I know what you’re thinking….starfish aren’t really very ‘farmy’. But aside from the facts that I grew up near the beach, and we’re in Los Angeles which is technically on the beach, these starfish hold some pretty heavy sentimental value. You see, the Texan and I got married on the beach, and instead of flower petals scattered down the aisle, we had starfish and sea glass. We tried very hard to gather up as many of them afterwards to bring home with us (I also have a large jar of the sea glass, as well as a small jar of sand from the very spot we took our vows….I’m not usually so mushy, but this was important to me!)
Here’s a few shots from our wedding:
All right, enough of that! Back to work!!
I really wanted to display our starfish in a unique way. I didn’t want to do anything cheesy–framing seemed too obvious and we just have so many of them! I finally decided that I just wanted to stick them to the wall, and at first, I put a glob of earthquake putty on each one and just stuck them up like that. This was all well and good until we had a really hot day and I walked in to find that my painstakingly-lined up grid of starfish was now a detail from a Dalí painting.
It was then that I had my ‘Ah-ha’ moment. Thumbtacks. All I needed was thumbtacks.
Here is the world’s most complicated how-to:
Put a decent glob of hot glue in the center of the back of the starfish, and sink your thumbtack into it so that the glue rises over the first lip of the head of the thumbtack. Hold it in place until the glue is set.
Let that glue harden and cool completely. Meanwhile, mark off a grid in the shape that you want it on your wall. I did a grid of twenty-four starfish: four across, six down. The marks represent the center of each starfish, and I went ahead and spaced mine six inches from each other (every starfish is, obviously, a different size, so this winds up being an imperfect science–but it works!)
Now, take your fully-dried starfish and gently press the thumbtack into your mark on the wall (if you have drywall–if you have some sort of paneling, you may want to pre-drill a bit so the thumbtack goes in easy).
There you have it!
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