Happy Halloween from The Golden Octopus! Don't worry friends... the party is not over after tonight. We have all weekend to celebrate and there is still plenty of time to embrace that spooky Halloween spirit. One way to keep the party rollin' this weekend is to do some last-minute Halloween-inspired DIYs. This Jack O' Lantern adds a beachy, tropical vibe and is a great hostess gift for your friend's epic Halloween party. Check out the DIY below.
If you're like me, you love beachcombing to collect shells, driftwood, and if your lucky, SEA GLASS. After years and years of collecting, I am finally putting my hoarding to good use! No more collecting dust or being hidden away in a box — this sea glass is making its grand debut. Check out my ocean-inspired DIY Diary of this ombre sea glass mobile.
The first step is to lay out your sea glass. I went with a bottom-to-top ombre effect using green, blue, and white glass. You can also get creative with different shapes, colors, and incorporating shells.
The next step requires patience, patience, patience! There is long series of tying knots, so try not to drink too much coffee beforehand. Tie your first knot at the point where you want to insert a piece of glass. Slip the glass in place, and secure with another knot. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.
I chose to use string, but you can also use wire to attach your beach glass to one another, and to the driftwood. Wire will be less time consuming, but if you are planning on putting this outside and don't want rust, then string is your best bet. You can even play around with colors — blue, gray, gold, and silver are all great options.
Although not required, superglue can be a lifesaver here. After tying both knots for a piece, apply the glue atop one side of the glass where the string falls and let it dry for about 30 seconds. This will secure each piece of glass and make it easier to tie the remaining knots.
And before you know it, it's ready to hang....
Indoors or out, this sea glass mobile is sure to impress!
Are you feeling blue? Need a little color in your life? Then you should dip into the color trend of the year with bold indigo blue. The indigo dip-dye and Shibori trend is taking over the design and DIY world, and for good reason—it is eye-catching, boho yet chic, and has an unlimited variety of patterns. See the indigo inspirations below and click on the following links for a more detailed how-to on dip dye, ombre dip-dye and Shibori. You can also purchase DIY indigo kits here.
Table Linens & Napkins
Shibori Napkin DIY via Honestly WTF
My latest painting, "Gold Mountain," is a part of the Gold Dust Series. It is acrylic on a 5 x 7 canvas and is now available on the Golden Octopus Shop. More Gold Mountain canvases with different colors will be coming soon!
Look at this stuff—isn't it neat? Wouldn't you think my collection's complete?
Out here at Ocean Beach, all of my beach walks end in pockets full of shells, sea glass, and driftwood. While I may have a bit of "Little Mermaid Syndrome" going on—these natural treasures are actually a great way to bring some ocean inspiration to your home. Driftwood, the latest obsession, is thrifty (as in FREE) and easy to work with. See below for some great DIY ideas and tutorials.
Mirrors & Frames
Sculpture & Art
Black and Gold are going steady!
Black and gold have come a long way since the 1980s. While their latest fling spawned some overly shiny and embellished decor and fashion, this modern day reunion is a match made in design heaven.
This trendy pair has the perfect blend of glam and dusk that can make any space gorgeous and boldly chic. Support this union by bringing a little black and gold into your own home with a layer of paint or a shiny trinket or two.
Image via Apartment Therapy
Black & Gold Pots
Black & Gold Pots by The Golden Octopus
You don't have to be a fisherman or a sailor to appreciate the many uses of rope. This texturally beautiful and durable line is the perfect medium for dozens of DIY projects. Rope accents and furniture bring a more rustic and charming feel to your home. Fortunately, it is both inexpensive and easy to work with. Below are just a handful of the many great uses for rope at home.