It is time for our monthly Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge, can you believe how the year is flying by? For this month’s challenge, I am going to show you how to display a shell from your beach vacation using a candlestick. Or any shell you may have.
Now, this isn’t the first time I have made one of these. But I made it prior to blogging. And it is a Pinterest inspiration but I don’t know what blog I saw it on. So it isn’t a new idea but since we are in the summer season I figured now is a good time to show how to make it.
- Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
- There’s no monthly theme.
- There’s no budget to stick to.
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There are certain things I buy when I go thrift store shopping such as candlesticks. And this project is perfect for our challenge. If you are new here, a group of bloggers upcycle something bought at a thrift store or garage sale. And we are a creative group. There is no budget or theme. Whatever inspires us. That is what makes it so much fun.
So back to the project. My friends, Carol and Dave were downsizing and had a garage sale. This was several years ago now but I bought 3 containers of shells that Dave collected. So I had everything I needed for this project.
I had mixed up a beachy blue using Poppie’s Repurposing Paint Powder for another project that I was working on so decided to use the left over paint. This product makes a chalk like paint from any latex paint. It mixes better than Plaster of Paris.
This time around I used a glass candle holder. The Poppie’s mixture works beautifully on all types of materials. It took two coats of paint. And I did go back and did some touch-up.
So the shell lays on the candleholder in an upright position I sawed a ¼” dowel to about 3 inches. The measurements will depend on the size of the shell and candleholder.
When I made the other one so many years ago, it was a wooden candle holder so I used wood glue. Since this is glass I decided to do it a little differently. I took a small piece of Sculpey and molded it to fit in the candleholder. Stick the dowel in it to size it. Bake per the directions. I am finding Sculpey is coming in handy. I used it for last month’s project that I was working on also.
After it came out of the oven and cooled, I used E6000 to glue the dowel in the Sculpey and then that into the candlestick.
Let the glue dry and paint to match the candlestick.
I played around with my shells and decided on one I thought looked good. Glue it on the dowel and the edge of the candlestick. Once again let the glue dry.
The final step is to protect it. I used Rust-Oleum Chalked Pro Top Coat in matte.
So that is how to display a shell from your beach vacation. I will probably put this one in my booth since I have the first one I made. You may have noticed the candlestick holding the coral on the tray. It just shows how you can make it a little different. If you like the tray the instructions to make it are here. Handcrafted items do add individuality to your home. And now for more terrific ideas please check out my blogger friends creations.
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