Under The Sea

6 Materials
$25
4 Hours
Easy

It maybe Fall but with temps in the high 90's it's hard to think of it as a seasonal change yet.
Still craving the beach and adding to my Mermaid Deck, I thought "Why not a Mermaid Garden?"
I dug through my Treasure Pile and came across this tin box from Dad's Shop. 
Yes, I still have lots of Treasures from the farm ♥

Deciding to paint it instead of leaving it au naturale.
I used Rust-oleum American Accents in Gloss Seaside.
I really kind of winged this one. I had an idea of what I wanted, but added to it over time as I found items that would work.

I filled about 3/4 of it with styrofoam, I only really needed a shallow area for the garden. I added soil to fill in the gaps, then started my decorative top.

One thing I planned to do differently from my Fairy Garden
 was to use ALL faux plants. I knew I wanted shells, sand, 
beach glass and other small beach paraphernalia and didn't want 
to take the chance of them being dislodged by watering.
I came across a piece of netting and draped it across the inside of the lid, which I kept propped open.

I added faux air plants, seaweed, a small mermaid, along with other ocean inspired bits I came across and entwined them in the netting.
oh YES! I found one of my kids baby fork and embellished it with rhinestones. Have to have a Dinglehopper!
On the left ~ 
coral (from Miami Beach), starfish, 
sea glass (from Jewel Beach in Kodiak),
shells (Miami and Kodiak), baby seahorses,
a dried lotus with inserted iridescent marbles ~ Dad saved the marbles from spray paint cans ~
faux plants, and a pretty under the sea castle. 
On the right ~
A gorgeous Mermaid I happened upon at Hobby Lobby
(yes, I know she's too big, but it was love at 1st sight) - what can I say - 
the heart wants what it wants. LOL Plus everything was half off!

She sits upon a piece of wood with real moss attached that my sister brought back from one of her treks - 
a perfect divider between ocean and beach, don't you think?

Faux plants, a sand castle, beach chair (from one of my Birthday Cakes!),
white sand (Miami), and shells (Miami and Kodiak) dot the beach.
I know I crammed a lot, probably too much, but I love it!
Another piece of bringing the beach to me   
All done! I agree let's be Mermaids!   

Suggested materials:

  • Paint  (Walmart)
  • Tin Box  (Already Had)
  • Small Beach Items  (Already had)
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