Seafan(tastic)

Why do I adore blogs? They're a constant source of inspiration.

I first caught site of the fabulous homemade seafan art on Alyssa's blog. Then Suzie and the other decor divas on DecorPad created their own fantastic versions here (thanks MochaJava!) and here (thanks KEW!). And most recently, Katie framed her own authentic seafan and I was hooked. I had to have my own.

Seeing as how I live in a landlocked state, there's no hope of scoring a seafan right off the beach. Enter Suzie and her decor prowess, and I was able to purchase my own seafan through this Ebay vendor for approx $12 (shipping included) plus you can choose the exact seafan you'd like. I received it within TWO days of my order placement! Talk about efficient service!

Then it was off to Michael's to buy a shadowbox for $11 (40% off sale)
This one came with three adjustable depth options for 3D objects.

I decided to not clip the "stem" for a more natural look. The seafan I chose also has a less "spider-webby" look.


I had intended to use a linen backing, but decided to go with this textured, pearlized scrapbook paper from the craft store (68 cents!).

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It's new home is in our bathroom. Wanting to add some texture & shine to the space, I pulled out these faux silver dollar sprays from a storage box that I had forgotten about. "Free" stuff--can't help but be excited.
So on one of my daily frequent trips to Target, I snapped up a bronze vase from one of their endcap clearance
displays for $3.24!!
seafan art & silver dollar sprays

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I love how this adds dimension and texture, as well as tying in with our faux coral without being too "theme-y".
Compared to these pricey versions, this is definitely decor on a budget.
Which is essentially my middle name =)

45 comments:

  1. That looks so nice! I was wondering what you used to keep the sea fan on the paper?

    Thanks!

    Christine

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  2. I was wondering the same thing girl - how did you make it stay?

    OHhh...it looks sooo nice in the bathroom...seriously I think we should for a coral club :) I love it. thanks for the shoutout - I am as always, your biggest (sea)fan :)

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  3. Thanks ladies!! You rock my world =)

    The shadowbox I got has adjustable "inserts" so I got lucky enough that w/ just one insert, the depth was exactly enough to hold the seafan in place snugly so that it's "floating" behind the glass (but NOT being crushed). The seafan, stem and all, is almost an inch thick.

    Hope that helps!

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  4. LOVE this! I am totally go to do this.

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  5. This is so cute, I love it. We are getting ready to do a black and white remodel in our bathroom and I am stealing this idea!

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  6. wow, it looks AWESOME. who knew such a simple thing could make such a strong statement? nice work! :)

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  7. Whoa. Very cool! And I reeeally like the $3.24 bronze vase from Target with the silver dollar sprays below it. It's okay, my dear. I go to Target dail- er, um I mean frequently too. You don't have to be ashamed to admit it. :D

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  8. That looks fantastic! Plus, knowing that it was such a steal makes it even more attractive in my mind.

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  9. i love it - it just looks SO nice in your bathroom! fab!
    I am super sad that you got that vase for $3.24. I have the same one - paid full price I think. :(

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  10. It looks PERFECT in there. Your bathroom is just so so pretty.

    jbhat

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  11. Looks great! I love it in the bathroom.. makes the space :)

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  12. We have soulseafans. I just made the same EXACT thing with the same EXACT frame and paper! Isn't that paper pretty?

    http://fabulesslyyours.blogspot.com/2009/03/bit-of-sea-to-see.html

    I ended up using a little pearlized pin to hold mine is, but I like the idea of squishing it in there. Mine's loving it's new home in the bathroom.

    Yours looks FAB!

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  13. OMG Nancy!!!! I think we ARE destined to be seafan soulmates. I mean, right down to the textured paper and everything. *cue the Twilight Zone music*

    Yours looks FABULOUS!

    And thanks for sharing about the pearlized pin! That's a fantastic tip.

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  14. very cute!!! i think you've inspired me to do our guest bathroom slightly beachy - but not palm-treey... :)

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  15. So pretty... and I'm pretty much jealous of your entire house right now. :) Everything you guys have done looks fantastic, and I will just live vicariously through you, lol!

    btw, thank you for the lovely shoutout about my pomegranate print on a recent blog post! I'm glad you like it!

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  16. Another project to add to my longgg to do list. Looks great!!!

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  17. HeHe! :)

    I love the white background! It's so crisp and clean and the pop of color in the Target vase is perfect! Ahhh! I want to move into your bathroom! le sigh! :)

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  18. There like jewelry in your bathroom. You have such great ideas! Thanks for visiting my blog!

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  19. Looks like it was made to go there.

    You rock my little world.

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  20. Oh my word! I love it!! So simple and yet such a statement!

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  21. Love it! I've seen these everywhere and wanted one too. Great job FC.

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  22. Great frugal work. These little touches are what make a room personal. I love the use of the silver dollars. This might be an inspiration that I take as well for our powder room reno.

    Take care,
    Lisa

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  23. Looks awesome! Thanks for sharing the how-to....it has been added to my list of projects.

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  24. Looks awesome...I'm so jocking this idea too! :)

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  25. OOHHH I love this! Perfect addition to the new bathroom.

    I do have an account at DecorPad, but am a total retard when it comes to knowing how to chime into some of the discussions!

    Have a great weekend!

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  26. It looks great. So chic and I love that it was cheap!

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  27. I WANT TO BE LIKE YOU WHEN I GROW UP! DAMN that looks great...you go girl..

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  28. I love this!!! I ordered a Seafan right away! I hope mine comes out just as cute and classy as yours did!

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  29. I love this idea and is exactly the classy beachy look I needed for one of our bathrooms. We have very similar style and I love that you showed it in your bathroom.

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  30. I just wanted to say I adore this! What a great idea. So classy. Love the colors and the simplicity. I wish I had your creativity.

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  31. I did something like this too. I love yours! Your sink fixture is gorgeous.

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  32. loooove the sea fan artwork - I'm thinking I might have to jump on the bandwagon! I did some DIY coral artwork on my blog if you're interested in some more sea-worthy artwork ideas! I too need to bring the ocean to my land-locked abode.
    http://theartfulabode.wordpress.com/2009/02/27/coral-craft/

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  33. I love this project! Your bathroom is beautiful.

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  34. Being from NY and having access to all of the beaches there I have never seen anything like this. This is absolutely beautiful. Also, we used that same frame our wedding shadowbox. Beautiful bathroom too!!

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  35. Hiya!

    I'm totally inspired by the shadow box and the faux coral, too! I've already purchased the shadow box and I'm just looking for the perfect seafan. Meanwhile, would you mind sharing where you got the faux coral? I've looked at a few stores and can't find it.

    Thanks!

    Lizet

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  36. I absolutely love this :) I can't wait until we close on our first home so we can decorate! Thanks for the inspiration!

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