I moved into my new apartment last summer, the walls are all painted a very dark tan color, which is a million times better than the normally all white very sterile feeling that most apartments have. But this also meant that many of the items that I brought with my from my last place didn’t really match or work well in my new spaces. Well, one of the non-working items got replaced this weekend because I bought myself a new shower curtain, white with sequins on it, totally girly! But I can get away with it; that is the beauty of living alone! But a new shower curtain means that none of my old bathroom accessories match, so I created a new wall hanging out of a bunch of old materials I already owned and came up with this Capiz Shell Art.
I had this framed piece of fabric hanging in my bathroom already so I used the frame, along with an old capiz shell garland that I have had for years. It was actually an after Christmas clearance find as TJ Maxx like 3 or 4 years ago. And some simple burlap to create this new bathroom art.
The frame is from the Goodwill, it is actually a cartoon puppy collage framed print originally from Target, but I got it at the goodwill a few years back because for $3.99. So I had already disassembled the frame once before. Framed prints often have the back of the frame covered in that brown paper stuff, but you can just use a razor blade to cut along the inside back of the frame to expose the staples that hold the back of the frame in place. Once they are exposed it is easy to bend them up and disassemble the frame to use it for something other then what was in it when you bought it. Buying ugly framed prints at a thrift store is a great way to get a nice large frame and mat for a very low price.
So for this project I just disassembled the frame again and removed the fabric that was in it. Then I cut a piece of burlap about a 1/2inche smaller than the frame on all sides and taped it onto the mat.
Then I cut all of the capiz shells and other sea shells free of the garland. It was really just a bunch of shells strung together with a long piece of fishing line so it was east to cut them all free. I also cut the top tabs off of the round sea shell things. The metal edge on these is just foil so it was easy to get under the little round tab and cut them free.
Next I arranged all of the shells on my burlap, making sure that everything was nicely spaces before I hot glued them all in place.
The last step is just reassembling the frame and hanging it back on the wall. Simple and easy and completely free because I already owned all of the materials! Now I have some new art in my bathroom which is a far better match then the previous one. Oh and I should mention that I LOVE capiz shells, and have for years and years, long before they were all the rage and everyone was hanging capiz chandeliers in their house. But now I am super excited to attempt one of those faux capiz chandeliers for my bathroom!
What do you think? Have you been framing anything that was not originally intended to be put in a frame? Or maybe you have reused some items that you have had around the house to create something new and fun? Share your projects in the comments I would love to see what everyone has been up to!