I was so lucky when my daughter came back from being in Europe with the military I got to have she and my granddaughters stay with me for a marvelous nine weeks! I couldn’t wait, to have them stay with us. I really wanted everything to be perfect for their lengthy visit. Those sweet little girls needed to have a room that was welcoming and decorated to the nines.
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Our new home is a low country coastal style home and I wanted to keep some of that style carrying through on the interior. Of course I didn’t want it to look like a seafood restaurant! One of the things I love about decorating children’s rooms is that they can be a little more themed and a little more fun. I found this great bookshelf online and wanted to add a little library for bedtime stories for the girls. Bookends were needed!
I 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. If you are headed to the beach this summer, this is a great craft to do with those shells you bring home!
You 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?
I began with a pair of those cute little pails that you can almost always find in the dollar spot at Target or your local Dollar Tree. I am decorating the nursery with a nautical theme, so red and blue were perfect.
I 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.
I 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.
I 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.
Each piece of styrofoam was coated with a thick layer of craft glue, and quite a bit got on my fingers, too.
I 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.
Here are my little sandy “snowballs”. They turned out perfect the first time!
I added a generous amount of craft glue to the hardened plaster and set my sand firmly on top.
Now time for the fun part! I sorted through my shells and began to glue them with hot glue to the little sand “snowballs”.
I 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.
Here 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).
Here 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.
I couldn’t be happier with how these turned out. The entire nursery came together exactly as I had imagined. Isn’t it great when a room in your mind becomes a room in real life? Times have changed, these little babies aren’t little babies any longer, but I will always be proud of how this sweet little nursery turned out. You can see the rest of the details at Decorating a Nautical Nursery.