Last Updated on February 27, 2020 by Maria Brittis
How To Paint Oyster Shells Gold Perfect For Party Decor
Welcome to the May Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop, hosted by My Pinterventures. The purpose of this Pinterest Challenge is to motivate all the participants (and you too) to not just pin, but to make it happen! This month, I chose to create a painted gold oyster shell holder. These are perfect for parties or gifts.
This month the pin that inspired me to make the painted oyster shells were designed by Design Sponge. There were many oyster painting pins but the Design Sponge had a great tutorial. I did my own take on some of them by painting the edges and leaving the natural oyster shell for salt and pepper holders. I hand-painted oyster shells white section in gold and used those as a pretty decorative coastal piece on top of a place setting.
- Oyster Shells. (To find oyster shells for sale, you can check your local fish market or online. I live near the coast so there are plenty for sale here.)
- Gold Leaf Paint
- Small Artist Paint Brush
Step 1: Cleaning the Oyster Shells
Clean the oyster with 1/2 cup of cider vinegar and 1/2 cup of water. Leave them soaking in there for a few hours. Take them out and dry for a few hours.
Step 2: Painting the Oysters
I have painted the oysters in two different styles. Style (1.) The entire white part of the oyster. Style (2.)Paint only the edges gold.
The gold oyster shells center ones I used as a centerpiece for my table place settings.
The gold edge ones are perfect for the salt and pepper holder that the Design Sponge created. They did there’s in all gold. I did not use nontoxic paint. The gold leaf is not safe to put anything edible on top of it. What I did was paint the edges so I kept the white natural with no paint. I can now use them for the salt and pepper. I could not find nontoxic gold paint but I am sure its out there.
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