Artsy Things DIY Sailor's Valentine (4 of 4)

Published on November 6th, 2012 | by Julie Finn


DIY Sailors Valentine: A Beach Vacation Souvenir

DIY Sailor's Valentine

A sailors valentine is a traditional form of shell craft, and they’re not just for mid-February!

They were most popular back in the 1800s, when they made a pretty darn good souvenir for sailors to bring back to their loved ones from those exotic islands that they voyaged to. Today, they’re mostly the provenance of nautical-themed museums and certain fine artisans…and me!

Sailors valentines can be profoundly intricate, with elaborate composition and loads of detail. They can also be quite simple, letting the natural forms of the sea shells take the focus. Either way, a sailors valentine is quite an easy project to DIY–you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to create a pleasing pattern using shells, and by using your own collection of shells gathered during your most recent beach vacation, you’ll be creating your own completely natural souvenir.

Ready to make your own? Click here for the tutorial!

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I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now. Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.

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