Nautical Inspired Necklace Holder

Hi Friends!

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

DIY Cement Nautical 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.

concrete necklace hanger

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.

concrete necklce holder

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.

concrete necklace holder

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.

cement necklace holder

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.

concrete necklace holder

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.cement necklace hanger


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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17 Responses to Nautical Inspired Necklace Holder

  1. Tara April 11, 2014 at 3:28 pm #

    What an awesome idea!!! very cute!
    xoxo, Tara

    • carmody April 11, 2014 at 4:48 pm #

      Thanks Tara!

  2. lauraingallsgunn April 11, 2014 at 8:43 pm #

    How cute and clever!

    • carmody April 13, 2014 at 9:14 am #

      Thank you Laura! I appreciate you stopping by Paper & Fox.

  3. Heather Smith {Woods of Bell Trees} April 13, 2014 at 2:22 am #

    Ok this ranks with the Anthro necklace you did! I ADORE this! Now I am def going to do something with concrete! :D LOVE!

    • carmody April 13, 2014 at 9:12 am #

      Thanks Heather! So, last night I was going to create something else with the concrete and I could not find the bag. How did I misplace a 10lb bag of concrete? I hid it from my kids and apparently myself.

  4. Ana Love Craft April 13, 2014 at 6:51 pm #

    Super cute project!Thanks for sharing this tutorial!
    Hope you have a wonderful day and week!
    Hugs from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft

    • carmody April 13, 2014 at 7:34 pm #

      Thank you so much Ana Love! It was a fun project.

  5. Stephanie April 14, 2014 at 3:11 pm #

    What a fun, beachy themed design. And something I could pull off during nap time ;)

    • carmody April 14, 2014 at 4:19 pm #

      Thanks Stephanie!

  6. nadeen April 14, 2014 at 3:33 pm #

    very neat and cute!

    • carmody April 14, 2014 at 4:18 pm #

      Thank you Nadeen!

  7. Neatly-Packaged (@Neatly_Packaged) April 14, 2014 at 4:55 pm #

    Wow this is neat!!! Thank you for sharing :)

    • carmody April 14, 2014 at 7:00 pm #

      Neatly-Packed thanks for visiting!


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