imageOkay, I’ve decided, Im going with white seashells in our new bathroom!  I have seen seashell hearts on the Internet and really liked the idea of using all white.  The ones I saw were a little fussy and I didn’t think my dear husband wanted a sissified bathroom.  Oh yeah, did I mention that the paint I used is just a plain ole white acrylic?  No expensive chalk paint for me!  

This project was SO easy and I had all the materials unhand.  Even if I didn’t already have them I could purchase them from the dollar store down the street.  

What do you think?  Do we have a winner?

 

Supplies:

Assorted Seashells

White Silicone Sealant

Foam Board

Popsicle Sticks

1/2 Pipe Cleaner

Felt Square

Packing Tape

 

Tools:

Scissors

Sharp Cutter

Paint Brush

Step 1

Preparing the base

  • Draw and cut out a heart shape the size you want.  (image 1)
  • Cut a piece of foam board and a piece of felt the same size.  (image 2)
  • Completely cover the foam board heart with packing tape.  This will prevent any moisture getting to the heart.  (image 3)
  • Glue the felt heart on to the back of the foam heart along the edges.
  • Make two small slits in the back of the heart.  (image 4)
  • Push the ends of the pipe cleaner into the slits (image 5) and turn the heart over and twist the ends together.  (image 6)
  • Glue popsicle sticks on the front of the heart.  This will keep the foam board from warping.

Step 2

Adding the seashells

  • I started along the outer edge of the heart.  Add a generous bead of the white silicone sealant all the way around the edge of the heart.  (image 7)
  • Add a row of seashells so that you can’t see the side of the foam.  (image 8 & 9)
  • Add more silicone sealant to the centre of the heart and add your largest seashells.  (image 10 & 11)
  • Fill in the rest of the heart with seashells.  (image 12)

 

Step 3

  •  ALLOW TO SET UP FOR 12 HOURS

Step 4

  • Paint the heart.  I used two coats of Acrylic paint and then touched up a few areas.

 

Tips

  • If you want a more feminine look, use a piece of ribbon instead of a pipe cleaner.  Instead of twisting the ends, tie them in a square knot.
  • Foam board DOES warp and DOESN’T like moisture.  Please don’t leave out the packing tape and popsicle sticks unless you are using a piece of wood as your base.
  • Silicone Sealant comes in a tube like toothpaste and like caulk.  You can find it at Walmart and home improvement stores.  It is MUCH cheaper than using hot glue or other multipurpose glues.  (image 12)