Beach Cottage Coastal Craft ~ Nautical Beachy Place Cards

Wed 14th, Mar, 2012

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Beach Cottage Coastal Craft ~ Nautical Beachy Place Cards

G’day Beach Cottage sweet ladies, I hope all is well with you, we are enjoying lovely weather here in Sydney…at last…now are you ready for some coastal crafting? 

It must be said, before we go on, I am not a huge crafter, mainly because I don’t have a whole lot of patience when things don’t go as planned…for me crafting has to be quick, simple and easy for someone with not too much talent in that department.

This then ticks all of those boxes muchly, plus, it throws in an easy way to get coastal style beach decor on your table, without spending much money.

Beach Cottage Coastal Craft ~ Nautical Beachy Place Cards




Beach Cottage Coastal Craft ~ Nautical Beachy Place Cards


I was asked recently by a lovely ex-Lurker reader if I had any ideas for place / name cards that would be a little bit country coastal without screaming beach theme.

I love using luggage tags….

Beach Cottage Coastal Craft ~ Nautical Beachy Place Cards


…and just tie them on, they are easy to pick up, great on the budget, easy to write on and look great too…

Beach Cottage Coastal Craft ~ Nautical Beachy Place Cards Beach Cottage Coastal Craft ~ Nautical Beachy Place Cards


…for a Beach Cottage look, I just hot-glued on some coastal bits and pieces, a few white shells and then every other one or so I used dried Statice (the flower that has been getting a lot of use around here lately)

You certainly wouldn’t need hot glue for this, I think about any glue would work, but I have a hot glue gun, I plugged it in and it was a done deal…too easy ;-)

Beach Cottage Coastal Craft ~ Nautical Beachy Place Cards


I have the luggage labels in white too, you can pick them up in lots of places but I would avoid the boutique paper shops…best value are the dollar stores…

here I thought the name cards in white alongside everything else would be overkill, so went for the creamy manila  colour, I also have these in a more natural

Beach Cottage Coastal Craft ~ Nautical Beachy Place Cards

Beach Cottage Coastal Craft ~ Nautical Beachy Place Cards


You can pick up large packs of shells too pretty cheaply (I look out for ones that are predominantly white, funny that), though some of these I collected from the beach (and gave a good wash)

Beach Cottage Coastal Craft ~ Nautical Beachy Place Cards


I just tied them with string and then around the napkin

Beach Cottage Coastal Craft ~ Nautical Beachy Place Cards

I think they are really pretty and work well if you want that kinda beachy decor, coastal style look but you just want a hint of it going on…who doesn’t love a shell and all the nautical / happy sunshine days connotations that come with finding one of those on your plate?

Beach Cottage Coastal Craft ~ Nautical Beachy Place Cards


Too easy for a touch of coastal on your table…I think they turned out great!

Beach Cottage Coastal Craft ~ Nautical Beachy Place Cards

I’ll call it a day here actually people, when I first sat down to do this post I had visions of this turning into a long long ramble about Tankerton the beach we used to frequent in Kent….boy I miss that place a lot…but I have a small boy here, who is hurting from something at school and he doesn’t need a mummy who is a blogger right now, he needs a mummy who is a mummy…that comes first

So I’ll be seeing ya around, yeah?


Beach Cottage Coastal Craft ~ Nautical Beachy Place Cards


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45 Responses to “Beach Cottage Coastal Craft ~ Nautical Beachy Place Cards”

  1. alison says:

    Hi Sarah

    My daughter and I recently used those tags for her baby shower thank you gifts. We knew it would cost a fortune if we went to one of those beautiful stationery shops. Luckily I found those tags in a newsagency at a bargain price.

    My daughter baked 3 kinds of chocolate chip biscuits and put them in clear cellophane bags (the pretty spotty ones ordered online arrived too late). She tied cream and white spotty ribbon around the bags and we added the tags that were labelled with the baby shower guests’ names.

    We had lots of requests for her biscuit recipe. :)


    • Alice says:

      Alison, I hope you don’t mind but that is such a great idea I am going to have to use it (for my sons christening)… Genius! Now I get to use by biscuiteers cookbook… I (meaning most likely hubby since he bakes like a pro) might make a cookie “cake” and cookie “present” to go in the bags….Thanks!

  2. Justine says:

    We moved to fulham from upper Harbledown near Canterbury last year and I too miss tankerton. I used to park the car near the pub and tennis court and run with the dogs to whitstable.

    • sarah says:

      we used to park near the tennis court too!

      love that beach…x

    • Rachel Saint says:

      How funny, I am reading this in my office in Canterbury, at the University. I live in Birchington and run or cycle between Whitstable and Minnis Bay. Love the beaches here and often pretend that they are as nice as the ones that you photograph in Sydney x

      • sarah says:

        oh you live in one beautiful part of the world! those beaches are divine..nothing quite like a walk along there in the English air….I hope you make the most of it?

        We really miss tucking up against the breakers, set up for the day in a little ‘camp’ with a barbecue and cool box

  3. Christy says:

    Love this idea! And I love it even more that you are stepping away to be a Mom when you’re needed. Great example for all of us! <3

  4. Julie says:

    Love those!

    Just wanted to let you know I have your Too Easy BC Bacon and Bean Stew in the crock pot right now and the whole house smells amazing! Thank you!!

  5. Christy says:

    just checking to see if my new profile pic works…

  6. Christy says:

    one more time…

  7. Christy says:

    I’m sorry, you’re going to hate me…

  8. Krisztina says:

    We use these tags for everything at out house. Cheap, convenient and fits all occasions. I love them!

  9. Alice says:

    Luggage labels Genius! I am trying to organise my sons christening so Alison and Sarah thank you so much! You have both solved one of my problems….Now how do I keep numbers down (I thought my wedding day was the last time I would have to do this, turns out it was just the beginning!)

  10. Michelle says:

    Hi Sarah

    I like you like my craft to be quick and simple as I too am not very talented in that department either and get very frustrated when things don’t work out. However give me a piece of furniture, a sander, some paint or stain and I’ll happily strip back all different pieces and fix them up. I love restoring furniture. Thanks for the idea of the luggage tags as I love to have place cards out when people come for dinner but don’t like anything too fussy.

    I hope your boy is feeling better soon and yes you’re right he needs a mum who’s a mum, keep up the great work :)

    p.s am happy I found you as I’m learning a lot from you on how to improve my Blog which I love, thanks.

    • sarah says:

      glad to be of help with the blog stuff Michelle!

      yes sanding furniture & painting it is pretty easy!

  11. So sweet – and creative, Sarah! Great job! Hey, I’m loving that pretty blue patterned throw over the back of your sofa, too. It’s beautiful!!! :)

    xoxo laurie

  12. Michelle says:

    Michelle again, my Blog name has changed as I just realised the wrong one was posted it was michelle-lisle.blogspot.com i’ts now http://www.home-love-lifeasiliveit.blogspot.com

    have a great day :)

  13. I love luggage tags too – and it’s amazing how something so beautiful and simple can be so elegant. But what I love best about this kind of thing is how it makes your guests feel like you’ve done something thoughtful to welcome them… so it’s not just about the tags and shells and hot glue… it’s about the love!

    x Catherine @ The Spring

  14. Cas says:

    Nice setting Sarah! I’m loving the statice in your pics lately…my mum grows it too and she has buckets of it around her house. Hope your young man is ok.
    Cas x

  15. lizzie says:

    hi Sarah,
    hope you don’t mind me asking ‘where did you get the little white shells’
    have a great day

    • sarah says:


      I got a big bag of them from a shop that used to be in Manly but has since closed down…it’s a shame because I would walk past there most days and they had lots of homey things….x

  16. Rukmini Roy says:

    Honestly, this is great. Yes, i’m a simple-craft lover too. I love things that are simple and effective. I love this tag Sarah :)
    A teeny question: whats that you are drinking? The pink thing. Tell me pretty please?

    • sarah says:

      it’s just cordial with frozen fruit in it ;-) nothing alcoholic I promise haha

      • Rukmini Roy says:

        Ah! I wouldn’t mind throwing in some berry flavored vodka in it but I’m more of a beer girl. Tried sipping spirits? The pink vodka is amazing with cordial, few crushed mint over crushed ice. Would gel with the color tone of the table as well (coughs).

  17. Surely Sarah says:

    We are using luggage tags exactly like this for our wedding placecards – with a bit of jute twine on them to create a rustic look. I blogged about it the other day (how exhausting to make 82 of the darn things). What a coincidence you have done a blog on them today too! Love the look.

  18. Tammi says:

    Ooh, gotta love a craft that is easy and pleasing on the eye ;)
    Love the way you have used these labels Sarah, I usually use them as gift tags.


  19. Fleur says:

    Love that Daisy is coming to dinner! (My daughters name!)
    Not been to Tankerton, but went to Whitstable a lot (My grandfather was the commodore of the Yacht club), I was there that day when Kent got that record breaking 40c day!
    Much love xxx

    • sarah says:

      I love that name Fleur!

      Tankerton is the beach just to right next door to Whitstable where the Yacht club is so you probs might not have been aware it has a different name??
      40C in Kent, wowzas I bet there were some interesting sights around ;-)

      I miss that part of the world Fleur, funny really…nothing beats Australia (as you might feel too?) but those beaches on a nice day in the Garden of England? yeah…pretty special xx

  20. suzanne says:

    Love the photos, the colours are beautiful. I have some natural coloured tags just sitting around with string attached to them, and waiting for something interesting to happen to them.
    Great idea.

  21. Poppy says:

    I love luggage labels too. I have some pretty stickers that I add to mine, saying ‘With Love’ when I use them for labels. But I also have loads of shells which I have collected over the years and a glue gun……………………………Great idea Sarah, thanks!

  22. Deb says:

    I love those tags, I use them for everything. Yours look very cute!

  23. Marie says:

    Mummy trumps blogger any day! Love little craft which I love…thanks for the inspiration.

  24. Laura says:

    You have a perfect eye for colour coordination and placement. You decorating is absolutely stunning! You are very talented. x

  25. Jenny says:

    Where did you get the quilt from that is on your couch in the pictures? If you made it where did you get the material from? I love the colors of it!

  26. Katherine says:

    Simply….pretty & effective. I love that deep pinky colour – the drinks look so beautiful : )

  27. Jasmine says:

    Super cute! I love the way they match in a non-matchy kind of way. I also love the way you’ve tied the purple colour in with the drinks! Did you just put fresh berries in the drink or were they frozen? I love the way they’ve bled into the liquid.

    x Jasmine