Clearly I cannot get the beach off of my mind this summer. From this DIY beach sunset painted rock magnet to these beachy decor ideas, I am fully ready for coastal living. This month’s Pinterest Challenge is no exception. Add to your own seaside decor with this DIY seashells monogram wall art.
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The Inspiration Pin
When choosing a pin for this challenge, I was instantly captivated by this tutorial to dye your own sea shells. Admittedly, it’s a kid’s craft, but I’m basically 8 years old at heart, so that works.
Besides, once your kiddos makes these awesome dyed shells, what do you do with them? Now the answer is turn them into a gorgeous piece of decor for your home.
- 12×12 Blank Canvas
- 1.5 inch Paint Brush
- Rescue Restore Paint in Paris Flea Market
- Variety of Seashells
- Blue and Green Food Coloring
- Gilding Size
- Gold Leaf
First, dye half of your seashells blue and green according to this tutorial from Rainy Day Mum.
- Add some drops of blue to your green coloring mixture for a more beachy look.
- I allowed mine to soak for an hour (much longer than the tutorial calls for) before removing them to dry.
While your shells are soaking, begin working on your canvas.
Start by covering the entire canvas with the Rescue Restore Paint. This paint dries very quickly and (bonus) it smells absolutely amazing!
After your paint is dry, add gilding size around the border of your canvas.
- This doesn’t need to be carefully lined or taped off. You want the edges to be uneven.
Next, allow the gilding size to dry until lightly tacky.
If you haven’t done so already, this is a good time to pull your shells out to dry on some paper towels.
Once your gilding size is lightly tacky, begin covering it with your gold leaf. Continue until your entire canvas is bordered in gold leaf.
Then, using a dry brush, gently brush away the excess gold leaf. Be careful not to brush too hard.
When your shells have dried, lay them out in the center of your canvas to design your monogram.
After you are happy with your design, begin gluing your shells down with E6000.
- I found it is easiest to leave your shells in place on your canvas as you glue them down. Trying to do it with all of the shells removed from the canvas makes it difficult to replicate your original design.
Finish off your design by gluing a few of the un-dyed shells to the top of your monogram.
Lastly, allow your glue to dry 24 hours.
Confession. This DIY seashells monogram wall art isn’t for me, although I totally love it. It’s a gift for my mom who wants to decorate her new upstairs bathroom in a coastal theme. Hence the “B” for the monogram instead of an “L”. Of course, if you still really like the look of the beach, it could totally stand for beach as well. Either way, it will look beautiful on a gallery wall or hanging in the bathroom.
Now it’s time to check out what my friends are creating for this month’s Pinterest Challenge! Find out what worked, what didn’t, and how they tweaked these pins. If we can do it, you totally can too. What pin has been sitting on your boards forever? Hopefully you will be inspired to tackle it this week!
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Michelle – Our Crafty Mom • Emily – Domestic Deadline
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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.