30 minutes to throw together and most of the time was spent arranging the seashells and tying the bow. I used PicMonkey to re-size the scans, crop them down, and add a white border to make look like original black and whites.

My Mom and Dad were some good looking kids back in the day.  
Mom was 18 here and Dad was 19.

Here are pictures of the complete mantel - 

Beach Theme Mantel by Crafty In Crosby

Sand Dollar Banner by Crafty In Crosby
 The vase filler came from HomeGoods and only cost $7.99 !! everything in the vase was in the box of filler including the real shells and the faux starfish. I absolutely love it and will be using this again.

Beach Theme Mantel by Crafty In Crosby

At the opposite end of the mantel, I used 3 vintage blue Ball jars filled with sand, shells, and small glass votives.  To finish off the jars, we wrapped twine around the top and glued shells to the twine.

Beach Theme Ball Jars by Crafty In Crosby

You might have seen our Sand and Sea Wreath that we posted earlier in August.  It is attached to the artwork over the mantel with a command adhesive hook. It is hard to see in the picture of the mantel, but here is a photo of it that I took outside in the daylight.

Sand and Sea Wreath by Crafty In Crosby

This mantelscape is just full of sentimental items.  The sand dollars came from a family trip that we made to Charleston shortly after my Dad passed away in 2004 and most of the seashells were gathered or purchased on trips to the beach we've made over the years. Not to mention, the photos of my parents.

One thing that I've learned over the years, is that the items that are most valuable to me, are those that bring back sweet memories of loved ones and good times.  This mantel is full of those memories and makes my heart happy!


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  1. What a cute idea! I'd love if you'd link up to The DIYers!

    1. Thanks so much Kayla! We linked up and are following you via Bloglovin. Looking forward to partying with you!

  2. I love coastal decor and everything is just beautiful. I am so glad that you shared with us this week at Monday Funday. Have a great week!

    Take care,


    1. Thank you guys! We love it too and it just reminds me of fun times! Thanks for hosting the fabulous party each week!

  3. I love this! You did a really sweet gesture for your mum and I think that’s a wonderful thing. Memories are what make us, and memories like these are what make life beautiful. I am planning a 70’s themed party for my dad in one of the NYC venues and I’ve invited all his friends. It’ll be a lot of fun!


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