Okay, 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?
White Silicone Sealant
1/2 Pipe Cleaner
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.
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)
- ALLOW TO SET UP FOR 12 HOURS
- Paint the heart. I used two coats of Acrylic paint and then touched up a few areas.
- 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)