How many times have you collected beautiful objects during an outing and never do anything with them? After finding so many gorgeous shells last weekend at Gasparilla State Park, Florida, I wanted to make sure that I made a keepsake using them.
I wanted it to be something that I would see often and that would remind me of the lovely time we had at that beach. So, off to the craft store I went. At first, I thought I would glue the shells onto a wooden plaque that would hang on the wall. But you know my love of photos. And Michaels has a perfect wooden frame for $1.00! I knew I had some acrylic paint back in the camper, so all I needed was a sponge brush. After sanding with 220 sand paper, I gave the frame one quick coat of paint.
Acrylic craft paint would have been a bit easier to use and less expensive. Lately, I’ve been trying to limit my spending, but I think 50 cents would have been okay to spend on craft paint. Also, in that theme of trying to spend less money, I bought some cheap tacky glue for the project. But after researching projects like this online, I decided that I should use a hot glue gun. Of course, we have about three of them at home, but not one down here in the camper. I asked several neighbors and friends here in the RV park and did not find one. This time Walmart had just what I needed, including satin finish sealer.
After the paint dried, I put down a layer of the most flat shells. I wonder if the frame would have looked better with an all white shell bottom layer or all black shells. But I didn’t have enough of just one color so the first layer looked like this.
The frame looked pretty with just the first layer of shells, but I had lots of shells so I just kept going. I haven’t had much experience with hot glue guns and I’ve come to realize that the ones at home must be low temp. Gee, that was hot! I do have a blister on one of my fingers now. It I ever make another shell frame, I will use tweezers to help place the little shells. Yep, I have a great pair of tweezers at home that I was wishing I had. After 3 hours of gluing, I determined that the frame was finished! I gave it two quick sprays with the sealer.