Saturday, June 22, 2019

Make your own Starfish / Sea Star

Do you add a little Coastal Flair to your Summer Decor?

I made these Starfish for just pennies!







 
 
 
Remember back in school when we made Topographic  Maps
 
 
from flour and salt clay? If not here is the recipe.
 

 
 
Flour and Salt Clay
 
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1/2 cup cold water

Add the salt to the water and stir to dissolve.

Then add the flour, this will make the clay feel less gritty.

 

Mix with your hands-
 
yes, I know you want to!
 
 
Smooth like a pie crust. If your kitchen is hot and your clay is sticky
 
just add a small amount of flour....too dry add more water.
 
 
This is the amount of clay I had to work with.
 
 
Store in an airtight container or bag until you are ready
 
to make your Starfish.
 

You will need a cookie sheet and parchment paper.
 

I drew a pattern of my starfish.
 
 

Then put the pattern under the parchment paper.
 
 
 

Then rolled out the clay to match the pattern.

Rounded sides look more real than flat sides.
 
I moved the pattern around and continued.
 

 
I used a pencil to poke holes in the starfish, this gave it texture.


( You can poke a hole all the way through if you want to hang your starfish !)


PIN FOR LATER- Maybe for a Beach themed Christmas tree or
Wedding !




 
Fill up your cookie sheet with starfish.
 
Bake at  250 degrees 25 min.
 
cool to touch, flip and 25 min. on the other side.

You can let these air dry....but I am too impatient  : )
 
 
 
 
I was able to make 9 starfish.
 
 
Now they are ready to paint.

 
 
 
I used a matte white Acrylic paint

 
 
 
I painted front and back. If you use a dry brush, the holes will not
 
fill with paint. They look more realistic this way.


 
 
 
 
Just placed a couple in a wreath

 
 
 
 
 
 
Tied three together in a bundle with jute.
 
 
 



Placed on a shelf

 
 

 
Along side some books-

 



 
Here is a gift tag you can tie on your starfish!
 
It is a vintage souvenir postcard from the Graphic Fairy.
 
You may save and print.
 
 
 
 A gift to a friend!
 
 
 
 Thank you so much for visiting!
 
These are so easy and fun to make- if you have any questions I would be happy to help.
 
Just ask in the comments or email me.
 
Have a great week!
 
xo Lisa S
 
 
 
 
Warning: Not to scare you but be cautious.
 
 PLEASE keep away from small children and dogs that may eat these.
 
This amount of salt can be toxic to animals.
 
 

40 comments:

  1. Great idea! Thanks so much. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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    1. Thank you Cindy !
      They were easy and fun to make.
      xo Lisa S

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  2. This is a clever idea. Thank you for sharing your project!

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    1. Vanessa
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment! I'm so glad you stopped by- xo Lisa S

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  3. I love starfish and this is awesome. Thank you for sharing. I found you at Classy Flamingos Blog Party.

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    1. Thanks Amy ! They are easy to make and I saved myself some money with the faux starfish look.
      xo Lisa S

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  4. These look real! Nice work! This also reminds me to change my decor after the 4th to my summer beach decor!
    www.chezmireillefashiontravelmom.com

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    1. Thank you Mireille!

      So true... In a matter of days I changed from Lemons to Red, white and blue now beach décor is waiting.
      xo Lisa S

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    1. Thank you Carole!
      You are sweet- Thanks for visiting!
      xo Lisa S

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  6. Wow, how cool is this - and to think it isn't that hard to make. Thanks for sharing #TrafficJamLinkyParty and have an awesome 4th of July Holiday!

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    1. Antionette
      You are so kind. It was easy and fun to make.
      Thank you for hosting. xo Lisa S

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  7. Those are so cute! What a great idea. Thanks so much for sharing with us at the Summer Fun party. Pinned.

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    1. Mother of 3
      Thank you so much. I really enjoyed the summer fun party!
      xo Lisa S

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  8. This is a great project. I remember making salt dough for Christmas ornaments as a kid. Thanks for sharing at #HomeMattersParty

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    1. Donna,
      Making salt dough brought back happy memories for me too!
      Thanks for visiting me today- xo Lisa S

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  9. You are so crazy imaginative! Wow! I hope we get to see these coastal lovelies at Tuesday Turn About tomorrow! ;-)

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    1. Thank you Julie! You are so sweet. Yes, I will see you at Tuesday Turn About- xo Lisa S

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  10. I love your starfish and thanks so much for sharing it with us at Full Plate Thursday! Have a great week and come back to see us soon!
    Miz Helen

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    1. Miz Helen

      Thank you so much. I really enjoy your parties!
      xo Lisa S

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  11. Lisa, this is SO clever! I would have never known these were DIY! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm--pinning!

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  12. Thanks for linking up at the #UnlimitedMonthlyLinkParty 2! Shared ♥

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    1. Dee
      I'm happy to find you! Thanks for visiting.
      xo Lisa S

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  13. Oh, I just love this idea! Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party. Pinned.

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  14. I love this so much! I am doing my porch vintage ocean/beach style, and these will be perfect. Do they hold up to humidity or wet air? I mean, they would be under a porch roof, I'm just wondering if it's ok to leave them on the table when it rains and such.

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    1. Jasmine
      Thank you so much!
      Your porch project sounds awesome. I am guessing that these would get sticking if they get wet because they are like dried out biscuits. Then again it may be worth a chance for the price. Let me know, xo Lisa S

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  15. I love sea-water-ocean decor, and I adore starfish. This is such a fun idea!! And so simple.
    #creativeinspirationslinkyparty

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    1. Jennifer
      Thank you for the sweet comment! They were fun to make.
      xo Lisa S

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  16. Lisa,
    I love this idea. Pinned so I can make them. I bought a package of starfish but love the idea of making my own. Once again, you are so creative.
    Congrats, you are being featured at Over The Moon Linky Party.
    https://eclecticredbarn.blogspot.com/2019/07/over-moon-linky-party.html
    Hugs,
    Bev

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    1. Bev
      I am so glad you liked the starfish! They were fun and so cheap to make. Thank you for the feature. Your parties are awesome just like you! xo Lisa S

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  17. Lisa, what a lovely DIY project - I never would have guessed that these were not real! Congrats - you are one of our Featured Guests at Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy this week! :-)

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    1. I am so glad you thought they were real. I was hoping that they did- Thank you so much for featuring the starfish! I appreciate you so much xo Lisa S

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  18. Such a smart idea, Lisa! I LOVE starfish and these are just adorable! Thanks for sharing on Tuesday Turn About!

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    1. Julie
      Thank you so much! They were fun to make.
      xo Lisa S

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  19. This is so cool! Thanks for sharing how to do this!

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    1. Sylvia,
      You are so welcome!
      I am so glad you stopped by- xo Lisa S

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  20. Fun. I've done this with baking soda dough and it's so much cheaper to DIY than to buy starfish.

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    1. Hi Erlene,
      Thanks for visiting! I don't know the baking soda recipe.
      I will have to check it out. I love that they look so real. xo Lisa S

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