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!
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.