It’s no secret that I love living in the Carolinas. In the summer is really nice to hop in the car ( with kids and too much stuff) and travel 3 or 4 hours to the beach. I am really excited because we have officially scheduled a beach trip. It has been a long winter. I have been daydreaming about lounging on the beach with my feet in the sand, a secret drink in the shade of my chair and reading a really good book. If you are a parent, you know that this is not how family beach trips go and this is a complete fantasy. Anyways.. It is so nice to have something to look forward to, even if it is a couple of months away. Before the ink could dry on the family calendar I knew that I wanted to do a beach inspired post. I decided on creating a nautical inspired necklace holder with concrete and a vintage mirror.
Nautical Inspired Necklace Holder
I have been itching to make something with concrete and I thought this would be a perfect project. I purchased a small 10 lb bag of concrete from Lowe’s and a seashell candy mold from the craft store.
I used a paintbrush and coated the mold with petroleum jelly. In an old yogurt plastic container I mixed the dry cement with water to make the mixture for concrete. I did not measure how much water I added, but I would guesstimate 4 tablespoons. The mixture was the consistency of peanut butter.
I allowed the concrete to set over night. Once I removed the shells from the mold, I picked out some copper paint to add embellishments on the shells.
Here they are painted. I am a lady you likes metallic paint. I love copper and all the cool effects that you can create with a dark copper paint. These concrete shells would be pretty as decoration or in a bowl with other shells. However, I had bigger plans for these guys.
Remember that mirror inside my vintage suitcase, you didn’t think I would toss it did you? The old mirror form inside the vintage suitcase will be the base of my necklace holder. I used permanent bonding adhesive to attach beads to the back of each shell. This will provide space between the shell and the mirror. I allowed the beads to bond with the shells for 12 hours.
After the beads were fully attached to the cement shells I positioned and used the adhesive to attach the shells to mirror. I allowed all pieces to bond for another 12 hours. I also attached picture hanging wire to the back of the mirror with the adhesive.
I am pretty proud of the outcome of this nautical inspired necklace holder. The concrete shells were fun and easy to make and the vintage mirror creates a cool affect. My DIY Rope Necklace looks quite at home on the cement necklace holder.
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