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October 29, 2012

Seashell Ornament Craft Idea

Madigan made… a tree shaped ornament idea with shells.

Christmas ornament idea made with shells

Is it too early to start talking about Christmas projects yet? I know. I know. Halloween is not even here yet.

Don’t let this post fool you into thinking that I’m way ahead of the holiday curve. I have to confess that this is an ornament that I made right before Christmas last year!

If you look very closely at the top of our recent tree, you can see it hanging there.


As I’ve told you before, I love free craft supplies from Mother Nature. I’ve turned seashells from vacation into a necklace. And I decoupaged leaves to make a fall vase filler recently.


This tree shaped ornament was made from three shells (in three different sizes) that I picked up on vacation in prior years. I often try and buy a new ornament whenever we go on vacation. And recently when we were in Florida, I could not find an ornament I loved. So, I decided to make my own!

I don’t have a tutorial, but if you take a look at the back of the ornament, I think you can get an idea of how I made it.

shell ornament idea

I used heavy, gold floral wire that I found at the dollar store and threaded it through the ‘holes’ I found naturally in the shells.


Hot glue helped to secure the shells down in the tree shape. And then for the top and bottom of the tree, I used more wire and some decorative twists to create a tree trunk and hook to hang the piece.

simple Christmas ornament - a tree made with shells

It is not a very complicated or fancy ornament, but I still love it. It is a simple way for us to remember our vacations at the beach!

September 7, 2012

Guest Project: Easy Framed Shell Art

Madigan made… Mom Endeavors a feature!

DIY Shell Art in Bathroom


TGIF! Time for another guest project!


Those of you that have hung around this blog long enough know that I am a HUGE fan of DIY wall art. A simple idea like framing sea shells is perfect for a beachy bathroom. Do you have any shells that you picked up this summer on vacation? Well, head on over and visit Sara to find out how to make DIY shell wall art.


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July 13, 2012

Guest Post: Beachy Décor Ideas

Madigan made… a guest post at House of Hepworths!


Hi gang! TGIF!

I’m taking a slight departure from my usual Friday guest project.

Instead of showing off a reader feature, I’m a guest today over on House of Hepworths! I love the beach and I’m sharing five different way I brought the beach ‘inside’ with Allison’s readers.

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June 11, 2012

DIY Furniture Update: How to Tile a Table with Glass Gems

Madigan made… a beachy, painted and tiled side table makeover.

beachy, painted and tiled side table
Can you believe that after blogging for 2 years… I have yet to show you my master bedroom?

I’ve shown you bits and pieces… like my brooch wall art and the beachy starfish wall art in our master bath. But, gosh, I really need to show you more of this room!

I will get around to showing you our whole master bedroom, but I recently updated our nightstands and I wanted to share them with you today. As you can likely guess after seeing this project, we kinda got a blue, semi-beachy theme going on in this room.

I’ve nicknamed these ‘new’ tables my bubble tables, because that is what they look like to me.
Nightstands covered in tiny, blue, glass bubbles!
table tiled with glass gem marbles
They were inspired by my modern beachy glass wall art that I created with glass gems for our master bathroom last year.

I actually had hoped to use small, glass mosaic tile on top of the tables in the framed, inset area. BUT, then I started to price out the cost of glass tile! Not cheap! I knew that there had to be an inexpensive alternative… so after the glass gem art, I figured that I could cover a table with them, too!
I was going to apply the gems to the table using traditional tile adhesive and grout. But I really wanted to showcase the glass… I did not want the pebbles buried in white grout. I thought that clear grout would be pretty… and silly me thought there there was such a thing! After a little more thought, I figured, why not try resin?  Resin is clear and the inset area at the top of the table was perfect for holding any runaway flooding. So, that’s the direction I went.

The picture at the top of this post is the table on my husband’s side of the bed and below is the table on my side of the bed (I need a big brown basket under mine to hold my fav bedside reading):

table tiled with glass gem marbles

And do you want to see what these table looked like before I got my hands on them? They were dark, brown and kinda dull. The pieces actually are repurposed living room tables that we had from an old furniture set:
table before after

How did I transform these plain brown tables into light and white sea glass topped night stands?

Project List & Cost Estimates:
  • Two side tables, on hand
  • 5 cans of spray paint, about $20
  • Sand paper/sanding block, on hand
  • Blue latex paint, on hand
  • 11-12 bags of small glass gems, $12
  • Clear, water-based polyurethane, on hand
  • Craft glue, on hand
  • Pourable 32 oz. resin kit, about $17 (I used a 40% coupon at the craft store)
  • Total project cost for two tables: about $39 and up

Step 1: First, I prepped the tables for paint.

I wiped each table clean with a damp cloth and then I lightly sanded the surfaces with a fine grit sanding block. I used another clean cloth to remove the dust after sanding.
spraypaint tip
Just like I did for my recent chair makeover, I propped up each leg of each table using a tack nail. This kept the leg high so it would not stick to the surface below when painted.

Step 2: I spray painted each table white.

spray painted each table white
I took the tables outside and coated each table with multiple, thin coats of Krylon Dual in white. (a paint & primer in one) TIP: When spray painting furniture, the key is to use thin, multiple coats. Allow some time to dry between each coat, but be careful not to reapply after the manufacturer’s instructed window of time. Many companies advise NOT to reapply after 60 minutes from the last coat… then you should wait 24-48 hours to reapply, depending on the paint. (or you will end up with a hot mess of bubbling paint!) I ended up using about 2+ cans for each table and allowed the tables to dry for at least 24 hours.

Step 3: I painted a panel of pale blue color in the center of each table.

I wanted to have some color peek up underneath the glass gems and through the clear resin… so I painted the interior inset area with a very pale, blue-green latex paint. (It is actually the same color I used on the lamp shades… and I’ll be telling you more about the lamps soon.)

Step 4: I applied a sealer/polyurethane over the white paint.

painting tips polyurethane
To help seal and protect the spray paint, I used a brush-on, water-based sealer and covered the white, painted areas with it. You might not need to to this if you used a gloss white spray paint, but I used flat spray paint (not as durable as gloss). I wanted another layer of protection and to add a subtle sheen to the finish.  I find that poly also helps ‘smooth’ out any uneven ‘over sprayed’ areas from the spray paint finish, too.

Step 5: I glued down the glass marbles to the table top.

tutorial to tile with glass gems
After the pale blue inset on each table was dry for >24 hours, I glued down rows of the glass gems using a white craft glue.  You need to do this step to secure the gems down. This way, the glass pieces don’t float in the resin and it prevents bubbles that might get trapped under the gems. I used a jewelry glue (i.e. GemTac or Jewel-It) because I had it on hand and jewelry glue dries crystal clear.
I started out at one end of each table and glued down row after row of the gems. Since the pebbles varied in diameter and size, the rows became a little less straight and slightly more organic as I worked across the table. The glue did not dry immediately and that gave me some flexibility to shift the gems around a little as I filled up the table. I ended up using about 5-6 bags of dollar store gems for each tabletop.

Step 6: I prepared and carefully poured resin between the glass gems.

resin to  tile with glass gems
I used almost a whole 32 oz. box of Envirotex resin for this project. I was slightly intimidated to work with resin but it was not as as scary as I thought it would be. Using this resin requires you to mix two chemicals together in equal parts and then pour the mixture quickly.  TIP: My advice is to read the directions thoroughly and work in a well ventilated area. The mixture is self leveling and the cloudiness clears in time as it dries. You can use a propane flame to help bring bubbles to the surface. Take all the necessary safety precautions that the manufacturer advises.
I did not accurately estimate the amount I would need for each table. I had to fill the gaps around the marbles on each table using two separate mixed batches of the resin… but it turned out ok in the end. I did not completely embed the pebbles with resin… I left the tops of the gems exposed so that the final surface of the table had a bumpy texture.

Once the resin cured for 72+ hours, it was safe to bring the tables upstairs and start to use them. I added silver accessories to each table. My hubby’s side table has a stainless steel pitcher and vase… along with a seashell I painted with silver spray paint.
silver accessories on white table

My side of the bed has a hammered steel bowl to hold all the the random things a girl needs by her bed (like watches, lip balm, hair ties, etc.). Along with the bowl, I added another painted silver seashell and a silver frame.
 silver frame accessories blue glass table
The frame is a simple 5x7 silver frame with a white mat from Home Goods. I printed off one of my favorite prayers on pale green damask paper and slipped it into the frame. I love having this quote near my bedside.
“If God answers your prayer, He is increasing your faith. If He delays, He is increasing your patience. And if He doesn’t answer, He has something better for you.” – Unknown
If you’ve read my personal post about our struggles with infertility and my goal to live for today… then you can hopefully appreciate why I love this quote so much.

The tables look sooo much better now and they help to lighten up these corners of our room. I will show you more of our master bedroom soon, I promise.

Want to know my fav part about this project? I love how the tables almost look like they are covered in water. When the sun shines on them, they sparkle, too! If we can’t be at the beach, at least I have a mini ocean view, bedside!

blue glass gem table

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April 23, 2012

Craft a vacation souvenir into memorable jewelry

paint a gold sea shell necklace      Madigan made…  a painted gold sea shell necklace charm.

painted gold sea shell necklace

Conversation you might have overheard on my last vacation:
Hubby: “Why are you picking up so many little sea shells today?”
Me: “Um… free craft supplies?!?” (duh??)

I don’t know about you, but my husband and I enjoy vacationing at the beach. Over the past six years we’ve been fortunate to be able to get away to Mexico, Florida, and Maryland. (and the NJ shore is not far for us, too.)

And my suitcase always returns home a little heavier from these trips due to my beach combing habits! I’m always on the lookout for pretty shells of all different shapes and sizes. They are great for home decor and crafts.

Have you noticed that some sea shells naturally have small holes in them? Well, I’ve thought that opening would be a perfect way to turn a little sea shell into a jewelry charm. Let me show you how I made mine…

(NOTE: If you did not have a shell with a hole in it, you might be able to use an electrical drill. Please only attempt it if you are comfortable using that tool to carefully drill your own hole.)

turn a seashell into a keepsake necklace


How to make a seashell into a keepsake charm necklace:

Step one: Gather your supplies for the shell necklace.

paint seashells supplies
Find a small sea shell with a hole in it. Make sure it will fit on a necklace you already own. Then, all you will need is gold craft paint (I prefer a liquid gold leaf paint since it mimics the look of metallic hues well and does not show brushstrokes) and a paint brush.

Step two: Paint your sea shell.

how to paint a sea shell
Paint the back of your shell. Allow that to dry and then flip it over and paint the front of the shell. After it dries, you could seal the paint (if you wanted to) but I just strung the shell on my necklace and wore it.

It is that easy and so pretty!

gold shell necklace pendant

If you felt a little more daring… you could use a couple of different sized shells on the same strand. They could nestle on top of each other for a stacked and layered look. But I prefer the simple, single shell.

And I love that when I wear itI will be reminded of our trips to the beach!

painted gold sea shell necklace

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August 30, 2011

Simple Art for the Beachy Bath: Framed Starfish Plaques

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Madigan made...   starfish framed art for the beachy bathroom.

Summer's not quite over yet... want to see a beach inspired project?
Yep, I'm finally getting around to showing you another master bathroom project. It's only been about... oh... five months! Since this is a beachy bath inspired by a beach movie scene, I figured I'd better show you this artwork before the summer is over.

You already saw the inspiration and paint color... and the beachy glass gem art...
Here is another simple art project I made for the opposite wall of the room.

I'm sure you've seen this idea before: mount a starfish on top of a flat surface to 'frame' it.   I'm pretty sure the first time I saw and fell in love with starfish used as decor was at either The Lettered Cottage or the Shabby Creek Cottage. It is a simple idea that I love. A grouping of framed starfish can look so chic and classic.

But what my starfish are framed on? Any guesses?

C'mon, look a little closer...

They are movie projector cases!
Tell me they are not the coolest!?
I spied six metal cases for a buck a piece at a thrift store about a year ago. I was instantly drawn to the beautiful shade of gray blue. Knowing that we'd someday redo our bath in a blue color, I snatched them up.

Don't worry, I saved the interior movie reels for another project... they were too fun to not to use!

To make these 'frames', I glued a clothespin to the back of each cover. (I used wood glue to secure the pins closed, too)

Then, I used more glue and attached a starfish (I got mine at a craft store) to each cover.

To hang the "plaques", I used Command picture hanging strips on the clothespin and wall. (Note - a few kept falling down. I think the angle on the clothespin was pulling at the hook and loop. But if I turned the strips attached to the horizontally instead of vertically, they did not fall.)

A small mother-of-pearl tray with a few shells and glass gems sit on top of the commode.

I love the simple and graphic impact of this grouping. I think starfish can be both cottage and modern.

The watery glass gem frame on the other wall was a subtle reference to the beach. These starfish plaques are a more literal translation.

I love the fall and can't wait for cooler weather... but I'm so happy to have this little beachy corner in our bath.

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May 31, 2011

Embellish Your Flip Flops with Flat Glass Gems

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Madigan made...          an easy and simple flip flip refashion.

The glass gem stashbusting continues!

If you remember, I've used these flat gems as vase filler, marble magnet gifts, fake Halloween 'eyeballs' and beachy glass wall art and for a fun bib necklace.

I wanted to stick them on something else... and I've had a desire to dress up some plain Jane flip flops for awhile now. This was a simple and clean embellishment that was 'just enough' for me.

If you want to make a pair of your own, follow the steps below.

What you will need:
- Flip flops
- 2 large flat glass gems
- Decorative paper
- Jewelry glue (like GemTac)
- Strong adhesive glue (preferably one that will dry crystal clear and/or made for glass)

The steps to make these gems are very similar to the glass gem eyeballs I made for Halloween and the glass gem bib necklace. If you wanted more pictures of steps 1 & 2 below, I suggest reading those posts.

1. Cut out 2 decorative circles of paper. (You can use a 1 inch paper punch or crafty cutter, if desired)
2. Place a dollop of jewelry glue onto each paper circle. Smush a glass gem onto each circle, flat side down. Flip the glass marble upside down and allow to dry completely. The glue should dry completely clear.
3. Once dry, use a very strong adhesive to attach each gem to the center of each flip flop strap. Allow that glue to dry completely.
4. Wear your cute sandals out and show off your pedicure!

I got my flip flops for $2.50 at Target. With materials on hand, I now have some cute (and cheap) turquoise kicks to wear this summer!

Note: I do not advise using super glue for this project. It left a hazy film on the edge of the glass... and a little white powder residue got on my feet. I'm going to make another pair and try another glue. Hot glue could work, but I'm afraid that the gems will pop off too easily. I'm thinking a strong jewelry or silicone glue will dry clearer and cleaner (without a residue). If you have suggestions, I'm all ears! I'll come back and update this post when I find out what may work better.

And please ignore the odd streaks on the inside of my toes. They are not dirty. Some of my sunless tanner settled there and darkened the area! Oops... gotta exfoliate a little more carefully. :D

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