Framed Sand Dollar Wall Art

I saw this framed sea urchin wall art at Pottery Barn and knew I wanted to make something similar for Summer. It’s large, but at a cost of $139 it’s definitely out of my budget. The Framed Sand Dollar Wall Art is my version of this wall art, although it’s much smaller I still like the impact it has when displayed.

I like that I was able to use things I already had to make something similar but on a smaller scale. Because it’s neutral it fits in any color scheme and can be displayed all Summer long.

Sand Dollar Wall Art using sand dollar paper punch

Supplies needed:

drop cloth leftover from Ammon’s under bed fort
sand dollar punch (Martha Stewart) used for a Summer party
square frame
thick white paper for letterpress or card stock
adhesive glue or glue dots

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I love this paper and even though I don’t own a letterpress I’ll probably be buying more. It’s thick and the texture is beautiful and I feel rich when I use it. Because it is so thick, it’s a little hard to punch though. I had to use my muscles.

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And because the paper is so thick, they almost look real (hubby thought they were). What a bonus!

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Now I also have these cute little sea stars to use on something else. I have no idea what yet.

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Trace around the paper insert from the frame to get the correct size of drop cloth piece. Cut out the drop cloth piece.

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Lay the sand dollars on the fabric to get the right amount and the correct spacing. I hate to measure so I didn’t, I just eye balled it. Don’t look too closely.

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I didn’t have any glue dots on hand but I found this Martha Stewart glue in the drawer and it worked perfectly. I probably wouldn’t have used it if the paper wasn’t so thick though.

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Once they were all glued down, I let it sit for about a 1/2 hour to let it dry before I stuck it in the frame.

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I love the 2 different textures together. It even looks great under the glass.

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And I really like the contrast of the black frame. If you don’t like the contrast you could always paint the frame white or tan.

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I’m so excited to change my mantel again so I can put out my sand dollar wall art along with the driftwood piece. Hopefully I’ll be able to show you soon.

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{ 24 comments… add one }
  • Shirley L May 2, 2011, 6:27 pm

    OH I love this idea! I have everything but the punch but that’s nothing a little trip to Michael’s can’t fix! 🙂 I am adding this to my list!

  • Amy May 2, 2011, 7:54 pm

    Love the look of this Leanne! And it’s perfect for summer! Beachy and beautiful!

  • Amanda @ Serenity Now May 3, 2011, 8:30 am

    Lovely!! This is the perfect addition to summer decor. It looks great. I think your spacing is just fine. 😉

    Visiting from The Stories of A 2 Z. Hope you’ll stop by my blog to say hi. 🙂

  • Suzanne May 3, 2011, 8:51 am

    This is absolutely ADORABLE! And I love how easily and inexpensively you made it. What a fabulously creative idea.

  • radhikanavelkar May 3, 2011, 9:24 am

    What a neat way to replicate san dollars! A great pottery barn knock off!

  • Angie- Bigbearswife May 3, 2011, 3:34 pm

    That looks great! I thought they were real until you showed the punch! I love yours! I think it looks 1000000 times better that the pottery barn one!

  • Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims May 3, 2011, 7:39 pm

    This is adorable! Totally looks like it belongs in a beach home 😀

    I hope you’ll be linking this up to Your Whims Wednesday!

  • Terry May 5, 2011, 7:14 am

    What a fabulous idea. I have started to do our bathroom in a beachy theme and I will absolutely be copying this, lol. Thanks so much for the fantastic idea.

  • Mandy May 6, 2011, 6:58 am

    Cute!! 🙂 This has definitely inspired me!! I need to get with it on my daughter’s “Hula Baby” room 😉

  • Katie May 6, 2011, 2:28 pm

    So cute! What a great idea!

  • Amanda May 7, 2011, 7:10 pm

    I’ve put together a round up of great beach themed projects on Craft Gossip today and included your post. 🙂

  • Jill May 7, 2011, 8:24 pm

    This is VERY cute!

  • Stacey of Embracing Change May 7, 2011, 8:55 pm

    Adorable! I may have to try this – looks seriously awesome!

  • aimee May 8, 2011, 2:04 pm

    Great knock-off! This looks lovely.

  • SouthernScraps May 9, 2011, 3:50 am

    Love this! It turned out fabulous. Now I need that punch, lol ( I already have quite a collection of punches.)

  • TOOTSIE May 9, 2011, 9:37 am

    What a simple and easy project that just is lovely! I like the idea very much!

    have a great day!

  • caroline @ c.w.frosting May 9, 2011, 11:08 pm

    How pretty & perfect for summer! Didn’t realize these were paper until I read the tutorial!

  • Kimberly May 10, 2011, 12:34 pm

    GORGEOUS! I just bought 100+ tiny starfish off ebay for $4.99 for my beach themed guest bathroom and THIS is what I plan to do with a handful of them. Thanks for the tutorial!! Beautiful!

  • Allison @ House of Hepworths May 11, 2011, 7:45 pm

    You’ve been featured at my party this week

    Congratulations! You are awesome. Stop by and grab a button if you’d like.

  • Jessika @ Secret Pie Shoppe May 15, 2011, 8:01 am

    Great idea – thanks for sharing! I’ll have to keep this idea in mind for a birthday gift – I know someone who would love it!

  • simone May 16, 2011, 7:27 am

    What a fabulous idea. I’m your newest follower. Cheers

  • Stephanie Lynn May 18, 2011, 4:29 pm

    Leanne your art work is super cute. I love the idea fo using punch paper – so many possibilities! Thanks so much for linking to the Sunday Showcase Party – I greatly appreciate it. I have featured this. Hope you are having a great week ~ Stephanie

  • B July 9, 2016, 4:44 am

    Love it! I thought they were real too!

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