Check it Out! I am a beach bum at heart and given my inner-most desires, would live at the beach! I just love it but unfortunately I don't get to go often enough. I have to settle for decorating with beach themed items. My guest/kids bathroom is done in that theme so my newest craft fit in perfectly!
I got this idea from my neighbor Jessie. She has a piece of art hanging in her home that immediately grabbed my attention. It was a large wooden sun soaked frame that surrounded a sand and shell center. She told me some background on the piece that an art friend had made for her and I knew that I could do the same thing only on a smaller scale.
Jessie had given me a stack of silver plate chargers that she no longer wanted not too long ago. Using one of them along with my very small supply of shells and beach items, I put together a wonderful mini beach scape!
At first I thought I could do the whole craft with Mod Podge. I cleaned my charger plate and then laid down a thick coat of the Mod Podge to the center of the plate. This created a well for my beach. As soon as I had the area coated, I sprinkled my sand all over the Mod Podge. Once I had all white spots covered and layered up nicely, I used the pads of my fingers to push the sand down into the Mod Podge. Then I had to wait for it to dry!
I am not great at waiting when I am in the middle of creating so I moved the drying process along by covering the plate with a newspaper and then used the blow dryer on a low setting to dry up the Mod Podge.
I wrestled with how I was going to affix the shells and other items to the sand without messing it up. The sand was still falling off and I just knew that it wasn't going to last long. I looked through my stash to see what kind of sealers I had that would be thicker than Mod Podge yet dry completely clear. I didn't want the sand turning yellow. I wanted to keep it as natural looking as I could. I found this bottle of Save a Puzzle and knew it was the answer. Little did I know how perfect it was!!
I poured a very generous amount of the Save a Puzzle over my sand creating a puddle over it. I let it fill the well of the plate and completely covered the sand. I started with about half a bottle and used it all. I added my shells and other items to the puddle, spacing them out like you might see on the beach.
Then I had to wait again!
As I said I hate waiting! I left the plate over night and then set it in the sun this morning to finish up and I can not get over how awesome it turned out!