Turn Your Found Beach Treasures Into Art.

3 Materials
$10
6 Hours
Easy

Living on the coast means alot of beach days collecting trasures like shells drift wood and sea glass, but what to do with it all??? Why not turn it into artful center pieces using Unicorn SPiT gel stain?
turn your found beach treasures into art , crafts
The best part of using Unicorn SPiT for this project is it wont overpower the natural beauty of the shells and driftwood. Because Unicorn SPiT is a stain not a paint it will enhance the patterns and striations already present. I used a tiny paint brush dipped in water and just the Unicorn SPiT in the cap of the squeeze bottle.
turn your found beach treasures into art , crafts
I brushed on Zia Teal, Blue Thunder and Dragons Belly sprayed with water bottle and used my finger to blend on each piece of driftwood and shell.
turn your found beach treasures into art , crafts
I continued this processes until each piece was covered and beautifully enhanced, blending with just water on the tip of my finger.
turn your found beach treasures into art , crafts
Once the Unicorn SPiT was dry I aplied two coats of Tung oil with a sponge brush to seal the pieces, and give them a shiny finish.
turn your found beach treasures into art , crafts
turn your found beach treasures into art , crafts
I let each coat dry completely before applying the next coat but there was no sanding in between coats.
turn your found beach treasures into art , crafts
See how it shines now...
turn your found beach treasures into art , crafts
You can still see all the natural beauty of each piece.
turn your found beach treasures into art , crafts
this one is my favorite...
turn your found beach treasures into art , crafts
All there is to do next is arrange your treasures on a tray, plate or other piece you have around a candle (I use LED candles). I put my Maine sea glass down first the arranged my drift wood and shells around the candle.
turn your found beach treasures into art , crafts
How pretty is that? I'm happy my beach finds have a new artful look and can be enjoyed for a long time. Have fun turning your treasure into artful center pieces.
turn your found beach treasures into art , crafts

Suggested materials:

  • Maine beach treasures
  • Unicorn SPiT gel Stain
  • Tung oil

Have a question about this project?

3 questions
  • MsCaliLady
    on Jun 3, 2016

    Where do I find Unicorn Spit? Hardware or craft stores? I have tons of shells and love this idea!

    • Paula Yenerall
      on Jun 4, 2016

      These shells are gorgeous. Spit lets the natural look come through. It can be ordered on www.unicornspit.com. which is located in Kansas. There are several vendors selling this also. We are vendors in California. If you'd like, you can visit unicornspit and look at local vendors where you'll find us as Sweet Spitunias. Thank you.

  • Christy Flanagan
    on Jun 4, 2016

    Why stain the shells? They are beautiful au natural. Just use the Tung oil and seal to enhance their natural beauty. The sea glass adds the color.

  • If It's Not tung oil, I can use a polyurethane lacquer, for example? (translated Spanish): Si No Es aceite de tung, puedo USAR Una laca poliuretánica, por example?

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  • Maria L Hussain
    on Jul 9, 2016

    Beautiful! They make a great decoration, for a bathroom for example! Thank you!

  • Rebecca Platt
    on Jul 13, 2016

    These are beautiful. However, tung oil is highly flammable. I keep all such products like this in a tin container with a lid in the garage. Many home fires have been the result of improper storage. FYI

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