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    How To Make Beach Pail Bookends

    I was struggling to figure out what to do for bookends in the nursery when I came upon the idea to make beach pail bookends.  I am so lucky that as my daughter and son in law come back from being stationed in Europe, I get to have my daughter and granddaughters stay with me for nine weeks!!  EEEK!  I can’t wait!  I had to have a room that was suitable for those darling girls, and these little bookends will keep their books upright on a new shelf.  How to make beach pail bookends

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    Beach pail bookendsI love these adorable little pails that looks like they were just carried home from the beach, full of sand and seashells.  The best part is that I only had to spend $5 to make both of them.  Truth be told, I did have the sand and the shells, but it probably wouldn’t cost too much more than that if you needed to buy those items.  Cute Coastal Bookend DIYYou can see a little more detail in the photo above.  Not to worry, that sand and those shells aren’t going anywhere, even if they get knocked over.  So, how did I do it?Red and Blue Pails from the Target Dollar StopI began with a pair of those cute little pails that you can almost always find in the dollar spot at Target.  I am decorating the nursery with a nautical theme, so red and blue were perfect.  Supplies for making sand pail bookends

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    Materials List:

    Two small pails
    Art Plaster
    Styrofoam Eggs (balls could be used)
    Craft Glue
    SeashellsMixing Plaster of ParisI mixed up the Art Plaster per the instructions on the box.   I didn’t use more than 1/4 to 1/3 of the box.  It is a great product that you can also shape and use with molds should you choose.  Setting up plaster in sand pailsI filled each pail about 2/3 full with the plaster.  For the product I used, it was 2 cups of dry plaster to 1 cup of water for each pail.Cutting styrofoam eggsI took a pail to JoAnn’s with me and found that all of the styrofoam balls were too large or too small for what I wanted, so a pair of styrofoam eggs did the trick.  I cut them in half and used the more rounded end to top each of my pails.Coat each styrofoam piece with craft glueEach piece of styrofoam was coated with a thick layer of craft glue, and quite a bit got on my fingers, too.Coating the styrofoam with sandI rolled the glue-coated styrofoam in the sand.  My sand was a little gravel-like, which may have helped it to adhere better than really fine sand would.  I didn’t coat the bottom (flat) side of the styrofoam as I want it to stick securely to the plaster.Sandy snowballsHere are my little sandy “snowballs”.  They turned out perfect the first time!  Making beach pail bookendsI added a generous amount of craft glue to the hardened plaster and set my sand firmly on top.  Beach pail sandy bookendsNow time for the fun part!  I sorted through my shells and began to glue them with hot glue to the little sand “snowballs”.  Beachy Sand Pail DIY BookendsI wanted the buckets to look like a pail of sand with some shells on it, so I didn’t put the shells so thick that you couldn’t still see the sand.Seashell Pail bookends for a Coastal homeHere is a closeup showing the ratio of shells to sand a little better (along with some of the glue strings I hadn’t cleaned off yet).DIY Beach Pail Bookend CraftHere are the pails up on the shelf holding those books.  These pails are heavy enough to hold these children’s books upright with no trouble.  Make these beach pail seashell bucket bookendsI couldn’t be happier with how these turned out and I can’t wait to share the rest of my granddaughters’ temporary nursery with all of you!  I have a couple of more projects to get done and then the big reveal!  Would you make these for a beach house?
    I’ll be sharing this at the following link parties: Dare to Share | Show and Share |  The Scoop | Tips And Tricks | Lou Lou GirlsMetamorphosis Monday | Your Inspired Design | Dishing It, Digging It  | The Creative Circle | Saturday Sparks | Do It Yourself Party | Waste Not Wednesdays

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    1. I love these! What a fun idea. I’m sure your granddaughters will love them. I may have to copy your idea whenever I have a home on the beach 🙂 Great idea to glue the shells that way you don’t have to worry about your granddaughters playing in the sand and shells. I noticed you have some of the Sandra Boynton books. My kids loved her books!

      1. Thank you Dawn! It took me several days to figure out what I would use for bookends, I am so happy with these. Oh, I even love Sandra Boynton books!

      1. Thanks Tim! I can’t wait to share the whole room with you. You can go a little over the top with a theme in a kid’s room, and this one was so much fun to put together!

    2. This is so cute Chloe and I love the step by step photos. My wheels are turning now for all kinds of beach theme crafts. Thanks for sharing!

      1. Thanks Danielle, you are right, no spills, but these are still up on a high shelf, out of reach!

    3. how adorable Chloe, love these! You are going to be busy busy! I’m sorry I’ve missed your party lately, the new time is throwing me off, I’ll try to remember tonight!

      1. Thanks for stopping by Jenna! I sent you a direct email about the party! I hope you join us again soon! You are right about the busy, busy part, those two little girls are very busy!

      1. Oh, Jerusha, I never thought of what a great project this would be for 4H’ers or Girl Scouts! Great idea!

    4. Oh, these are super cute! I’m not so great at crafty-type things, but I think I can handle this. 🙂

    5. What a totally fun idea!! Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party!

    6. Cute project, so clever to get the sand in the pail! Thanks for linking up to Waste Not Wednesday.

    7. Wow Chloe is beautiful I have a show box full shell I collect them I go beach lol I put some as a pic frame inside to bathroom and around candle hehe

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