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Painted Shells for Table Display and the Gift Sign I Made

A customer ordered 22 packages of my decor seashells to decorate the tables for her upcoming 60th birthday. This was a big order and I wanted to give her a special gift.
She chose teal, orange, fushia pink and lime green as her colors along with seashells in their natural condition.
Difficulty: Easy
painted shells - some with a touch of glitter to make them even more festive for the 60th birthday party
painting and decorating these seashells in her choice of colors was a time consuming yet fun project! I painted them by hand but they could have been spray painted too.
I also included seashells and starfish in their natural state
here is the display of shells and starfish with glass cabachons and stones - they will be added to the tables for her birthday celebration
So as her gift I cut out the number 60 in plywood on my band saw...next I painted the sign, then I glued denim fabric on the back and attached the white cord hanger and surrounded it all the way around with white and teal cording. Finally I added the same color seashells to match the table display shells. Positioning the shells on the wood was a bit time consuming, it's like putting together a jig saw puzzle and such fun to see it coming together, I used super glue to attached the seashells with my glue gun. She will be able to hang the sign up or prop it on her table and she will have a lasting keepsake of the celebration. I hope she loves it!
I sure would love to know what you think? My customer loves seashells....so do you think she will like this surprise birthday gift made just for her? I would love your feedbback.
Thank you for any and all comments!!! : ^ )
ps...a sign like this would be awesome for a kid's under the sea mermaid party too. Just cut out the appropriate number - Idea:.You could even use thick poster board and cut it with a razor cutter instead of using a band saw and plywood.

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  • Miriam I
    Miriam I Bay Shore, NY
    on Apr 17, 2015

    Wow, this is the coolest idea EVER!

  • Elvira Pulido
    Elvira Pulido Mcallen, TX
    on Apr 18, 2015

    I love it. I know I would if someone surprised with this. Very creative.

    • Carmela Taglialavore
      Carmela Taglialavore Manchester Township, NJ
      on Apr 19, 2015

      @Elvira Pulido Thank you Elivira - I really appreciate your response!

  • Lori
    Lori Canada
    on Apr 18, 2015

    It is lovely, they are lovely. I'm sure she thought so too.

    • Carmela Taglialavore
      Carmela Taglialavore Manchester Township, NJ
      on Apr 19, 2015

      @Lori Thanks Lori...she hasn't received it just yet. Her party takes place in May. appreciate your response!

  • Ruth  Nederlk
    Ruth Nederlk Webster, NY
    on Apr 19, 2015

    Ilove seashells also. I think it is a beautiful creation you have done. She will love it

  • Carmela Taglialavore
    Carmela Taglialavore Manchester Township, NJ
    on Apr 19, 2015

    Thanks a bunch Ruth! I am grateful for your response!

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