Last Updated on April 17, 2020 by Maria Brittis
If you love beach decor projects. I have a project that will teach you how to make seashell bookends with scraps of wood.
I am so lucky to live in the southern region of the united states where I am surrounded by beaches and waterways. I am obsessed with visiting different beaches. I have loads of baskets filled with seashells from all my trips to the beach. While walking the beaches my mind wonders what projects I can make next with these seashells.
With all the scraps of wood, I have a home I decided that I needed another set of bookends. I loved the ones I made with oyster shells. The new bookends would be perfect for the guest bedroom.
- Scraps of wood (4 pieces (5 inches by 5 inches)
- E6000 glue
- Liquid nails
- Foam brush
- Decoart white paint
- Decoart Blue vintage wash
Step 1: Paint the wood
Paint the 2 pieces of wood white. I used a white enamel Decoart for the base color, by painting the wood white it serves as a primer. It will make the main color aqua look bold and bright.
Step 2: Paint it turquoise
After painting the base color on both pieces of wood white. I made sure it was nice and dry before painting the second coat of turquoise.
Set 3: Stencilling the coral
Once the paint dries tape on the coral stencil to get ready to paint over it. Dab the foam brush onto the paint and lightly press over the stencil. Do not add to much paint onto the stencil so it doesn’t bleed. Once you cover the entire stencil, wait 10 seconds and lift it carefully.
Step 4: Adding the shells:
Now its time to glue the shells on the other piece wood. Position the shells in a way you find pleasing to the eye. Glue one shell at a time to the wood. Design a mound of shells that you feel create something artistic.
Step 5: Glue the wood together
Add liquid glue to one side of the wood and attach the two pieces of wood together. (As shown in the picture below.) Let the bookends dry overnight before adding any books to it.
I am so excited about the way the bookends turn out. I love the turquoise color, the white coral stencil really stood out and the mound of seashell design turned out better than I imagine.
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