Do you need a last minute gift idea?
I was recently inspired by my blogger friend, Magny Tjelta’s post on making flowers for decorating gift wrapped presents. Be sure to check out her video on her blog:
This got me swirling my watercolor paints around and look what appeared:
Yep! Seashells! 🙂
This gave me an idea to create a garland of shells for a Christmas gift for a good friend of mine.
After I painted my “imaginary” shells on 140 lb hot press paper, I cut them out and added white gel pen accents and glitter! (I was so excited to find 30 different colors of fine glitter on sale at Michaels! I also found a glue pen to apply the glitter. So fun!)
Here is a close-up of the starfish – it looks a little like a cut-out sugar cookie, doesn’t it? 🙂
Next, I made these little tabs out of leftover watercolor paper. I folded the paper in half, punching a hole in one half and gluing the other half to the back of the shell:
I strung some glittery, silver wired ribbon through the holes on the back of the shells. It helped to tape the ends of the ribbon so I could fit them easier through the holes.
I was surprised to have an 8 foot garland with 22 different shells!
So I put them in a box – don’t they look like candy?
And wrapped them up for my friend!
She opened them today and loves them. YAY!
Happy Gift Making! 🙂