One of my favorite things to do on weeks is explore our beaches and hunt for treasures with my daughter. Sometimes it’s for beautiful gifts from the sea, and sometimes we have a craft in mind. This time we were on a mission to collect white coral and rocks so we could put some old nail polish to good use!
We piled all our brightly patterned creations into a milk glass bowl, and it makes the perfect centerpiece!
We had so much fun painting away, it was just what the doctor ordered on a gloomy day!
We finally painted our eggs! Instead of messing with natural dye again, or picking up the boxed kind, I opted to find something around the house to reuse instead. I can never seem to use my nail polish fast enough, and it always ends up goopy. So using some of my bright colors from last year worked perfect! I started by blowing out the eggs, and of course making some omelets.
Use whatever technique works best, I went with the ol’ pin and aspirator method. A straw can also be very helpful if you don’t have the aspirator.
Then, once the eggs were washed and dry, a little white spackling paste makes the holes vanish. I also created some little egg stands by cutting up all the sections in the egg carton, flipping them upside down, and adding pins to carefully cradle and hold the eggs in place.
Then I put some q-tips into the polish jars, and let Syd go to town painting. She opted for a drippy paint look.
I went for my go-to black, white and gold palette, using sharpies & metallic nail polish.
We cut strips of paper bags to create little nests for our pretty eggs. Here are Syd’s colorful creations:
I’ve had this DIY on my mind for quite awhile now, and finally got around to it last week. It all started when I saw, and fell in love with, these necklaces from Anthropologie. I immediately thought “I can make that!” I have had my shell collection stored away ever since we moved, and this was the perfect reason to sort through it. My collection is entirely made up of shells and coral my dad and I found over the years. So in the end all the necklaces I made have a special memory behind them!
I used nail polish to give the coral the paint dipped look of the inspiration necklace.
I was also inspired to transform the shells with a shiny coat of gold spray paint.
Then I used gold and other colored string to create necklaces.
Sydney even joined in on the fun! I assemble her necklace first, then let her paint away.
To finish off the necklaces you can either add a clasp to your string, or attach the coral or shell to a finished chain.