diy: metallic seashell ‘catch-all’

Quick. Easy. Cute. Affordable. Functional. All words I would use to describe this DIY project.

If you follow me on instagram [@courtney_stifel] or snapchat [ckay27] you know that Jake, Kenai and I have spent lots of time hiking our favorite hidden trail down to a beach that only exists during low tide. Beautiful and lightly traveled, this spot just fifteen minutes from our home feels like a mini getaway.

Jake and I walk along the water’s edge keeping an eye out for unique stones and shells. Kenai runs ahead dipping in and out of the bay, occasionally fetching sticks that require her to swim. There are colonies of tiny crabs taking shelter under rocks, ducks floating with the current and seals cruising the waterway not far from shore.

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Intending to repurpose pieces of nature’s beauty, I’ve been collecting small rocks and shells that high tide brought in and low tide left behind. Inspired by these oyster shell trinket trays, I decided to make some metallic gold ‘catch-all’ creations of my own.

Here’s how:

  • Rinse shells to remove any dirt or sand. I used a couple drops of dish detergent on mine, but if the shells have an odor you may want to sanitize them by soaking them in bleach.
  • Dry thoroughly.
  • Spray paint. I painted both sides of the shells, starting with the inside. Allow the coat to fully dry then turn over to spray the outside.
  • After both sides are dry, place them around your home as stylish and functional dishes.

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Right now I have three shells on my nightstand for when I take off my jewelry before bed.

Other uses for consideration: on an entry table for keys, in the kitchen (I take off my rings when mixing food by hand) or on a vanity to hold hair accessories like bobby pins.

Can you think of another good use or place for these gold beauties?

xox courtney


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