Looking for a festive idea for your next centerpiece? Look no further than Dekorella’s beautiful silver seashell collection, an easy DIY that will become your go-do decoration process. Whether you’re a seasoned crafter or a complete beginner, this craft is fun and relatively inexpensive, and only limited by your imagination. Try grouping items together, like an arrangement of food, or a pair of animals, or even, as Dekorella has done, found inspiration in some of the ocean and forest’s bounty.
Although this DIY is considered simple, there are still steps prior to the actual painting. The item needs to be primed; sometimes, depending on the type of paint, you may need a second coat or even a clear finish. You also need to wash the item after priming, so that there aren’t noticeable specks of dirt, grime, or sand. These might seem like common sense steps, but there are always things one may not consider when beginning a new type of craft.
To make one or more of these candlesticks, you will need to gather the following items:
- Plastic item (if you don’t have many plastic items that could double as a candlestick, you may want to use glass or natural items like shells, though of course with any of these, you will need to ensure that any purchased candles will fit in said candle holder)
- Metallic Paint (if you don’t fancy silver, you could try gold, copper, or bronze)
You may also want to consider fetching some newspaper or plastic sheeting to use when spraying, along with safety goggles and gloves. First, sand your plastic – the scuffing will give the primer and spray paint more ‘grip’. Wash the item after so that all particles are rinsed off to prevent marring on the surface. Take your item outside and spray with primer, and, once dry, the metallic spray paint of your choice.
That’s it! You’ve got a brand new, modern looking candlestick and the ability to make more as holiday centerpieces, gifts for friends and relatives, as well as bookends, wall sconces, and guest room decor. Look through Dekorella’s site for more inspiration.