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« on: April 16, 2012 09:55:27 AM »

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Driftwood Cottages - featuring Elmer's products

I'm lucky enough to live just a few miles from the beach and when the weather allows, I love to comb the shores for beach glass, seashells, pretty rocks and driftwood!

With a splash of color from Elmer's paint pens, these pieces of beach-combed driftwood were transformed into bright little cottages.





These little cottages are really easy and fun to make. All you need is some wood and a package of paint pens. If you don't live near a beach, check Etsy for driftwood packages available for purchase.

I start by drawing the outline of the main house features using simple shapes.



Then I color in each shape. I did one coat, let it dry and then went over the top again to make the colors extra rich and bright.



Once everything is dry (which only takes about 5 minutes) the final step is to outline your shapes with a black marker and add any special details you want.



Now that you have a cute cottage, or maybe a whole collection of cute cottages, what are you going to do with them?? Here are some ideas!

- Leave them around the beach for someone else to discover
- Glue a magnet to the back and use on the fridge
- Add them to potted plants as a home for bugs
- Connect them in a ring to make a wreath
- Line a row of them up on your mantle as a special decoration
- What other ideas can you think of?

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« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2012 11:38:01 AM »

These are sooo adorable and you make them look incredibly easy!
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« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2012 01:30:34 PM »

Love, love, love! Pinned and rocked. Smiley These pens need to be bought for me,today.
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« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2012 02:14:22 PM »

These are soooo awesome!  And I bet having the pens made it a ton easier (not that it looks all that easy, anyway) to do!
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« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2012 02:17:48 PM »

You really can't help but be happy when you open this thread.  These are so cute!
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« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2012 02:30:59 PM »

wow!  i love the way these look, and you make it look entirely do able! I can draw a house!  Now just to find some drift wood (and some elmers paint pens!) this summer!
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« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2012 07:24:25 PM »

They really are so easy! If you can draw a triangle and a square, you can make your own village Smiley.
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« Reply #7 on: April 16, 2012 09:01:02 PM »

Lime, you know how much I love your style - thanks for sharing your technique!
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« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2012 04:56:53 AM »

I couldn't imaging a paint pen would work this nicely on wood.  I'm going to look for these next time I hit the craft stores.
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« Reply #9 on: April 17, 2012 06:15:30 AM »

I love these, Lime. And I'm envious that you live so close to the water!
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« Reply #10 on: April 17, 2012 07:09:15 AM »

The paint pens really had great coverage on the wood. Some of the lighter colors I would go over twice but they worked like a dream.

cackle - if it makes you feel better, the water is freezing Smiley.
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« Reply #11 on: April 17, 2012 10:02:25 AM »

I love how bright and happy these little houses are!  I love the colors you used, too!  So cute!  I want like a whole village of these happy little fellows.  I'm gonna have to keep my open for drift wood the next time I'm at the ocean.
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« Reply #12 on: April 18, 2012 09:22:07 AM »

While I was writing this week's Project of the Week email (that's you, by the way!), I also thought these would be adorable additions to a house warming gift.  You could attach one to the top of your gift package with raffia or twine.
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« Reply #13 on: April 18, 2012 09:41:43 AM »

That is a great idea, sweets! Definitely going to do that. You could even add a ribbon and loop it around a nice bottle of wine - or add it to a pretty potted plant.
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« Reply #14 on: April 18, 2012 09:49:07 AM »

Ahhh, around a wine bottle!  Love that.
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« Reply #15 on: April 18, 2012 11:22:23 AM »

these are stinkin' cute. can't wait to try these when i get back to Michigan. great pic where they are all lined up in the sand!!
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« Reply #16 on: April 18, 2012 05:08:29 PM »

Awwww these are gorgeous and yup also jealous of your proximity to water, lived near the sea for 5yrs and now I'm a landlubber  Cry

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« Reply #17 on: April 19, 2012 03:01:58 AM »

love these, have two shoe boxes full of driftwood just sitting waiting for ideas. Thanks for inspiration. Smiley
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« Reply #18 on: April 19, 2012 06:28:37 AM »

Do you do anything special to clean them to make sure there are no "critters" in/on wood if you want to bring them into the house?
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« Reply #19 on: April 19, 2012 07:02:37 AM »

Do you do anything special to clean them to make sure there are no "critters" in/on wood if you want to bring them into the house?

Yes! I should have mentioned this. Thank you for bringing it up.

When I bring the driftwood home, I give all of the pieces a nice long bleach/water bath. I use a fingernail scrubber brush thing to scrub them down and clean in any small cracks. After a really good rinse, I let the pieces dry for a day or 2 before I paint them.
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« Reply #20 on: April 19, 2012 07:25:41 AM »

So, so adorable!  Lime, I love your driftwood cottages!
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« Reply #21 on: April 19, 2012 09:47:52 AM »

I LOVE THESE! Grin
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« Reply #22 on: April 20, 2012 04:33:29 AM »

This reminds me of a project my grandmother did when I was young! She collected pieces of driftwood, painted designs on them and then turned them into jewelry boards by screwing a bunch of small hooks into them. They were perfect for hanging necklaces, rings and bracelets.
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« Reply #23 on: April 20, 2012 08:31:07 AM »

That is a great idea, Tomato2011! I need a new jewelry organizer too Smiley.
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these are so so sweet, i want to live in them, LimeRiot!

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« Reply #25 on: April 20, 2012 07:59:19 PM »

Yup, these are my favorite.
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« Reply #26 on: April 20, 2012 08:35:40 PM »

These are SO CUTE!!!
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« Reply #27 on: April 23, 2012 04:43:11 PM »

Those are so cute! Smiley
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« Reply #28 on: April 23, 2012 04:45:28 PM »

Thanks, all!
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« Reply #29 on: May 05, 2012 07:07:17 AM »

I think you need to get in your car, come to my house, I'll make the cocktails and we can make these together. So stinking cute!
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I love the bright colors! perfect for the garden.
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