I love to combine textures and finishes. The metallic shine on these smooth candlesticks provides a beautiful contrast to the ultra matte, rough finish of the large sea shells. This easy to make shell project is a pretty way to decorate your home or outdoor area this summer.
- Darice Tonna Shells
- Darice Wood Candlesticks
- Brushed Metal Paint in Gold
- Coastal Texture Paint in White
- E-6000 adhesive
- Darice Hot Glue Gun
Step 1. For this shell project, you’ll want to paint the front of each seashell with the white Coastal Texture paint. This ultra matte paint has a coarse, sandy texture that is perfect for nautical home decor projects like this one. When the first application has dried, add a second layer.
Step 2. Flip the shells over and paint the back side of each shell. Be sure to get all the way inside the shell! When the first layer has dried, apply a second layer.
Step 3. Paint the candlesticks with the gold brushed metal paint. Let the first layer dry before applying a second layer.
Step 4. Once you’ve painted all the pieces and the paint has dried completely, you can start arranging the sea shell stands. Place the shell on each candlestick to determine exactly where you want the sea shell to go. Make sure it is balanced and won’t tip the candlestick over! Once you’re happy with the shell placement, attach it by using E-6000 adhesive with a dab of hot glue. The hot glue will help hold the shell in place while the E-6000 dries.
These elegant nautical seashell stands would look beautiful as centerpieces. Surround the base with flowers to create a pretty focal point for the table. They would also make nice decorative bookends on a shelf. Have fun crafting and creating nautical themed decor this summer!
If you’re looking for another shell project to try, check out this ocean themed tutorial on how to make gel candles.
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Morena from MorenasCorner.com is the kind of girl who would rather have paint on her fingers than get a manicure. Morena’s passion is using thrifted and inexpensive finds to craft designer inspired creations, and she enjoys creating colorful, bold pieces of home decor. The Italian-American daughter of two DIYers, she and her husband strive to pass the tradition and value of handmade to their four children.