It’s been a hot minute since I have done a DIY project. I wanted something new for my new apartment front door to welcome guests. So, being the frugal woman that I am, I used what I had and made my own DIY Sea Shell Monogram Tutorial.
It was fairly easy and took me just under two hours to create.
This is part of the AT Home DIY Challenges for each month. July includes creating any DIY project in two hours time. This doesn’t include drying time. But actual work on the project.
Sounds fun, huh?
Before I get started with my DIY Sea Shell Monogram Tutorial, I wanted to tell you a little history about my shells for this particular project.
These sea shells are a small sample from my grandma’s own collection. She loved the ocean, sand between her toes, beach camping and collecting shells.
She has been gone for 31 years and these are shells she collected throughout her life. So these sea shells are 80+ years old.
That is fascinating to me since I really like vintage, rusty, chippy goodness. Not only are the sea shells old, but sentimental to me, as well.
Now on to the full tutorial itself.
It all started with this monogram I found at Kirkland’s.
I love the scroll F for my last name. But, I don’t have a lot of black accessories in my home.
I used two coats of indoor satin paint from Valspar to get the lighter touch that I enjoy.
Once the paint was dry, I used E6000 to adhere the shells to the circular part of the monogram. I tried to keep the shells basically the same size and color. But that is NEARLY impossible because they are made in nature. So I did my best.
I liked how it gives a sand effect. It took awhile to get it how I wanted it. But, in the end I was pleased. This process took about 3 hours.
With a sponge bush I brushed on the mod podge in small areas, then sprinkled on the crushed glass. I did three coats of this until I liked it.
*Note to self. Be prepared for the crushed glass to bounce, pop and spread EVERYWHERE. Even though I had a paper underneath and in a box. It seemed to have a mind of it’s own. Needless to say, I will be finding these tiny pieces for awhile. :) I would suggest doing this outside, in a garage or dirt area.
It’s almost done! I am loving this look. But I wanted one more final touch.
Since I had so many shells, I thought it would look fun with a different type on the jute hanger.
I let the DIY Sea Shell Monogram set overnight to insure that the shells were securely in place.
Now the front door looks like “I” live here! I could not be more pleased with the outcome.
From plain, to beachy vibe. I am lovin’ it.
I hope you have been inspired to make your own DIY Sea Shell Monogram. I would love to hear all about your ideas and what you come up with.
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