Thursday, July 21, 2011

Nautical Centerpiece With "Faked" Glass Fishing Buoy

I am just loving all of the Beachy Decor out there in Blog-land right now and it's got me dreaming of all things Nautical for my home. One thing that caught my eye while Pinning away on Pinterest were these gorgeous 12 inch diameter Japanese Glass Buoys:

Pottery Barn used to sell them, but you can only find them on eBay now for $115.00 and up.  Ug!

Then, last weekend, I jumped out of the car to grab this off a yard sale table:

Only Three Dollars???  OK, well, it's not a real, spherical glass buoy...but it is definitely thick, sea-glass and...this is Fake-It Frugal!

With a little "net weaving" using some twine I had lying around, the Buoy was taking shape.

I had a seldom-used, large glass canister that I was hoping to plop this right into and create a beautiful cloche still-life...but...turns out the Buoy was a little too big for that.

So I pulled together my resources and came up with this Nautical Centerpiece instead!  Using raffia, I tied on clam shells to my tiered votive holders (I think I'll be using flame-less candles only in this display) and around the glass canister to unify the look.

Using some sea glass and shells from The Dollar Tree, I created a Sea Floor on the bottom of my canister.  Oh, and see those larger "shells" in the middle?

They're actually hand-painted fabric ornaments I picked up for $0.75 at another yard sale!  Cute, aren't they?

I also think this Centerpiece was a perfect addition to my Pottery Barn Inspired Place Mats!  It's so beachy that no one would know I'm a good 3 hours inland!

Fake-It Yourself Breakdown:

Fake Glass Buoy Nautical Centerpiece (Glass $3.00, Shells & Sea Glass $3.00, Fabric Shells $0.75)

Total Fake-It Cost:  $6.75

Compare to 12" Japanese Glass Fishing Buoy on eBay ($115)...No Additional Display

Fake-It Yourself Savings:  $108.25

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  1. Love your fake it version! And WOW $6.75 is an impressive cost!

  2. What a fun and creative redo! It turned out great!

  3. Wow, I really like how that turned out! How creative! I'll have to keep this in mind.
    I'd love for you to link this at my summer party!

    "Life's a Picnic!" party!

  4. Cute! You did a great job here! I had several dozen smaller floats I bought wholesale for my shop, then closed up, and sold them all at a yardsale...I'm now kicking myself!!!

    Stop by and check out my beach mantel (located in my archived posts in May 2011!)

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    ~Mikey @ Shabby French Cottage

  5. Great job. I love the buoy! If you have a moment, I would love for you to share this project on my Inspiration Board {link party}.
    Thank you!
    carolyn | homework

  6. This is adorable! I actually have several of the real glass Japanese fishing buoys, found on beaches in the South Pacific when we lived there as a kid. You've given me a great idea! newest follower from Yesterday on Tuesday blog. Would love a visit and follow back @ Life or Something Like It.

  7. Wow saving all that money must have made it that much more thrilling to accomplish! great job :)

  8. Great job on that! Very cool & beachy looking. Nicely done!

  9. I LOVE IT! Brilliant! Yours looks so good. I love when you can make something yourself and save so much money! Nice job! :) Thank you so much for linking up to Strut Your Stuff Saturday! We are so grateful for your support and we hope that you will be back tomorrow to share more great ideas!
    Camille @


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