Today I’m on the Blitsy.com blog with a craft to celebrate our memories at the beach: my DIY Seashell Photo Display. I was inspired by these photo clip stands by 7 Gypsies, available in Blitsy’s Everyday section.
We had collected some pretty shells from the various beaches we have visited, but in the end, I couldn’t bring myself to apply hot glue to them! So I used some shells I found at the thrift store, and just placed our found shells on and around our displays. I added photos from our trip to San Diego last year, and vintage seaside ephemera.
Two Quick Craft Painting Tips
So after I painted my wood bases for this craft, I was, as usual, stuck with my “crafter’s manicure”, as seen in this photo. Why do I always do my nails right before painting? It never fails!
But after watching this video by Meghan, crafty extraordinaire at Blitsy, she kept her nails beautiful during this tutorial for her Marbled Push Pins by painting the sides first while holding the unpainted top with her finger, then, painting the top without holding it. So simple, yet genius! Click on over to her post (where you’ll find her video tutorial) to see how she made these cute push pins and learn a few new techniques, too. Thank you Meghan for this and all your great tips!
Here’s another quick tip for making craft painting easier. To elevate your wood project off your work surface, add some push pins on the bottom. This will keep your project from sticking to it as it dries. Plus, if the bottom edge of your wood is curved (like the one I’m sanding below), you will have to paint at least a little bit of the bottom surface of your wood piece, so the push pins will also help you to paint the entire curved edge without having to lift it up. But…don’t use the fancy push pins you just made with Meghan’s tutorial, just your regular office supply ones!
Head on over to the Blitsy.com Blog to see how I made my Beach Themed Sea Shell Photo Displays!